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The Double Threats

Steve of CA Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 4:09 AM
"Some conservatives like to summon the ghost of Franklin Roosevelt whose programs could be said to have sparked the modern entitlement mentality. For liberals, it's McCarthy. " In other words, both sides do it.
binc Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 8:02 AM
McCarthy was vindicated by the Venona papers. Roosevelts welfare state and it's effects are on full display daily. I wonder when the freedom of information act will uncover something that vindicates Roosevelt and the mess he created.
Steve of CA Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 3:05 PM
McCarthy was a demagogue but the John Birch Society is even worse.
Chestertonfan Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 7:46 AM
Nonsense. "McCarthyism" was forced into our language as representing a horrible process and point in history. Nothing of TH sort has been done v a v FDR.
binc Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 8:04 AM
McCarthy was right. There were many communists in our government and entertainment industry.
Chestertonfan Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 8:27 AM
pepnm Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 7:44 AM
The big boost in entitlements came from Pres. Lyndon Johnson. Remember his words; ''this will keep the n*****s voting for democrats for a 100yrs''
IndeePendent Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 10:56 AM
Looks like LBJ got it right. 100 years may be a modest prediction. We'll see.
Just an old soldier... Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 7:36 AM
True. However conservatives don't have the major propaganda outlets that the left does (ABC,CBS,NBC,CNN, MSNBC, etc.) Also, the left has been uniquely successful in making McCarthy a reviled figure, even though he was right.
FDR is still a figure for adoration for the left, even though his misguided policies set us on the road where we now find ourselves and extended the depression by 10 years.
Many see no insult in being compared to FDR, whereas being compared to McCarthy is definitely an intimidation tactic

Just as Lenin's body remains on public display in Russia, because one never knows when he might be useful to rally the masses, so, too, does the ghost (but thankfully not the body) of the late Joseph McCarthy (R-Wis.) remain a useful symbol for Democrats in Washington.

Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) are the latest to summon McCarthy's ghost. After Sen. Ted Cruz, (R-Texas), asked defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel whether he had been compensated by foreign interests hostile to the United States for speeches he made in which he seemed to favor their aspirations,...