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'McCarthyism' by the numbers
Breitbart ^ | 1/21/2014 | M. Stanton Evans

Posted on 01/21/2014 8:50:27 PM PST by Viennacon

The orchestrated attack on Diana West’s important book, American Betrayal, has been brutal and unseemly, but in one respect at least it has served a useful purpose.

This lone positive angle--counter-intuitive at first glance--is that her iconoclastic Cold War history has sparked a barrage of charges about “McCarthyism” and the senator from Wisconsin who gave his name to a decisive epoch in America’s long death struggle with the Kremlin.

As is well-known, “McCarthyism” was an alleged focus of political evil in the 1950s: accusations of Communist taint, without any factual basis; bogus “lists” of supposed Communists who never existed; failure in the end to produce even one provable Communist or Soviet agent, despite his myriad charges of subversion.

Such is the standard image of “McCarthyism” set forth in all the usual histories and media treatments of the era. Such is the image relied on by the critics of Ms. West to discredit her book and dismiss her as a crackpot and “conspiracy theorist.” By arguing that pro-Red elements in our government exerted baleful influence on US policy to suit the aims of Moscow, it is said, she becomes “McCarthy’s heiress,” reprising the evils of the fifties.

All of which, from my standpoint, has one beneficial feature--though it doesn’t make things less unpleasant for Ms. West. It pushes the issue of McCarthy and McCarthyism to the forefront, where it ought to be, and where it is now possible to view his cases in ways not feasible years ago when the relevant data were not open to the public.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: communism; dianawest; joemccarthy; mccarthyism; usa
As many of us already knew, Joe McCarthy was not some 'wacko bird'. He was one of the great patriots of the last century, and probably the biggest roadblock to the communist subversion agenda that is still taking place to this day.

No wonder the left are drawing their swords as soon as someone dare look into the facts of the 'red scare', lest they find all the little dots to be connected, some of which end with president Hussein.

Thank you, senator. May you rest in peace.

1 posted on 01/21/2014 8:50:27 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: Viennacon

I always wanted to read her book The Grown Up Male (or something like that) but could never find it.


2 posted on 01/21/2014 8:56:30 PM PST by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: Viennacon

The success of the war on McCarthy gave us the socialist in the White House today.


3 posted on 01/21/2014 8:57:47 PM PST by Iron Munro (Orwell: There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.)
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To: Iron Munro

And lets not forget, he was betrayed by his own party. Ringing any bells?


4 posted on 01/21/2014 8:59:34 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: Viennacon

Bump


5 posted on 01/21/2014 9:00:41 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Viennacon

We need Joe as badly today as we did then. We need a platoon of Joes.


6 posted on 01/21/2014 9:04:38 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Viennacon; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; JPG; ..

Joe McCarthy in the news again —

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.


7 posted on 01/21/2014 9:07:57 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Viennacon

We agree. Many of his targets, indicated as unsubstantiated and unwarranted attacks were against “Hollywood”. How right he was. I watched the McCarthy hearings as a kid. Hollywood destroyed our morals, families, patriotism and continues its political subversion. I would like to ask them, “Are you now, or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party”...or Democrat Party.


8 posted on 01/21/2014 9:10:17 PM PST by Tuketu (The Dim Platform is splinters bound by crazy glue., The Tea Party is the solvent)
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To: Tuketu

Bang on.

“Give me Hollywood for six months and I will convert the world to communism.”

- Stalin

They had completely infiltrated Hollywood and still do today. Just look at Sean Penn. From the parasitic larvae the Soviet Union planted, blossomed a huge writhing maggot that we see today.


9 posted on 01/21/2014 9:13:46 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: Iron Munro
The success of the war on McCarthy gave us the socialist in the White House today.

Nixon was also one of the early commie fighters that was targeted by them.

10 posted on 01/21/2014 9:30:09 PM PST by oldbrowser (Obamacare will be the equivalent of Mao's Great Leap Forward)
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To: Tuketu
Many of his targets, indicated as unsubstantiated and unwarranted attacks were against “Hollywood”. How right he was

None of his targets had anything to do with Hollywood. That's as silly as the prevailing disinformation that "Senator" McCarthy headed the "House" Committee on Unamerican Activities. McCarthy was after Communists in the Administration and State Department.

The so-called Hollywood "Black List" was the result of hearings before the aforementioned House committee and was instituted by the studio heads themselves. The embedded Communists Joe was after have muddied the waters to the point that even McCarthy defenders have bought into their lies.

11 posted on 01/21/2014 9:50:31 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: Viennacon
And lets not forget, he was betrayed by his own party. Ringing any bells?

What would people like McCain, Graham and Boehner be calling for? Special election? Vote of lack of confidence? Impeachment? Treason? I don't keep up with the little nuances like that.

12 posted on 01/21/2014 10:03:24 PM PST by wastedyears (The Ender's Game movie was a stupendous, colossal, galactic failure to me.)
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To: wastedyears

Oh, they’d have never let McCarthy get elected in the first place. With the blob that is Karl Rove picking and choosing the candidates, they’d be sure to bankroll a moderate.


13 posted on 01/21/2014 10:05:54 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: Viennacon

This is half right. But, the real reason she is being trashed is that she dared challenge the “GOOD WAR” narrative about WWII. Anyone who questions the wisdom of our slaughter in behalf of Stalin will be slimed by both Left and Right.


14 posted on 01/21/2014 10:10:14 PM PST by Forgotten Amendments (I remember when a President having an "enemies list" was a scandal. Now, they have a kill list.)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule
I always wanted to read her book The Grown Up Male (or something like that) but could never find it.

The book is here.

Diana West's website is here: http://www.dianawest.net/

15 posted on 01/21/2014 10:20:03 PM PST by TChad (The Obamacare motto: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.)
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To: Viennacon

Here, here! A toast always to one of my great heroes.


16 posted on 01/21/2014 10:33:18 PM PST by Mach9
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To: oldbrowser

The first victim of main stream media bias.


17 posted on 01/21/2014 10:35:07 PM PST by Mach9
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To: Viennacon

I think many forget how popular and influential Joe was. If he’d campaigned actively for Lodge against JFK, JFK wouldn’t have won his senate seat. And Ike was scared to death of him.


18 posted on 01/21/2014 10:40:05 PM PST by Mach9
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To: Viennacon
Thank you, senator. May you rest in peace.

I agree. I wonder if he knew just how right he was? I tend to think the communist infiltration of the government, was greater than even he thought. The bastards aren't even trying to hide it anymore.

19 posted on 01/21/2014 10:47:43 PM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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To: Viennacon
Thank you, senator. May you rest in peace.

I agree. I wonder if he knew just how right he was? I tend to think the communist infiltration of the government, was greater than even he thought. The bastards aren't even trying to hide it anymore.

20 posted on 01/21/2014 10:49:09 PM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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To: Bernard Marx
Yes. That's why Walt Disney and people like Sam Goldwyn were considered such rotten bastards.

And pea-brains like Meryl Streep are STILL going after Disney.

The Hollywood "blacklist" was by anti-commie studio heads, like you said.

Joe McCarthy had absolutely NO power over Hollywood in the 50s

Even then the notion that a republican could tell leftist Hollywood anything is laughable.

Don't forget that Ronald Reagan was a liberal democrat at the time, and once he got a good look at the Reds up close, he switched parties.

The pinkos threatened him, physically.

It makes me wonder just WHY today's stars are roughly 98% hard left.

My theory is that there is either some real "dirt" on them, or they've been threatened otherwise.

Probably some big names were "gay for play" and there is photographic evidence that makes them toe the line, lest they become unbankable.

21 posted on 01/21/2014 11:48:42 PM PST by boop (Liberal religion. No rules, just right!)
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To: boop

I’ve read that Fidel has dirt on a number of celebrities who came down to the workers’ paradise for some ‘fun’.


22 posted on 01/22/2014 12:16:36 AM PST by pluvmantelo (The thing of it is, we must live with the living- Michel de Montaigne)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

“I always wanted to read her book The Grown Up Male....”

This one?

http://www.amazon.com/The-Death-Grown-Up-Development-Civilization/dp/0312340494/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1390371242&sr=8-3&keywords=Diana+West


23 posted on 01/22/2014 3:07:07 AM PST by ChicagahAl (Don't blame me. I voted for Sarah.)
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To: Viennacon

NEED I MENTION THAT MCCARTHY WAS PROVEN CORRECT!


24 posted on 01/22/2014 8:45:42 AM PST by upcountryhorseman (An old fashioned conservative)
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To: Tuketu
We agree. Many of his targets, indicated as unsubstantiated and unwarranted attacks were against “Hollywood”. How right he was. I watched the McCarthy hearings as a kid. Hollywood destroyed our morals, families, patriotism and continues its political subversion. I would like to ask them, “Are you now, or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party”...or Democrat Party.

The so-called Hollywood blacklist wasn't even from a list circulated by McCarthy. It was a private interest group that compiled the list where it was read by programmers like Ed Sullivan. And some of those who were on the list were outraged at being boycotted from bookings on his show. Yet the evidence was there.

It's one thing to claim that you were erroneously on the list. It is quite another to claim that Communists didn't have a radical agenda in play, sometimes in concert with manipulations by the Soviet Union (knowingly or unknowingly).

Hollywood has a blacklist today of conservatives and there are no peeps of outrage from filmmakers, academics, or playwrights.

25 posted on 01/22/2014 11:12:50 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: boop
In Hollywood, there were evem Communist sympathizers who gave cover to blacklisted Communists. They let them work under assumed names or transferred the credit to someone else.

Such clandestine tricks were employed to pull one over on the general public and investors, not those involved in the productions.

26 posted on 01/22/2014 11:14:50 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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