Skip to comments.CARTOON: On Un-American Activities
Posted on 04/10/2014 7:24:12 AM PDT by daletoons
As the world continues to fade to grainy black and white, Barry and his Democrats are bringing back a blast from the past, Blacklisting. In his zeal to root out communist ideology in America, Joe McCarthy used the force of government to ruin the lives of communist dupes in Hollywood and elsewhere. Finally, cooler heads prevailed and the witch hunts came to an end. Now the jackboot is on the other foot. The difference today is that there don't seem to be any cooler heads to put the brakes on this bunch who want to root out traditional American ideology.
Totalitarians are so predictable.
Cooler heads did not prevail; the communists won. But the article is otherwise correct.
Just the tail part.
Nice double entendre!
Hope you’re wrong, but it doesn’t look like it right now.
This statement is totally untrue and shows the author is ignorant of the history of the era.
Joe McCarthy was a member of and later Chairman of the Senate Committee on Investigations. In his role he investigated Communist infiltration of the government. Communist infiltration of the government was widespread at the time. There were many Communist spy rings within the government working for the Soviet Union. Alger Hiss was just one example. The people Senator McCarthy investigated were later proved to have been Communists or Communist sympathizers. He often backed off investigations when asked. Senator McCarthy had information about the Communist activities of Robert Oppenheimer but did not make them public at the request of President Eisenhower. McCarthy was extremely popular in his day among the American people. The media however continually attacked him.
Those Communists mounted a campaign against Senator McCarthy. They used his homosexual staffer Roy Cohn’s attempt to get special treatment for his gay lover David Schine from the Army as a reason to stage what became known as the Army McCarthy hearings. McCarthy was then attacked on TV and by others in government. He was censored by the Senate. The Democrats regained the Senate in 1954 and McCarthy was reduced to a minority member with no influence.
The term McCarthyism was invented by a communist agent within the Truman Administration. It was used to falsely claim McCarthy was untruthful.
Thanks for the ping.
We make light of Obama and his goons being totalitarians, but it's getting darker at the edges... kinda scary.
McCarthyism in the HUAC got Hollywood dupes fired, not McCarthy himself, that’s correct. Similarly, Barry can’t be directly linked to the removal of Mozilla’s CEO, but Mr. Justice sure doesn’t seem to see anything wrong with it.
“I abhor their (communist) philosophy, but I detest more than that their tactics, which are those of the fifth column, and are dishonest, but at the same time I never as a citizen want to see our country become urged, by either fear or resentment of this group, that we ever compromise with any of our democratic principles through that fear or resentment. I still think that democracy can do it.” Ronald Reagan testimony before HUAC
My cartoon wasn’t intended to disparage McCarthy, but to point up the hypocrisy of the Left which presumably would not like being labeled as McCarthyites, although they are far worse in their abuse of government power. Having a Federal government which has the power to make citizens fear it is the real problem.
Ronald Reagan had a closer view of the era than you or I and he thought “McCarthy was using a shotgun when he should have used a rifle.”
I think it is a *great* cartoon...
And don’t forget the KGB archives also proved McCarthy was completely vindicated.
Ronald Reagan had a closer view of the era than you or I and he thought McCarthy was using a shotgun when he should have used a rifle.”
McCarthy never made citizens “fear” the government. He investigated and exposed Communists agents within the government.
Your Reagan quote is interesting. I don't know when it was said but the fact is Senator McCarthy was much more astute and knowledgeable about communist infiltration than Reagan was at the time. Reagan was a liberal New Deal Democrat in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Reagan said that it was only after reading Witness by Whitaker Chambers that he began to understand the extent of the Communist threat.
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