A look at historical similarities…..we have had two McCarthys that have turned the Congress into a clown show….one in the 50s and one today….
Can there be any question that we’re in a mad — and loud — new age of McCarthyism? Thank you, Kevin! And don’t forget the wildly over-the-top members of the so-called Freedom Caucus and their Republican associates, including that charmer, lyin’ George Santos, Jewish-space-laser-and-white-balloon-carrying Marjorie Taylor Greene, and — once again running for president — the man who never lost, Donald Trump-em-all.
I’d like to say it couldn’t get crazier. Still, despite watching Greene shout “Liar!” and other Republicans yell “Bullshit!” during President Biden’s State of the Union Address, I suspect it could get much worse (and more dangerous) in Washington in the months to come. And believe me, that’s leaving Hunter Biden’s penis aside. When it comes to this era’s McCarthyism, don’t for a moment think that the debt ceiling is the only ceiling that could end up in the dust of history.
If you’re of a certain age like me, you undoubtedly have an earlier vision of just how ominously mad Washington’s politics can get. And I wasn’t even thinking of the time in 1968, when Richard Nixon slipped by the Joe Biden of that moment, Hubert Humphrey, winning the presidency with less than 50% of the vote, thanks to his “Southern strategy” and a third-party run by segregationist Alabama Governor George Wallace. Nor did I have in mind the Watergate Hearings five years later that revealed Nixon’s bugging of the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters, among many other crimes.
It was April 1954 when what came to be known as the Army-McCarthy hearings hit television screens nationwide. At that time, long before anyone had even dreamed of social media, TVs — black and white ones, of course — were changing lives and habits across the country. The star, if you want to think of him that way, and the most distinctly Trumpian figure of his moment and perhaps any other moment before The Donald, was Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy. He shot to fame in 1950 by claiming he had inside information that 205 members of the State Department — yes, 205! — were card-carrying members of the Communist Party.
Before that spring of 1954, McCarthy had the Trumpian time of his life holding endless Senate hearings to denounce public figures of every sort as communists. He made life a living hell for a stunning range of Americans. And then, with the all-too-hot Korean war at an end and the Cold War becoming ever more frigid, McCarthy, who had had a field day, went one step too far. In 1953, with the help of his chief counsel Roy Cohn (who, I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn, would later become a guiding light for one Donald J. Trump), began holding hearings investigating supposed communist influence in the Army and, in response, the military, you might say, did him in.
McCarthyism, Then and Now
A lot of similarities…..this time around McCarty has lots of help with the lies and misinformation that are being spread.
I think this time the McCartyism will have a more lasting effect than the idiocy from the 1950s
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12 thoughts on “McCarthyism–Then And Now”
Thanx for the Ping….much appreciated chuq
I agree. Today’s McArthyism (sounds like aneurysm) have a more lasting effect today than the idiocy of the 1950s because there are hordes more idiots in 2023 — mostly Trump-trained idiots –77 million of them.
There is no counter to their stupidity….education would help but they are killing that as well chuq
They repel all thoughts of education so I do not think they can receive education …If they do get any they pervert it.
Then time for shock treatments. chuq
Most of them are anti vaxxers and nobody will force them to take shock treatments.
Then court ordered…..chuq
Then Militarily ordered — line their asses up against a wall in front of a firing squad and give them a choice.
Joseph McCarthy ruined so many lives and careers for no good reason. Today’s similarities are yet another example of not learning from history.
Best wishes, Pete.
This McCarthy is doing , as you say, repeating a destructive history…..’can’t fix stupid’ chuq