Joe McCarthy is a personal hero of mine. He died two decades before I was born, but his battles and the smearing of his name are a warning shot to Conservatives of all stripes as to what will be done to their name and their memory if they assault the sacred cows of liberalism in America. I fume, then comment, then eventually email any Conservative writer who uses the term “McCarthyism” as a stand-in for irrational witch-hunting.
Our country could use a lot more men like Joe McCarthy today – hats off to RSM for this post:
Democrats and the major news media — but I repeat myself – have decided that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s opposition to the Chuck Hagel nomination makes him the “New McCarthy.”
And they say that like it’s a bad thing.
Sen. Joseph McCarthy has been unjustly and dishonestly maligned for so long that even many conservative Republicans nowadays use “McCarthyism” as a slur, without any real understanding of who the man was, or what he was trying to accomplish.
Intellectuals who today think of themselves as the rightful heirs of William F. Buckley Jr. often seem to forget that the second book Buckley wrote, after God and Man at Yale, was McCarthy and His Enemies, which Buckley co-authored with his brother-in-law Brent Bozell (father of Brent Bozell III, who is today head of the Media Research Center). Buckley knew, as do all honest and intelligent students of the Cold War era, that even if one stipulates McCarthy made mistakes and had unfortunate personality traits, he was really a better man than his vindictive critics, and certainly more sincerely patriotic than the Communist enemies he sought to expose.