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McCarthy was right?

Posted by on Dec. 3, 2012 at 9:58 AM
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McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence. The term has its origins in the period in the United States known as the Second Red Scare, lasting roughly from 1950 to 1956 and characterized by heightened fears of communist influence on American institutions and espionage by Soviet agents. Originally coined to criticize the anti-communist pursuits of Republican U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin, "McCarthyism" soon took on a broader meaning, describing the excesses of similar efforts. The term is also now used more generally to describe reckless, unsubstantiated accusations, as well as demagogic attacks on the character or patriotism of political adversaries.

During the McCarthy era, thousands of Americans were accused of being Communists or communist sympathizers and became the subject of aggressive investigations and questioning before government or private-industry panels, committees and agencies. The primary targets of such suspicions were government employees, those in the entertainment industry, educators and union activists. Suspicions were often given credence despite inconclusive or questionable evidence, and the level of threat posed by a person's real or supposed leftist associations or beliefs was often greatly exaggerated. Many people suffered loss of employment and/or destruction of their careers; some even suffered imprisonment. Most of these punishments came about through trial verdicts later overturned,[1] laws that would be declared unconstitutional,[2] dismissals for reasons later declared illegal[3] or actionable,[4] or extra-legal procedures that would come into general disrepute.

The most famous examples of McCarthyism include the speeches, investigations, and hearings of Senator McCarthy himself; the Hollywood blacklist, associated with hearings conducted by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC); and the various anti-communist activities of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) under Director J. Edgar Hoover. McCarthyism was a widespread social and cultural phenomenon that affected all levels of society and was the source of a great deal of debate and conflict in the United States.

How far you go in life depends on your being: tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of both the weak and strong.  Because someday in life you would have been one or all of these.  GeorgeWashingtonCarver


by on Dec. 3, 2012 at 9:58 AM
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Goodwoman614
by Satan on Dec. 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM

And your point?

Billiejeens
by Gold Member on Dec. 3, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Flattered, of course.

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Dec. 3, 2012 at 10:50 AM
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Your flattered because you admit to making unfounded accusations that hold no merrit in reality or truth?

Quoting Billiejeens:

Flattered, of course.


Billiejeens
by Gold Member on Dec. 3, 2012 at 10:52 AM

You say some extraordinarily odd things.

Quoting mikiemom:

Your flattered because you admit to making unfounded accusations that hold no merrit in reality or truth?

Quoting Billiejeens:

Flattered, of course.

 

 

stormcris
by Christy on Dec. 3, 2012 at 1:46 PM

First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.

romalove
by Roma on Dec. 3, 2012 at 1:47 PM
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Once again I walk into the middle of a movie, and find out there aren't even subtitles.

survivorinohio
by René on Dec. 3, 2012 at 1:52 PM


Quoting Billiejeens:

Flattered, of course.

I would welcome you to source your claim here.  I didnt wish to go so far off topic in the other thread.

How far you go in life depends on your being: tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of both the weak and strong.  Because someday in life you would have been one or all of these.  GeorgeWashingtonCarver


radioheid
by Libertarian on Dec. 3, 2012 at 2:08 PM
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 Same here. I'm guessing someone was accused of McCarthyism. lol

Quoting romalove:

Once again I walk into the middle of a movie, and find out there aren't even subtitles.

 


"Roger that. Over."

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survivorinohio
by René on Dec. 3, 2012 at 2:56 PM

No, she said he was right about everything.

Quoting radioheid:

 Same here. I'm guessing someone was accused of McCarthyism. lol

Quoting romalove:

Once again I walk into the middle of a movie, and find out there aren't even subtitles.

 


How far you go in life depends on your being: tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of both the weak and strong.  Because someday in life you would have been one or all of these.  GeorgeWashingtonCarver


survivorinohio
by René on Dec. 3, 2012 at 2:58 PM

lol

Quoting romalove:

Once again I walk into the middle of a movie, and find out there aren't even subtitles.


How far you go in life depends on your being: tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of both the weak and strong.  Because someday in life you would have been one or all of these.  GeorgeWashingtonCarver


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