We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In order to fulfill the requirements for a major in history at Northwestern University, my daughter took a course called "The Cold War At Home." As one might imagine in the hothouse of the college system, left wing views predominate. The students read Ellen Shrecker, not Ronald Radosh. Joseph McCarthy has been transmogrified into Adolf Hitler. And victimology stands as the overarching theme of the course.
Communists in the United States are merely benign civil rights advocates and union supporters. The word espionage never once crossed the lips of the instructor.
An extraordinary amount of time and energy has been devoted to the "lavender persecution" - harm imposed on gay Americans. Presumably, this group was more adversely affected by McCarthy's allegations than others.
Despite the recent scholarship on the period such as Alan Weinstein's well researched book on Alger Hiss or Stanton Evans' biography of Senator McCarthy, views that do not fit the prevailing orthodoxy aren't entertained. Pounded into students is the view that America engaged in "totalitarian practices" not unlike the Soviet enemy we decried.
Loved the Allen Weinstein book on Hiss- has he come out with a new edition per chance? Peacham, Vermont was the Hiss's "summer place" and he still has many apologists among us despite the overwhelming evidence of his complicit duplicity. The Stanton Evans book is also commendable- I always laugh when the local left wing media (which means all media in VT) periodically trots out Sen Ralph Flanders as the McCarthy Slayer and shouldn't we all be proud to be Vermonters, yawn. Left wing lies prevail here in the Green Mtn State. We see the tactics of the old left being used by the Obamaphiles- plus ca change plus c'est le meme chose. We must never compromise with these people- they must be totally defeated.