This jingoistic rhetoric heard before


“It is unfortunate that in most cases when the sins of the father fall on the son it is because unlike God, people refuse to forgive and forget and heap past wrongs upon innocent generations.” ― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly (right) accepted the blame and full responsibility for the chaos and confusion that resulted from the immediate implementation of President Donald Trump’s executive order to ban seven Muslim countries from entering the United States of America. During the hearing he referred to it as a “travel pause” and not a “Muslim ban.”. He added that he wished he had delayed in enacting the order.

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A long, long time ago (circa 1950) America was a nation as fearful and as xenophobic as it is today. Fear mongering and intimidation were used to pit brother against brother, neighbor against neighbor and put political allies and friendly nations on the alert that the nation was attempting to ferret out enemies of the state.

The master mind and architect behind this  national plan of dread and fear was Senator Joseph (Joe) Raymond McCarthy (R) who became the most visible public face of a period in which Cold War tensions fueled fears of widespread Communist subversion.

Colorful expressions such as “Commie…pinko….red” were bandied about every nook and cranny of the country and political spectrum. The hearing themselves were filled with innuendo and intimidation. It was a somewhat toned down version of the once popular Spanish Inquisition.

 He was noted for making claims that there were large numbers of Communists and Soviet spies and sympathizers inside the United States and made it his duty and every loyal American’s duty as well to ferret out these enemies of democracy and bring them to justice.

Ultimately, the controversy he generated led him to be censured by the United States Senate. His sources of inside information at times were totally fabricated and the lives and careers he ruined in his political tirade of charges were immense.

During his reign of terror and accusations the country was fearful that Soviet sympathizers were out to spy on the country and bring it to its knees. Everyone was fearful that their name would end up on his much dreaded political hit list.

It is hoped that today this type of small-minded pessimism will not resurrect those same negative sentiments and beliefs that once rocked the nation in those earlier, less enlightened days.

“Let’s make America great again” should not equate to making the country fearful of imagined boogeymen out there to do the country irreparable damage. 

Lady Liberty should be standing tall and not on her knees kowtowing to beliefs being touted that we the people are a fearful and untrusting lot of non believers in freedom and justice for all. — gc


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Quote of the week: "If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.-- Frank Herbert quotes .

4 Comments on This jingoistic rhetoric heard before

  1. This touches on something I keep coming back to when thinking about life on both sides of the Atlantic. What is it that some people are so very afraid of? Why are they so ready to take the bait of the hate and panic mongers? Who is trying to do them down? And aren’t they mis-identifying the true source of poor living standards /opportunities etc.

    America has produced some of the wisest, most fair-thinking minds in modern western civilisation. There is so much to be proud of – open-mindedness that looks to far horizons, not close minded witch hunting that serves no one, not least the witch hunters.

    Above all, it is such a waste of energy that could be deployed on creating stuff. We are all on earth for such a brief time, why turn it into living hell.


    • One CNN commentator earlier today stated that this is not “fear mongering” rather President Trump is merely trying to centralize things in his office. Why are they now minimizing the intent of the man? Anyone’s guess.

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  2. This is all because the Cabinet doesn’t know where the light switches are, meets in the dark, but Trump does not (Does NOT, according to Spicer) wear a bathrobe. Heaven help us all. I hope Obama and Hillary are getting a good laugh out of all this. Or a good cry….

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    • I wonder how Spicer knew that personal fact about the president? It must be part and parcel of some type of “executive privilege. 🙂


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