I know that McCarthy's methods were evil because my father was one of the people affected by them. He worked for the National Labor Relations Board, and was investigated as a possible "communist sympathizer." Considering how thoroughly my father hated communism, it might have been funny, if it hadn't almost destroyed his honorable career. After he passed away, my wife and I found among his papers the defense of himself he'd had to submit. What a degrading thing to have to do, for a man of rigid integrity. But of course, McCarthy didn't care whom he hurt, whom he ruined, in his blind pursuit of power through lies, innuendo, and outright bullying. And you latter day defenders of him are just as despicable, with your ignorant braying that "he was right," ready to throw away all our hard won liberty in the name of right wing paranoia and thirst for power. Try to understand this: real Americans like living in a land of liberty, with the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution and particularly the Bill of Rights. Never try to say that you're defending those freedoms by attacking them. It was a lie when McCarthy said it, it's a lie when George Bush says it, and it's a lie when you say it.
Bravo Teach417. Great post.
The modern right-wing revision of McCarthy's witchhunt is very disturbing. They are trying to turn him into a hero for ruining the lives of people who think differently (Communists, Socialists) so they can rationalize doing the same today (Progressives, Homosexuals, Athiests).
There is nothing inherently "evil" about being a Communist, just as Capitalism or Democracy are not inherently evil. It's the people behind the lable who we must hold accountable for the evil acts.
Blame the man, not the ideology.
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