“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,
A S Y S T E M O F C H U C K S A N D B O U N C E S
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