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

Donjindra Wrote: Feb 26, 2013 11:01 AM
"Quotes are far different from actions.: Yes they are. But Hitler largely followed through. "Hitler forced all churches within the Reich to replace the crucifix at the altar with a portrait of Der Fuhrer." Your source? "America suffers statists on both sides of the political aisle, both espousing principles that do not fit the description of liberty." Exactly. "American right=less govt., more individualism. " False. American right is anti-individualist.

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...