Tag Archives: Joe McCarthy

The Search for the Useful Scapegoat

Who lost China? That was the big and rather stupid question in 1949 – the year the Communist Party took over mainland China from the Nationalists. The loss of China to communism had to be someone’s fault, and it had … Continue reading

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The New Red Scare

We had our first Red Scare in 1918 and that lasted about two years. The Bolshevik Russian Revolution of 1917 had freaked us out. That might happen here, and if it did, so much for Church and home and marriage … Continue reading

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The New Bad Guy

We were the high school Class of 1965 and the college Class of 1969, and we certainly knew how to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Before our teens, before color television, the bad guys wore the black … Continue reading

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Joe’s Back

No one really wants to relive the fifties – those poodle skirts were awful, Dinah Shore was insufferably cheerful, although finally overwhelmed by Bill Haley and then Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis, and everything was so damned conventional. People were scared too – … Continue reading

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And Now It Begins

Okay, Rick Santorum is gone, with the appropriate assessments of whatever that was about – no one quite knows. And Newt Gingrich has become a joke – “The Gingrich campaign in March submitted the necessary paperwork and the $500 check … Continue reading

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Being There

The fifties was a time when you really did have to be a real American – and it probably had less to do Joe McCarthy than it had to do with Ozzie and Harriet. The stupefying red scare was remote, … Continue reading

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On Being Told To Run As Fast As You Can

When CNN found Glenn Beck a bit of an embarrassment and he understandably jumped to Fox News, where he felt more at home, his career took off – his ratings soared and he found his voice, and ended up on … Continue reading

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