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It's Time to See Joe McCarthy For the Hero He Was

AZYaateeh Wrote: Feb 25, 2013 6:17 PM
There's absolutely no evidence McCarthy was gay. But you savages outed Cohn—in the 1950s—purely as a "politics of personal destruction" tactic...to protect people we now know were colluding with Stalin. Self-righteousness with the blood of 30 million deaths on their hands is almost FUNNY.

Freshman Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is just the latest in a long series of public figures to be reviled for "McCarthyism" following his recent questioning of Chuck Hagel, President Obama's nominee for secretary of defense. The response? Conservatives have rushed to defend their own against the charge. To understate the case, that's not enough. It's time to debunk McCarthyism itself.

No matter how much evidence vindicating the late Sen. Joe McCarthy comes out, what we call McCarthyism remains anathema in American life. Simply to utter the word is to deep-freeze debate, even thought itself. Even as we learn about the...