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  • Paul Rawlings: McCarthyism

  • According to Politico roughly one third of the committees of the Republican controlled U.S House are now engaged in investigating some aspect of the Obama administration.
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  • According to Politico roughly one third of the committees of the Republican controlled U.S House are now engaged in investigating some aspect of the Obama administration. There are 5 different committees now investigating the September 11, 2012 attack on the American diplomatic mission at Benghazi, Libya.  Since January Republican Frank Wolf has secured 146 Republican sponsors calling for a bill to create a 19 member select committee to begin investigating the Benghazi attack.
     
    Senate and House committee investigations of the Obama IRS and Justice Department are ongoing and increasing by the hour.
     
    Should there be an investigation into the facts surrounding the attacks and killings of Americans working in our embassies and diplomatic missions?   Dates and places Americans were killed in attacks on U S embassies and consulates:
     
    January 22, 2002: US consulate at Kolkata, 5 killed
    June 14, 2002: US consulate at Karachi, 12 killed
    February 28, 2003: US Embassy at Islamabad, 2 killed
    June 30, 2004: US: Embassy at Tshkent, 2 killed
    December 6, 2004: US compound at Saudi Arabia, 9 killed
    March 2, 2006:  US consulate in Karachi, 2 killed
    September 12, 2006: US embassy at Syria, 4 killed
    March 18, 2008:  US embassy at Yemen, 2 killed
    July 9, 2008:  US consulate at Istanbul, 6 killed
    September 17, 2008:  US embassy at Yemen, 16 killed
     
    60 Americans killed in 10 U S embassy and consulate attacks when Republican George W Bush occupied the White House.
     
    Over eleven years after the two attacks on US consulates in 2002 in which 17 American embassy employees were killed; 10 years after the attack on the US consulate in 2003 in which 2 American consulate employees were killed and over 4 years after Bush left office not one single Republican congressional committee has been convened to investigate the 60 Americans killed in these 10 attacks. 
     
    Not one single Republican press conference has been held in over 11 years expressing outrage against the Bush White House over the killing of 60 Americans in these 10 attacks..
     
    Not one single Republican has accused the Bush White House of   “lying,” engaging in a “cover up,” or failing to provide “security” for the 60 Americans killed in these 10 attacks..
     
     
     
    September 11, 2012:  US diplomatic mission at Benghazi, attacked  4 killed
     
    I US diplomatic mission attack under Democrat President Obama 4 Americans killed.
     
    While American’s were watching the burning Benghazi mission on their TV sets and before the bodies of the 4 Americans who had been killed could be removed Republican  Presidental candidate Romney began the Republican  “attack” on President Obama.  Republicans have continued a constant reckless, “attack” on President  Obama without  regard for the evidence.
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    Congressmen we the taxpayers of America pay you $174,000.00 a year to “attack” the problems facing Americans.   Congressmen we provide you with over a million dollars a year to hire a staff to assist in the “attack” on these problems. 
     
    We the people elected Obama President to “attack” the problems facing Americans.  We the people did not elect congressmen to wage an around the clock “attack” on President Obama. 
     
    Congressman 80% of  Americans disapprove of the job you are doing.   When will Republicans create a special committee to investigate the job performance of Congress?
     
    Americans have a right to know and the obligation and duty to determine why Republicans are spending millions of taxpayer dollars investigating one attack on American diplomats while a Democrat was in the White House and have completely ignored 10  attacks on American diplomats while a Republican was in the White House.
     
    From 1950 to 1956 Republicans attacked President Truman and Secretary of State Dean Acheson accusing them of disloyalty, subversion, treason and harboring Communist without regard to the evidence. Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy conducted numerous Congressional hearings on TV in which he made reckless, unsubstantiated, demagogic attacks which destroyed the careers of thousands of law abiding Americans, including many government employees and destroyed his political adversaries. This six year Republican Communist witch hunt is defined as “McCarthyism” and should be studied by all Americans.
     
    Many politicians, citizens and organizations like the American Legion were supportive of   the Republican McCarthyism hearings but most politicians and citizens stood by and did nothing.  Historians give Joseph Welch credit for the downfall of Republican McCarthyism in the 1950’s when he faced McCarthy and said:   “Until this moment, Senator, I think I have never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness.  You’ve done enough.  Have you no sense of decency, sir?  At long last, have you no sense of decency?”
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Republicans will continue to accuse President Obama, of disloyalty, subversion and treason.   Republicans will continue to conduct “McCarthyism” type investigations  UNTIL another  Joseph Welch confronts them and the American people are convinced that:   “Until this moment I think I  never really gauged  Republican cruelty or your Republican recklessness.  Republican’s you’ve done enough.  Have you Republicans no sense of decency?  At long last, have Republicans no sense of decency left?”
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    (Paul Rawlings of Heber Springs contributes monthly to the editorial pages of The Sun-Times)

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