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McCarthy was right, and my life proves it.

Posted on 11/05/2009 12:55:41 PM PST by wendell dertah

On the day I born, June 9th, 1954, Senator Joseph McCarthy was asked the famous question; “Have you no sense of decency sir?”.

Some members of the media who saw an opening, pounced on the opportunity, and never looked back. This would become the beginning of the end of the anti-communist mood in America. It would be the birth of terms like McCarthyism, Redbaiting, and Blacklisting.

The heirs of this movement are much more numerous today than in 1954, and the true journalists have been replaced by mere actors, playing the part of journalists.

We have gone from a nation where politicians investigated actors for being communists, to a nation where actors investigate politicians - for not being communists enough.

The sicken reality, is that what began as the strongest, freest county in the world, has become one that is choked with taxes and regulations. Businesses are crumbling, and the only solution offered is that they be nationalised.

In the America I was born to, the Constitution was honored, rather than seen as an obstacle. It was the foundation of government, and not derided as a list of talking points for fanatics.

We have gone from revering men like Lincoln and Washington, to having a White House filled by people that revere Mao, Che, and Marx.

In 1954 the words “Under God” were added to the Pledge of Allegiance, and children recited it daily in schools. Today’s children are only guaranteed the right to speak the name of God, when they are taking it in vain.

In the year I was born, movies were being made about American and American Ideals. In this year of “tolerance”, movies are made about the evil of America.

In 1954, the leading men looked each other in the eye and shook hands. In our year of “Hope and Change", leading men hold hands, and look into each others eyes. I can only imagine what Lucy and Ethyl would be up to.

In 1954, I was born to a family in which both parents shared a marriage. Their marriage did not have to be defined by moral relativity. Today it would be called an “opposite-sex marriage”.

For as much as Joe McCarthy is demonized, he was right. If the Americans of 1954 knew what their country has become, the hearings he chaired would have been replaced by lynch mobs.

Well if you want continuity, Elizabeth is still Queen, and The Cleveland Indians still can’t win when it counts.


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Humor; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: 1954; academicbias; anticommunism; communismkills; fifthcolumn; hollywoodreds; joemccarthy; mccarthy; stalinisttactics; usefulidiots

1 posted on 11/05/2009 12:55:41 PM PST by wendell dertah
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To: wendell dertah

And, actually, the Venona Papers revealed that McCarthy really was right. If I remember right, no one actually lost their job over his hearings, though some were reassigned.

And McCarthy had nothing to do with Hollywood blacklisting, that was Hollywood people blacklisting each other. And that came out of the earlier HUAC hearings, which pre-dated McCarthy.


2 posted on 11/05/2009 12:59:59 PM PST by marron
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To: wendell dertah

Well said.


3 posted on 11/05/2009 1:00:08 PM PST by ConservativeMind (I love it every time a criminal dies at the hands of a victim.)
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To: wendell dertah

I’ve always belived that McCarthy was a hero. Robert Kennedy worked on this committee also. Back then lots of Democrats were real Americans still. Now most are Communist.


4 posted on 11/05/2009 1:00:58 PM PST by Gurgi
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To: wendell dertah

Ann Coulter was, of course, correct again.


5 posted on 11/05/2009 1:02:38 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: marron
Not to mention that McCarthy was a Senator and the hearings were called the "House UnAmerican Activities Committee" for a reason.
6 posted on 11/05/2009 1:05:56 PM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: Don Corleone

So...who’s going to apologize to Joe McCarthy? Poor guy.


7 posted on 11/05/2009 1:06:17 PM PST by freepertoo
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To: Don Corleone

She really laid it out, with footnotes.
I’ve shut up many a liberal with her documented work.


8 posted on 11/05/2009 1:06:47 PM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: wendell dertah

That’s a nice piece, wendell... I’m 7 years older than you and I remember the first time we said “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance in school. To add to your litany, I remember TV programs that celebrated American history and heroes: GE Theater (hosted by Ronald Reagan) and DuPont’s Cavalcade of America. I had only vague recollections of the proceedings of the “House Un-American Activities” committee, but having read Whitaker Chambers’ fantastic autobiography “Witness”, it’s clear that McCarthy and Nixon and the other anti-communists in Congress in the early 1950’s were right about the infiltration of our government — going back 20+ years and throughout World War II.

Speaking of Reagan, isn’t it also interesting that he was host of the GE Show on Sunday evenings... and would later take on the two biggest threats to American society in the middle of the 20th century: unions in American industry (his role as spokesperson for GE and his role as President of the Screen Actors Guild) and the Communist menace around the globe — and he would beat them both within our lifetimes! Now THERE’S a MAN!


9 posted on 11/05/2009 1:08:49 PM PST by ReleaseTheHounds ("The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.")
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To: wendell dertah

Anyone who honestly thinks that McCarthy was a nut job, should read “Blacklisted by History” by M. Stanton Evans—2007.

Tailgunner Joe is an American hero that was demonized by the CFR media and Democrats.


10 posted on 11/05/2009 1:17:39 PM PST by kingpins10
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To: wendell dertah

well said...

I believe the door was really opened in 1961 when we had a chance to flick the castro brothers into the Ocean like fleas. St Kennedy choked.

there was something spiritually significant important about communism being 90 miles away from us.


11 posted on 11/05/2009 1:21:03 PM PST by se_ohio_young_conservative (Palin 2012)
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To: wendell dertah

save


12 posted on 11/05/2009 1:30:31 PM PST by massmike (...So this is what happens when OJ's jury elects the president....)
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To: SJSAMPLE
"Joe McCarthy had strength, he had great courage, he had daring. There was a quality about the man which compelled respect and even liking from his strongest adversaries."
--Lyndon Johnson

HUAC was originally referred to as The Dies Committee . It was started by Martin Dies and Samuel Dickstein, two Democrats. In 1938 America still had two American Parties.

13 posted on 11/05/2009 1:38:20 PM PST by FredZarguna (It looks just like a Telefunken U-47. In leather.)
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To: wendell dertah

We have not had a Senator from Wisconsin as good as Joe McCarthy since he left office.


14 posted on 11/05/2009 1:41:04 PM PST by Pardeeville Liberator
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To: wendell dertah
The Cleveland Indians still can’t win when it counts.
Ah yes, some things never change.
Yanks rock!


15 posted on 11/05/2009 1:44:06 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: wendell dertah

On June 9, 1954 Kitty Kallen’s “Little Things Mean A Lot” was perched atop the pop charts, while Eddy Arnold’s “I Really Don’t Want To Know” topped the hillbilly charts (I prefer Mary Ford’s version).

The Midnighters ruled the rhythm and blues charts with “Work With Me, Annie,” a song that would inspire at least a dozen answers, including their own follow-up, “Annie Had a Baby,” “Annie Pulled a Humbug” by the Midnights, “Annie’s Answer” by the Platters, “The Wallflower” by Etta James & the Peaches, and “Roll On” by the Lamplighters. A week later, Joe Turner would dethrone the Midnighters with “Shake, Rattle & Roll.”


16 posted on 11/05/2009 1:44:33 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: oh8eleven

The Yankees aren’t so bad, but their fans just plain suck.


17 posted on 11/05/2009 1:45:58 PM PST by Travis T. OJustice (I can spell just fine, thanks, it's my typing that sucks.)
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To: Gurgi

Robert Kennedy not only worked on his (sub)Committee, but had Papa Joe had his way, would’ve been the Chief Counsel. McCarthy was popular with the Kennedy family, dated two of the girls and often visited the Kennedy compound. IIRC, JFK was the only Democrat who did not vote to censure Tailgunner Joe.


18 posted on 11/05/2009 1:47:21 PM PST by FredZarguna (It looks just like a Telefunken U-47. In leather.)
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To: wendell dertah

Hollywood engages in a political blacklist today and thinks nothing of it. Conservatives in Hollywood are numerous behind the scenes but are afraid to publicly speak out for fear of losing work.

And there WERE Reds in Hollywood. More than just Hanoi Jane engaging in treason in Vietnam siding with the enemy and Marlon Brando carrying around Mao’s Little Red Book.


19 posted on 11/05/2009 1:52:02 PM PST by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: kingpins10
I agree. Blacklisted By History is very much worth reading.
20 posted on 11/05/2009 1:56:29 PM PST by VR-21 (Down to the stones, where old ghosts play.)
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To: wendell dertah
Well if you want continuity, Elizabeth is still Queen...

At the time, Vera Lynn's tribute to Queen Elizabeth, "Queen of Everyone's Heart," on the London label, could be found in some record stores. And, for that matter, the Thrillers, a rhythm and blues group, waxed a rocker on the Herald label entitled "'Lizabeth"--a drinking song which has little to do with the queen--which came out in late June.

...and The Cleveland Indians still can’t win when it counts.

Neither can the USC Trojans, who lost to the Bruins as well as the Domers. However, the Trojans managed to secure a Rose Bowl birth because UCLA, which had gone the year before, was ineligible to return under the "no repeat" rule in existence at the time. Meanwhile, 1954 saw UCLA win its only national championship.

21 posted on 11/05/2009 2:09:20 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative

Communism is closer than that—its right here among us,alive and as evil as ever.


22 posted on 11/05/2009 2:19:48 PM PST by liberalism is suicide (Communism,fascism-no matter how you slice socialism, its still baloney)
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To: wendell dertah

McCarthy was right about Communist infiltration. He just went about it the wrong way. He couldn’t provide the evidence that I’m assuming the Army was feeding him from the Venona Project. He did appear to be on a witch hunt with little or no proof and that’s the way the press portrayed him to the best of their ability.


23 posted on 11/05/2009 2:23:32 PM PST by TheThinker
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To: wendell dertah
Buckley and Bozell proved it first in their excellent book McCarthy and His Enemies. It details teh specific charges made by Senator McCarthy (and American hero) and the facts of tehsituations.

It was confirmed by the Venona Papaers.

We need a Joe McCarthy today with all the America-hating totalitarians in our government.

24 posted on 11/05/2009 2:33:45 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: SJSAMPLE
"House UnAmerican Activities Committee"

Chaired by a Democat, Rep. Martin Dies.

25 posted on 11/05/2009 2:35:26 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: SJSAMPLE
"House UnAmerican Activities Committee"

Chaired by a Democat, Rep. Martin Dies.

26 posted on 11/05/2009 2:35:39 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Travis T. OJustice

Have you stopped beating your Owife yet?


27 posted on 11/05/2009 3:13:34 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: wendell dertah

Nice. thanks...

I was driving thru Forney, Tx. the other night and saw a bumper sticker stating “ We Need Another Joe McCarthy “...
Gave me a tingly feeling in my heart....


28 posted on 11/05/2009 5:11:12 PM PST by waterhill ("The New Green Is The Old Red.....Mark my words"Mark Levin)
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To: wendell dertah

Good comments and welcome to FR.


29 posted on 11/05/2009 6:22:08 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus)
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To: FredZarguna

Congressman Dickstein was a paid Soviet agent.


30 posted on 11/05/2009 8:32:32 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Yeah, I had forgotten about Dickstein being on the NKVD payroll. Allen Weinstein outed him in The Haunted Wood, an excellent book. I was thinking mostly of Dies when I said there used to be two American Parties. Well, for Democrats one out of two being loyal Americans is a pretty high percentage by today's standards.
31 posted on 11/05/2009 8:49:12 PM PST by FredZarguna (It looks just like a Telefunken U-47. In leather.)
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To: wendell dertah

Agree with you that tailgunner Joe was DAMN RIGHT, but still believe the 1950s were an era of ascendant liberalism in both parties, with high taxes to boot. I prefer to idealize the 1890s myself.


32 posted on 11/05/2009 8:53:18 PM PST by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: TheThinker
Have you read Blacklisted by History? If not, you should. It's likely that McCarthy had several sources. At least one at State, including the open source information that was already available to the State Department which they refused to do anything about. J. Edgar Hoover was probably the filter through which Venona stuff came.

Reading Blacklisted by History it's very hard to come to the conclusion that McCarthy went about it "wrong." He was stonewalled by the White House in two different administrations; I doubt very much between their withholding information they had, and the enablers, fellow travelers, and outright traitors in the government he could possibly have succeeded alone.

33 posted on 11/05/2009 8:57:43 PM PST by FredZarguna (It looks just like a Telefunken U-47. In leather.)
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To: FredZarguna

IIRC, Dickstein himself would’ve chaired it (but realized if he did, any close scrutiny of him would reveal his “secret” - he publicly declined using his religion as an excuse). It was formed not to investigate Communists (duh !) but their Nazi cousins. As soon as the spotlight was turned to the former as time progressed, that was when liberals started to rock and roll in righteous indignation.

A little interesting factoid, Dickstein’s fellow NYC Congressman Vito Marcantonio is the only person to have officially been nominated on the Communist party line to win a seat in Congress (he won his first term as a Republican ! When he won a second term and onwards, he ran for the rest of his career on the pro-Communist American Labor Party). One of the ALP’s last nominees for high office was Corliss Lamont, whose grand-nephew Ned was the Stalinist nutter who defeated Sen. Joe Lieberman in the CT Dem primary in ‘06.


34 posted on 11/05/2009 9:08:30 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Clemenza

1890s, huh ? How so ?


35 posted on 11/05/2009 9:11:25 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

No income tax, gold standard, the last great Democratic president (Grover Cleveland). Thankfully, the immigrants pouring into to the US from southern and eastern Europe couldn’t vote yet either! ;)


36 posted on 11/05/2009 9:17:21 PM PST by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: Clemenza

Here and I thought the last great Democrat President was James Knox Polk, my former Governor (who didn’t even win this state because we were Whig). ;-)


37 posted on 11/05/2009 9:29:43 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: wendell dertah
I can only imagine what Lucy and Ethyl would be up to.

Lucy, you got some splainin' to do....

38 posted on 11/05/2009 9:40:55 PM PST by denydenydeny ("I'm sure this goes against everything you've been taught, but right and wrong do exist"-Dr House)
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To: denydenydeny; wendell dertah

Lucille Ball had suspected communist ties. It almost ended the TV show.


39 posted on 11/06/2009 11:07:38 AM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

Yes, I once saw a scan of a voter registration of hers. She actually registered as a communist.


40 posted on 11/06/2009 11:40:58 AM PST by wendell dertah
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To: wendell dertah

As a young woman yeah. Her grandfather was a communist and had everyone in the family register that way.


41 posted on 11/06/2009 12:34:03 PM PST by Borges
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