I like to keep it silly here. But sometimes I am jolted out of my little blog games with something so incredibly stupid and evil that I just have to comment on it. This morning’s example: Ann Coulter defends McCarthyism.
Coulter writes in her new book “Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism” that “The myth of ‘McCarthyism’ is the greatest Orwellian fraud of our times.” She goes on to say that “Everything you think you know about McCarthy is a hegemonic lie.” No doubt, she is going to offer up the same argument as the morons before her who blame the demonization of McCarthy on the Jews. Except with out the Jew part. Wouldn’t sell too many books that way, now, would she?
No, she’ll probably fall back on the safer line: “See! McCarthy was right. There really were Commies in the government.”
Well, hurrah. I’m so glad that being right makes it ok to destroy the lives of American citizens who don’t happen to agree with you.
This is the same kind of “attack-the-attacker for being unpatriotic” crap that McCarthy himself used when responding to Edward R. Morrow on his TV show “See It Now” and notably resurgent in today’s political debate… just replace the word “Communist” with “terrorist”.
Finally, the 1954 Republican Senate, which sat across the Capitol from the Republican House and operating under a Republican President, censured the good Senator for being an ass. But, of course, they were forced to do that by the liberal media. You know, the ones that broadcast live the poor, beset upon McCarthy, finally showing the country that he had whipped into such a frenzy what a petty, lying wad he really was by browbeating witnesses and making up evidence.
True, McCarthy was just the most rabid of the anti-Communist hunters of the 40’s and 50’s. He didn’t invent the Red Scare. He just made it his own stepladder to prominence. The House Un-American Activities Committee was doing its dirty work long before McCarthy decided to become an anti-Red crusader. So, maybe it is unfair tie his name to any sort of witch hunt that rears its ugly head. But making him out to be some kind of martyred hero? Puh-leeze.
What I fear most are the hordes of book buyers who will latch onto Coulter’s claptrap and turn the “undeniable facts” into more excuses for things like The Patriot Act. I urge you not to take Coulter’s history or mine or the media’s as fact. Read it yourself from the source material at the Eisenhower Library or the transcripts of the McCarthy hearings, released by the Senate this year after a 50-year gag rule.
While you’re at it, flip through the pages of Red Channels, a booklet that listed all the “subversives” in radio and television and their “anti-American” affiliations, or read the transcripts of testimony given to the House Un-American Activities Committee by Ayn Rand, Judy Holliday, Pete Seeger and the creator of today’s “our copyrights shall never expire!” mega-corporation, Walt Disney.
It’s lengthy reading, but well worth it. And if you have kids, let them know about this stuff. It’s amazing what they don’t get taught in school. While I was writing this, Whiny looked over my shoulder and said, “Un-American Activities?? What’s an ‘un-American activity’?”
I’m not sure, but I think putting Joe McCarthy on a pedestal is a good way to start.