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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

New Book Shows McCarthy Was Right


Perhaps the most reviled figure in American history is Senator Joseph McCarthy.  "McCarthyism" has become the term of choice for false, destructive accusations.  Yet a new book shows that Senator McCarthy was right in his allegations.


Blacklisted By History: The Untold Story of Senator Joseph McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies by M. Stanton Evans, chairman of the Education and Research Institute, shows that McCarthy was right about there being significant communist infiltration in government, his investigative methods were careful, thorough and of the highest standard, and his adversaries were the ones who practiced so-called "McCarthyism."  It is McCarthy, not his targets, who got smeared.


(Full disclosure: I once was an intern at the National Journalism Center, which Mr. Evans heads.)


Evans spent more than a decade researching his book.  He relies on primary source documents buried in the archives of the United States government.  This evidence strongly supports Senator McCarthy's charges.  He also reveals how the media, liberal historians, and politicians have all joined to spread these myths about Senator McCarthy.


Evans makes a persuasive case that no innocent liberals were smeared or driven out of government.  No innocent people were accused of treason.  By meticulous research, Evens, much like William F. Buckley and L. Brent Bozell in their treatise McCarthy and His Enemies, shows that McCarthy made very specific allegations and that none of them was false.


Indeed, it is now an open secret, thanks to the Venona transcripts – translations of intercepted Soviet messages to their operatives in this country – that the U.S. government in the 1940s and 1950s was riddled with Communists such as Alger Hiss, Harry Dexter White, and many others and the Roosevelt and Truman administrations had simply tried to ignore this massive penetration away.  (The Eisenhower Administration didn't do much more about the problem.  In fact, it renewed President Truman's order suppressing the evidence against many of McCarthy's targets.)  Indeed, every U.S. signer of the United Nations Compact except Secretary of State Acheson was a Communist.  Someone had to come forward and start the process of cleaning out the government.  Joe McCarthy was that man.


This is relevant to today's world because the Islamofascists have learned well the Communist tactics of subversion.  Where is the new McCarthy who will take on this new threat?


The liberals of this world owe Joe McCarthy an apology.  But they'll never admit it.  Facts just confuse them and disturb their narrow worldview. 

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