LatinaLista — Wikipedia defines McCarthyism as:
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… the politically motivated practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence. The term specifically describes activities associated with the period in the United States known as the Second Red Scare, lasting roughly from the late 1940s to the late 1950s 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 U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy, “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.
The speech Obama plans to make to students next week should be cause for alarm — not because he is making it but because of the unprecedented uproar it has spawned.
Specifically, the GOP has allowed its party to be hijacked by what most people are calling the “wingnuts” of the party. In the process, the party is becoming less relevant to the people who believe in their basic ideology and are rightfully turned off by the psychotic paranoia exhibited by these extreme conservatives who have some type of media platform from which to spread their distorted views of reality.
The scary part is that there are so many people who are falling victim to these scare tactics that they risk crossing that line of reason where, once it’s crossed, it’s hard to leave it.
If ever there was a subversive group threatening the security of this country, it’s these “wingnuts.” That they are influencing parents to teach their children to diss the President of the United States is reprehensible.
Even at the height of George W. Bush’s unpopularity, there was no liberal faction preaching to the masses to “diss” President Bush. The fact that these people are doing this and causing such a disruption in the country deserves to be analyzed to see how unstable they are making this country through their actions.
If the GOP continues to sit on the sidelines and allow these wingnuts to dictate their policies and act in the name of the party, then they are as guilty of creating panic where none exists as these wingnuts are.
History tells us McCarthyism was one of the darkest chapters in this nation’s history. We owe it to ourselves and to our children that we don’t repeat it nor allow certain factions exploiting free speech to drag us all down a dark path.