The House Committee on UnAmerican Activities came about because they defined the communist party as advocating the VIOLENT OVERTHROW OF THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT. Sedition and treason were not taken lightly by either the US citizens or most of their elected officials. Most democrat and Republican senators and congressmen supported the US govt whatever political differences they may have had. My only vote for a democrat EVER was for Congressman Larry McDonald of Georgia. LM teamed with NC Republican Senator Jesse Helms, former democrat, to fight the communist infiltration of the US govt. McDonalds death in a plane headed for Korea, which was shot down by the Russians, was not a coincidence IMO. The communist infiltration has progressed to their now open advocacy of the total destruction and remake of our Republic into an appendage of the socialist, one world govt. Communists and variations thereof call themselves whatever umbrella name fits a current agenda and avoids whatever is left of the stigma of admitting their communist affiliation. Oh well, speaking of pills!!!
As for Dems, even JFK and RFK worked directly against the communist infiltration. McCarthy, as you might recall, hired RFK and was his godfather, I believe. Too bad about Teddy. His infamous letter to Andropov was not just an act of treason but a betrayal of his dead brothers too.
Back in the day, there were plenty of worthy Dems, Scoop Jackson to mention the best. But that party is long gone.
Almost all the Republican politicians are no more conservative than Scoop Jackson, Howard Heflin or David Boren. All of them were lying-scum politicians, but they loved their country.
Now the democrats of today are true Leftists/Socialists at best, Communists at worst, and the Republicans today are the conservative democrats of old.