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

baddham Wrote: Feb 25, 2013 12:54 PM
To say that he was "wrong about most everything" is to be willfully blind. It's a known fact that there were literally hundreds of communist spys and sympathizers in our government in those days (specifically the State Dept). Rooting them out was necessary. The Constitutionality of his process was questionable (at worst), but to complain about his civility is moronic. The civility against him was way worse than what he dished out.

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...