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  • Paul Rawlings: DEMOCRATS RESPONSE TO FEAR---HOPE, REPUBLICANS RESPONSE TO DEMOCRATS HOPE—FEAR PART 2

  • After 75 years of Republican “fear” and more than 60 years of “unfair McCarthy investigations” has America become “a community of dreadful fear and hate?”
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  • COMMUNISM
    Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy began a six year Communist witch hunt to create “fear” of President Truman’s policies of  “HOPE”  called the “Fair Deal” with this statement on February 9, 1950.
     
    “The State Department is infested with Communist.  I have here in my hand a list of 205—a list of names that were made known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping policy in the State Department.” 
     
    McCarthy’s six years of wrongfully accusing thousands of Americans of being Communist produced only one noteworthy thing—a new word—McCarthyism.  “The practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without regard of the evidence. The practice of making unfair allegations or using unfair investigative techniques.”
     
    AFRICAN AMERICANS
    After the Supreme Court decision in 1954 ending segregation in schools and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became law Nixon and Republicans devised a policy of “fear” known as the Southern Strategy--- creating “fear” among white people and African Americans.
    “Fear” of African Americans caused white people to vote Republican and what had been the solid Democratic South since the Civil War became and remains the Solid Republican South. 
     
    Reagan’s speeches against “welfare queens,”  George H.W. Bush’s speeches against “Willie Horton” and Newt Gingrich’s references to President Obama as the “food stamp president” keeps the Republican Southern Strategy of racial “fear” alive and well in 2014.
     
    SADDAM HUSSEIN
     The “FEAR” created by the Bush administration of Saadam Hussein led to an unnecessary war, a war that cost over 4,000 American soldiers their lives, killed over 100,000 Iraqi civilians and cost American taxpayers more than 2.1 trillion dollars—dollars which should have been spent in the U.S. improving the quality of life for our citizens.
     
    EMBASSY ATTACKS WHEN A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT IS IN THE WHITE
    HOUSE—NO REPUBLICAN “FEAR” NO REPUBLICAN WRONGDOING OR REPUBLICAN MCCARTHY TYPE INVESTIGATIONS
     
    Beirut attack 4/18/83-- 63 killed 120 wounded—Reagan President
    Beirut Marine Barracks 10/23/83-- 241 U.S. Servicemen killed 128 wounded—Reagan President
     
     
    13 U.S. Embassies attacked from 6/22/2002 to 9/17/2008 ---95 killed—George W. Bush, President
     
    Page 2 of 3 - ATTACK ON BENGAZI EMBASSY WHEN A DEMOCRAT PRESIDENT IN THE WHITE HOUSE 9/11/2012—4 KILLED
    Republicans allege wrongdoing 24/7 to create “fear.”
    Republicans have conducted 13 McCarthy type hearings without finding any evidence of  Democrat wrongdoing and Republican House Speaker Boehner has appointed a Select Oversight Committee to conduct MORE HEARINGS.
     
    OTHER CURRENT REPUBLICAN MCCARTHY TYPE HEARINGS TO CREATE “FEAR” OF PRESIDENT OBAMA
    The IRS, Justice Department and State Department.
     
    OBAMA
    Republicans have demonized  President Obama just as they demonized President Franklin Roosevelt and every Democrat President since 1930.
     
    In an article entitled “Almost Every Obama Conspiracy Theory Ever” Mother Jones Magazine sets out 45 McCarthy type statements made to produce “fear” of President Obama showing the name of the person who made the statement.  Some of those statements:
    “Killed his grandmother to cover up his birth”  “Son of Malcolm X” “Son of Frank Marshall Davis” “Born in Kenya” “Parents were Communist”  “Is the Antichrist”  “Married a Pakastani guy”  “Bringing 100 milloion Muslims to U.S.” “Coming for your guns, gold, farms, IRA’S, and eventually you”  “Was behind BP spill, Aurora shooting and Hurricane Sandy”  “Planning FEMA concentration camps” “Campaigns funded by illegal drug money.”
     
    If you were the president of a bank or grocery and half of the people you worked with in the grocery or bank were making statements about you similar to the statements  Republicans are making about President Obama  WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO PERFORM YOUR JOB AS PRESIDENT?  Would your bank or grocery be able to survive if such attacks were made repeatedly against you?
     
    Republican President Eisenhower after observing six years of McCarthyism said: “America must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and instead a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.”
     
    After 75 years of Republican  “fear”  and more than 60 years of  “unfair  McCarthy investigations”  has America become  “a community of dreadful fear and hate?”
     
     
     
     
    HOPE AND PRAY that Republican  “fear” and “hate” policies and McCarthy type investigations will be replaced with “hope” “mutual trust” and “respect” and  they will work with Democrats to solve the many problems facing this country.
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    In future election will you vote for the party of “HOPE” whose policies, such as Social Security for the last 75 years have improved the quality of life for millions of Americans?
     
    Or will you vote for the party who would destroy Social Security and for the last 75 years has spread  “FEAR” of Social Security and every policy which would improve the quality of life for millions of Americans?
     
     
    (Paul Rawlings of Heber Springs contributes his “progressive” viewpoint each week to the The Sun-Times.  He writes a blog at www.pauls-musings.blogspot.com)

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