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In Charles Dickens’s 1848 story, A Christmas Carol, the ghost of Jacob Marley roams the earth weighted down by chains symbolizing the wrongs he committed in life.
THE SAME ROPEAs in a traditional proverb andblues refrain, "The same rope thatholds you up, sure can hang you!"I remember Joe McCarthy and recallwatching his hearings on tele-vision (against the U.S.Army).But if one is to overlook thevalues of Manifest Destiny, onemust certainly be specific inan in-depth examination of theWilson Administration with its"Creel" Commission and FBI and Palmer Raids. A "Democratic"Administration to be sure.One must look with the greatest care at the same attitudes duringthe Truman Administration. Secretary of State Dean Achesan,co-writer of NSC 68 ("National Security Council") in 1948 and signed by Truman in April of 1950,Acheson's commonly use of theword "commie"...We must look at the loyalty oaths during the Truman Administration (My Dad signed one). One must also look atthe "Attorney General's List" during the Democratic TrumanAdministration and its effects onscholars, dissidents, actors, "for-eigners" etc.(For a resource see: Richard M. Freeland, THE TRUMAN DOCTRINE ANDTHE ORIGINS OF McCARTHYISM:FOREIGNPOLICY, DOMESTIC POLITICS ANDINTERNAL SECURITY 1946-1948(New York University Press,1985)The relationship of the Kennedy Administration to Joe McCarthy(including the work of BobbyKennedy) should be duly noted.For all of us it is much too easy to attack only Republicans as our progressive models consistently advise us. Life is far too complex for that.email:email@example.com
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