Pulling a McCarthy


When one politician spots and identifies another politician as a socialist, just what is that politician pointing out?  What is the desired explosion when hurling that particular bombshell of an allegation?  Evidently, the presumption is to be a revelation of something, perhaps regarding the Americanism of the opponent–a shot in the groin.  The bomb, the reference is McCarthy all over the place. Nobody wants a commie. McCarthyism, if one must know, is the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence.

Recall that Senator Joe McCarthy was a person with great influence. He had one contribution par excellence for America going for him, something that so many of our modern elected leaders have as well, one personal gift to be bestowed and for all to look upon with wonder and awe, yes, you guessed it, nothing.  Joe had absolute nothing and was bound to his miserable nothingness like a man driven to nothing.  Yet, Joe’s hunger for political power had the “fire in the belly.”  Hurrah!

Joe wanted to do great things and to be a great man with his nothing, bless his heart.  This, by the way, is characteristic of any the politician that conjures up the nothingness of McCarthy.  We say that politician has pulled a McCarthy. He has effectively called the opponent a commie, a treasonous non-American.  He does so making himself look almost like he has done something for America.

Throughout the 1940s and 1950s America was overwhelmed with concerns about the threat of communism growing in Eastern Europe and China. Capitalizing on those concerns, a young Senator named Joseph McCarthy made a public accusation that more than two hundred “card-carrying” communists had infiltrated the United States government. Though eventually his accusations were proven to be untrue, and he was censured by the Senate for unbecoming conduct, his zealous campaigning ushered in one of the most repressive times in 20th-century American politics.- Arthur Miller 

In some circles, the threat of Communism is still scary, just like if it was a reality.  Therefore, when a politician uses  the word socialism it works on the minds of the sacred quite well.  Fear is power over the weak-minded.   It sells books. It gets cheap applause at political rallies.  And there again it does nothing but tells you more about the nothingness of the politician who goes with that manipulation.

So the next time you hear the word socialist coming out of a politician’s mouth, just think of the word Bull-crap.  You will thank yourself for your honesty and integrity.  You will also be not impressed with that politician.

Terry M Gresham

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