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Intro: "We've talked at times about George Orwell's classic novel 1984, and the amnesia that sets in when we flush events down the memory hole, leaving us at the mercy of only what we know today. Sometimes, though, the past comes back to haunt, like a ghost. It happened recently when we saw Congressman Allen West of Florida on the news."

Left: Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., July 28, 2011 (photo: Harry Hamburg/AP); right: Senator Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., June 9, 1954. (photo: AP)
Left: Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., July 28, 2011 (photo: Harry Hamburg/AP); right: Senator Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., June 9, 1954. (photo: AP)

The Ghost of Joe McCarthy Slithers Again

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Bill Moyers and Company

27 April 12


e’ve talked at times about George Orwell’s classic novel 1984, and the amnesia that sets in when we flush events down the memory hole, leaving us at the mercy of only what we know today. Sometimes, though, the past comes back to haunt, like a ghost. It happened recently when we saw Congressman Allen West of Florida on the news.

A Republican and Tea Party favorite, he was asked at a local gathering how many of his fellow members of Congress are "card-carrying Marxists or International Socialists."

He replied, "I believe there’s about 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party who are members of the Communist Party. It’s called the Congressional Progressive Caucus."

By now, little of what Allen West says ever surprises. He has called President Obama "a low level socialist agitator," said anyone with an Obama bumper sticker on their car is "a threat to the gene pool" and told liberals like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to "get the hell out of the United States of America." Apparently, he gets his talking points from Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, or the discredited right wing rocker Ted Nugent.

But this time, we shook our heads in disbelief: "78 to 81 Democrats … members of the Communist Party?" That’s the moment the memory hole opened up and a ghost slithered into the room. The specter stood there, watching the screen, a snickering smile on its stubbled face. Sure enough, it was the ghost of Senator Joseph McCarthy, the Wisconsin farm boy who grew up to become one of the most contemptible thugs in American politics.

Back in the early1950’s, the Cold War had begun and Americans were troubled by the Soviet Union’s rise as an atomic superpower. Looking for a campaign issue, McCarthy seized on fear and ignorance to announce his discovery of a conspiracy within: Communist subversives who had infiltrated the government.

In speech after speech, McCarthy would hold up a list of names of members of the Communist Party he said had burrowed their way into government agencies and colleges and universities. The number he claimed would vary from day to day and when pressed to make his list public, McCarthy would stall or claim he accidentally had thrown it away.

His failure to produce much proof to back his claims never gave him pause, as he employed lies and innuendo with swaggering bravado. McCarthy, wrote historian William Manchester, "realized that he had stumbled upon a brilliant demagogic technique… Others deplored treachery, McCarthy would speak of traitors."

And so he did, in a fearsome, reckless crusade that terrorized Washington, destroyed lives, and made a shambles of due process.

Millions of Americans lapped it up, but in the end, Joe McCarthy would be done in by the medium that he had used so effectively to spread his poison: television. In 1954, legendary broadcaster Edward R. Murrow bravely exposed McCarthy’s tactics on the CBS program, See It Now.

"This is no time for men who oppose Senator McCarthy’s methods to keep silent," Murrow declared. "We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result. There is no way for a citizen of a Republic to abdicate his responsibilities."

Later that same year, for 36 days on live TV, during Senate hearings on charges McCarthy had made questioning the loyalty of the U.S. Army, we saw the man raw, exposed for the lout and cowardly scoundrel he was. The climactic moment came as the Boston lawyer Joseph Welch, defending the Army, reacted with outrage when McCarthy accused Welch’s young associate Fred Fisher of Communism. "Let us not assassinate this lad further, Senator," Welch said as he shook his head in anger and sadness. "You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency? … If there is a God in heaven it will do neither you nor your cause any good."

McCarthy never recovered. His tactics had been opposed from the outset by a handful of courageous Republican senators. Now they pressed their case with renewed vigor. One of them, Senator Ralph Flanders of Vermont, introduced a motion to censure Joseph McCarthy. When it eventually passed 67 to 22, McCarthy was finished. He soon disappeared from the front pages. Three years later, he was dead.

All of this came rushing back as Congressman West summoned his foul spirits from the vast deep. The ghost stepped out of the past.

Like McCarthy, the more Allen West is challenged about his comments, the more he doubles down on them. Now he’s blaming the "corrupt liberal media" for stirring the pot against him - a trick for which McCarthy taught the master class. And the congressman’s latest fusillades continue to distort the beliefs and policies of those he smears - no surprise there, either.

To help him continue his fight for "the heart and soul" of America he’s asking his supporters for a contribution of ten dollars or more. There could even be a super PAC in this - with McCarthy’s ghost as its honorary chairman.

Plenty of kindred spirits are there to sign on. Like the author of the book The Grand Jihad, who wrote that whether Obama is Christian or not, "The faith to which Obama actually clings is neo-communism." Or the blogger who claims Obama is running the country into the ground "by way of the same type of race-baiting and class warfare Communism cannot exist without," and that his policies are "unbecoming to an American president."

From there it’s only a short hop to the kind of column that popped up on the right wing website Newsmax hinting of a possible coup "as a last resort to resolve the ‘Obama problem.’" Military intervention, the author wrote, "is what Obama's exponentially accelerating agenda for ‘fundamental change’ toward a Marxist state is inviting upon America." The column was quickly withdrawn but not before the website Talking Points Memo exposed it.

So beware, Congressman West, beware: In the flammable pool of toxic paranoia that passes these days as patriotism in America, a single careless match can light an inferno. You would serve your country well to withdraw your remarks and apologize for them. But if not, perhaps there are members of your own party, as possessed of conscience and as courageous as that handful of Republicans who took on Joseph McCarthy, who will now abandon fear and throw cold water on your incendiary remarks. your social media marketing partner


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+65 # AMLLLLL 2012-04-27 09:05
Part of the program on the right is to create fear and loathing. West is perfect for the job. He's no statesman, he's an operative.
+53 # MADASHELL 2012-04-27 09:30
This is closer to the Manchurian Candidate than "1984". The scene that should be referenced is the one in which Johnny Iselin's wife gives him a number of State Department employees that are "card carrying members of the Communist Party". She changes the number continuously. She's politically brilliant enough to know the press will argue about "the number" of communists there are, not "IF" there are any at all in the State Department. Iselin, dumb as a brick, begs her for a number he can remember. She takes a number from a ketchup bottle... from that moment, there are "57 Card Carrying Communists." I don't think Communism is the same bogey-man for young people as it was for my generation. Just as the Hollywood Blacklist is something most people under thirty have never heard of, I don't fear a modern day pervasive "McCarthyism" as a pertinent threat. However... it's a witch hunt, no matter how puerile.
+17 # Merschrod 2012-04-27 14:37
The bogey-man of the current fear mongers is Al Qaeda. They must be under every rock and behind every-tree, especially of the dictatorial regimes that we continue to support in hopes of stability in those royal places.

Why do we fear religion when our faith is strong? Why do we fear change when we have always changed? Will we have the courage to shine the bright light of opportunity in the dark shadows of the christian Talibs? Yes, we will!
+6 # Regina 2012-04-28 16:31
But today we have the ignorantly named Tea Party to stir the political pot. They know nothing of American history, be it 1776 or 1954 or 2001, for that matter. But they will stir and slop and smear. And their beloved Fox will second all their motions. Rereading your post, it suddenly occurred to me -- ketchup is RED!
+72 # SpyderJan 2012-04-27 09:36
Florida really got dumped in the toilet after the last elections. With Rick Scott, Allen West and Marco Rubio, we have slipped into the abyss. I pray for the day when voting Americans will wake up and stop voting against their best interests and dump these Tea Bag Morons.
+66 # dkonstruction 2012-04-27 09:38
Dear Mr. West, I am not now nor have i ever been a card carrying member of the communist self-respecting Marxist would be (Marx consistantly argued in favor of "bourgeois" political democracy and thus would not have supported the Stalinist perversion that used his name to defend their indefensible policies). However, given the state of both the democratic and republican parties the platform of the american communist party (CPUSA) is a hell of lot better than anything coming from either one of them ( So, again, while I am not now, nor have I ever been, nor will i ever be a card carrying member of the CPUSA (and FYI Mr. West, there has never yet been a socialist state -- though one could rgue that the Zappatista- controlled regions of Mexico may be the closest we have yet come) please start naming (communist) names so that I know who to vote for in the next election. You are a disgrace to the uniform you (used to) wear and unlike a true American military hero, Major General Smiley Butler who in 1935 understood that "War Is A Racket" ( you know and have learned nothing about the true role of the US and its military...Bill Moyers (whom i don't always agree with) is a true American Patriot unlike you and your ilk who exemplify what Sinclair Lewis said in 1935 which was that "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."
+16 # dkonstruction 2012-04-27 14:29
oops...just reread my post and it's Major General Smedley Butler not Smiley...sorry Smedley
+7 # dyannne 2012-04-27 14:44
no apology necessary. :-)
+34 # AndreM5 2012-04-27 09:41
I wonder how prevelant in the Army is Col. West's twisted worldview?
+11 # mdhome 2012-04-28 09:53
If he represents the army, we do have much to fear.
+37 # Todd Williams 2012-04-27 09:51
I can only wish Obama were a Socialist or perhaps a moderate Communist. West is a sick weirdo.
+54 # fishmother 2012-04-27 09:52
Once again Bill Moyers, thank you for speaking truth to power; power made all the more dangerous by a fanatic, dogmatic determination by the right to bring down President Obama by any lies necessary. Can you imagine the insult that the Tea Party must feel when they see this intelligent, articulate, courageous black man at the podium in front of the White House? These dangerous fools would love to see a "whites only" sign hanging there. We so often leave race out of the conversation when it comes to what turns these frightened sons if the McCarthy era into a would-be lynch mob. I was a twelve year old budding political junkie when their prototype was holding hearings on television. I remember that it crossed my mind that maybe there was evil in the world. What had not crossed my mind back then was that the same evil would rear its head among a like group so many years later. Because history does tend to repeat itself, I dearly hope that it gives these modern McCarthy types exactly what they have coming to them, humiliation and defeat.
+50 # Fraenkel.1 2012-04-27 10:08
I just wonder whether these right wing crazies actually believe what they say.If this is just cynical politics there is hope they might know better than the slogans they trumpet. If not we are all done for. Living in Sweden we noticed everything is clean. Medical care and education are paid for out of taxes.People live well and long. If that's socialism we could use here.
+44 # Art947 2012-04-27 10:10
What would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. think when he looks at people such as Alan West and Clarence Thomas and asks that they be judged by the "content of their character'? I think that he would find both individuals wanting in the capacity for dignity, common sense and compation for their fellow inhabitants of this planet and country.
+16 # Todd Williams 2012-04-27 14:55
Yes and he would also call them "Uncle Tom." Both big time sellouts to their race and to America in general. I also wonder if West is a member of the Oathkeepers? Makes you wonder, doesn't it?
+34 # stonecutter 2012-04-27 10:31
I happen to live on the border of the 19th and 22nd CD's, just inside the line that blessedly provides representation by progressive-mod erate Ted Deutch, and avoids same by the troglodyte tea-party sociopath Allen West.

Calling West a "black conservative" is like referring to OBL as a misguided activist. West is a regressive, Clarence Thomas reactionary, without any marginally offsetting intellect; a black man who has disconnected himself and his politics from black history in America, who has cynically carved a path for himself in the bottom-feeding world of right-wing reactionism by embracing the worst elements of white supremacy and fascism. Compared to him (and Rick Scott), Shelby Steele is a moderate, Michael Steele sounds downright reasonable.

West's incendiary rhetoric, aside from being disgusting and dangerous, is all the more bizarre effluviating from the mouth of an African-America n who happens to be a gun-loving, self-loathing bigot, AND WHO WAS ELECTED TO CONGRESS!! His supporters would have made great concentration camp guards. Don't worry, what goes around, comes around.

No wonder whole regions of Florida are held in such low regard by the few remaining civilized pockets of society...but the weather is still sublime (excluding summer). And thank the golf gods for Ted Deutch.
+7 # Todd Williams 2012-04-27 14:57
I would compare these two clowns to the enablers in Dracula and Frankenstein. Bet they bow and scrape to their masters, the Teaparty Right. God, I'm sick to my stomach.
+30 # No Man is an Island 2012-04-27 10:35
Thanks to Bill Moyers for further exposing Mr. West for the opportunistic,
demented demogogue that he is.
+8 # Douglas Jack 2012-04-27 10:43
Bill, What is missing from the 'monolectic' ('one-sided') concerns which you rightly raise, is a healthy need for 'dialectic' ('both-sides') j'debate' (French 'de' = 'undo' + 'bate' = 'the fight'). As colonial (established by empire) countries, countries of the Americas have never done honour to the tens of thousands of years of First Nation heritage, which included a healthy culture of debate. As descendants of this genocide we continue to hide from truth in everything we do, not realizing that all perspectives are complementary parts of a whole. In cowardice from truth we become amnesic further and further down the memory hole while destroying the biosphere each of these perspective-voi ces represent.
+2 # AMLLLLL 2012-04-29 15:50

Some of the few contemporary democracies, our First Nations, were an exemplary model for our Constitution, but probably caused inner conflict within the Founding Fathers' sense of governance. Separation of church and state they got right, but following English common law in terms of property rights, not so much; the First Nations had it right.

I wonder whether debate would do much today, since the right wing is so unencumbered with the facts. Maybe a debate with a whooga horn when a contestant says something non-factual, and it's addressed on the spot.

The trouble with the right is that democracy is an annoyance to these people; critical thought is tantamount to hard labor.

Messy, loud, irritating, yes. But without democracy, what are we?
+21 # Buddha 2012-04-27 11:11
The thing is, in today's world of TV and internet, we have no excuses for electing idiots like West or Bachmann and the only people to blame our ourselves, as voters. If we do not reward such idiots by rapidly voting them out of the office, idiocy like this multiplies, like cockroaches left in a dark room. And the Dems have to learn how to message craft and work the media better to counter such ignorance, they already have our Plutarchs and their billions (and their propaganda machine like FAUX and the WSJ) arrayed against them.
+17 # spanky 2012-04-27 11:42
In another comment, I mentioned the state of Germany during Weimar and the havoc that situation brought. I only hope the atmosphere of fear that pervades our country and allows idiots like West to get attention will soon pass. If it is allowed to grow, we could be in real trouble, and the land of the free could be slave.
+2 # sandy.lieberson 2012-04-27 11:53
strange...cause he looks sooo nice!
+5 # Todd Williams 2012-04-27 15:00
Oh boy.....
Hot like Sarah Palin? How looks deceive.
+3 # mdhome 2012-04-28 11:00
Demented sociopaths with a fascism leaning come in all shapes and colors.
+21 # balconesfalk 2012-04-27 12:02
People no longer vote in their own self interest. They follow the dictates of those who forcefully lead them as they are prodded through church-based-ca ttle chutes on their way to the Polls. The Faux-Politico-C hristians--many on the receiving end of a pipeline from the Koch fortunes--tell them how to vote.
I witnessed this with my own eyes, during a long time career as election judge in Travis County. Some churches engage in preaching politics from the pulpit under a guise of tax exemption. It is high time to end that desecration of the non-profit status. We must issue a grass roots call to tax churches that engage in politics.
+24 # DHa7763100 2012-04-27 13:37
I will contact my Senators, Reps and the President, if you will. And tell them "Churches who engage in politcs under the guise of tax exemption, should loose their tax exempt status."
+19 # Todd Williams 2012-04-27 15:03
Several years ago I saw an evangelical church in Alabama with a big yard sign for George Bush. Tax exempt status? I say cut the money off from all churches. They should sink or swim like the rest of us poor schleps.
+5 # Billsy 2012-04-27 12:19
I thought that what truly destroyed McCarthy's career was the discovery by muckraker Drew Pearson that he was gay. Was there any truth to that?
+3 # Skippydelic 2012-04-27 18:55
If it was, that might give new meaning to his nickname, "Tail-Gunner Joe"... ;-)
+15 # namewon 2012-04-27 12:29
Way to go Bill Moyers! Amen!
+16 # balconesfalk 2012-04-27 12:31
Dear Rev. Bill Moyers,
I am thrilled by all the thoughtful and spot-on comments you draw. Texas is just as lame as FL when it comes to Republican leadership being later day Joe McCarthy-ists.
Our own seemingly tenured governor, Rick Perry, is equally mean-spirited in his pronouncements and deadly dangerous as executioner emeritus of the State of TX. Regardless of their guilt or evidence of innocence Perry chooses to kill-'em-all and let God sort them out.
We are called upon, by all right and reason, to put forward a candidate to not only beat Rick Perry soundly, but to change the embarrassment of having the color red applied to out great state.
Bill Moyers, please run for governor of Texas. Only you could demand the pulpit right to counter the Faux-Christiani ty practiced all across this state. It is time for a true Christian preacher in the Governor's Mansion, with a radio station operating out of the carriage house in back, to fill the airwaves with a breath of Christian Fresh Air. Please take this suggestion seriously.
+7 # mdhome 2012-04-28 11:04
No way for a fair election in Texas, Tom Delay made certain of that with his redistricting.
-46 # Noni77 2012-04-27 12:35
McCarthy was right, West is right. The Left has no idea what Democracy is nor what Communism or Socialism is, much less are able to compare and contrast. They don't read, merely repeat indoctrination. I went back to our country's original documents and no one with a brain can be a "Regressive". But lemmings giving away their birthright can. Fools.
+26 # dkonstruction 2012-04-27 13:34
Noni77, what "communist" or "socialist" works have you read?...i would be happy to discuss them with you...i would also be happy to discuss any of our country's "original documents" if you can be more specific and tell me which of these documents you are referring to (Declaration of Indepedence or the Constitution). Karl Marx, for example, always supported democracy. He was very clear on this point and considered what he called "bourgeois democracy" a huge step forward and progressive compared to the feudal system it was replacing. Lenin said the same thing by the way (just read his debates with the German Social Democrats of his day who considered "bourgeois democracy" i.e., political/elect oral democracy with free speech, elections, multiple political parties as being essential for the creation of socialism i.e., Lenin argued that in Germany socialists had to first win the hearts and minds and the votes of the majority of the German people. As for our "original documents" i think you need to make distinctions so e.g., the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights are truly democratic and revolutionary documents whereas the rest of the Constitition is really about protecting the property rights of white males and thus accepts and allows slavery and does not allow women or poor whites (who owned no property) to vote i.e., it is designed to exclude the majority from this supposedly democratic system. I would be happy to discuss any or all of this further.
-5 # Dougded 2012-04-28 06:22
But sir Marx and all the spin offs, have been incredibly distructive, killed millions for their opinions and left a wasteland in their wake. I include Hitler and Castro and any other totalitarian. Also Capitalism and it's modified forms from the very imperialistic British Empire to modern day America have been vastly more successful, even with their faults. And the citizens for their part have more oppurtunities and accomplsh more than all of the other systems combined.
+6 # mdhome 2012-04-28 11:09
How do you get hitler in the communism side? He hated communism and was a freely elected leader of a capitalist country, who stated his position as doing gods work, but was still a demented bastard.
+5 # Regina 2012-04-28 16:41
The killers used Marx's name in a totally twisted fallacy that they attributed to Marx. You're bleating the propaganda, not the facts.
+1 # dkonstruction 2012-05-03 07:49
Blaming Marx for Stalin (or Mao or Castro or any others you might want to throw in) is like blaming Jesus for the Crusades. There is nothing, nothing in Marx that proposes, supports or justifies the repressive, undemocratic and exploitative policies and practices of the old so-called socialist states. Please provide and quotes, citations or references to anything in Marx that suggest otherwise. And to talk about "success" of the British or American empires is to deny the facts that the reason why the west or capitalism as a whole has been "succesful" is due to the dstruction, devastation and immiseration of what used to be called the "third world" i.e., it was due to their imperialist and expansionist excursions around the other words we (the developed capitalist countries) are rich becuase the rest of the world is poor (as well as being due to the exploitation of it's own working classes). On the British Empire see "Britain's Empire: Resistance, Repression, Revolt" by Richard Gott and on the American Empires see Richard Kinzer's Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq" or Chalmer's Johnson's American Empire trilogy starting with "Blowback" to name just a couple of recent and important works addressing this topic.
-49 # american 2012-04-27 12:51
+28 # dkonstruction 2012-04-27 13:19
american, weren't you the guy holding the sign at that tea party rally telling the US gov't to "keep your hands off my medicare"....or r u one of those Tea Partiers riding around in a medicare (i.e., gov't paid for) scooter as Matt Taibbi observed in one of his early and brilliant pieces on the Tea Party. Thank you though for adding so much to the discussions on the RSN articles about student make the point better than any of those comments could ever do about the desparate need in this country for massively greater funding of public education (nob=ember, als, postions, with in, advisoy...There are now muslim brotherhood members in key white house positions?) are you secretly Alan West in disguise?. The shame of it is that you are more than likely one of the millions that are being so economically f%$ked over by the right-wing republicans yet you continue to vote against your own self-interest without even realizing might want to check out a book called What's The Matter With Kansas and stop getting all of your disinformation from Fox News, Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Rick Perry and other such intellectual luminaries of the neo-fascist right-wing in this country. For the record, I am a commie and believe me with all my heart i wish Obama was one too...sadly, he is a neo-liberal democrat who's policies are far, far too conservative and he ultimately serves the same 1% masters that Romney and the rest of the republicans do.
+15 # dkonstruction 2012-04-27 13:25
Folks, simply giving "american" a thumbs down is neither helpful nor productive (engage, engage, engage). It was a huge mistake for progressives to simply write off the entire Tea Party movement so that they basically had no where to go other than into the hands of the Karl Rove's and Koch brothers neo-fascist progressives (radicals or whatever) we have to learn how to engage the base of movements such as the tea party that are for the most part represent the disaffected white working class in this country for whom government has worked no better than it has for poor people of color. Much of the critique (such that it is) coming from the rank and file tea party types is essentially that government doesn't work for them...well, isn't that in many ways the same critique that the left has? So, instead of simply writing all of these people off and not trying to reach out and engage them we are ultimately playing right into the hands of the worst of their demogogic leadership.
+6 # Skippydelic 2012-04-27 19:14
The problem there, though, is that the Tea Partiers' gripes were *manipulated* by Rove and the Kochs. Some of the people on the edges of the movement - those who *weren't* drinking the kool-aid - probably could have joined with us progressives (i.e., Occupy), but the hard-core Teabaggers were going to keep letting Glenn and Rush do their thinking *for* them!

Demagoguery *requires* people to believe without questioning; in that climate, simply being part of 'The Enemy' - progressives/li berals - means that the True Believers will NEVER allow themselves to switch sides!
-7 # Dougded 2012-04-28 06:16
I read the three prior posts to this one and all of you are guite closed minded and selective. There Deagogs all both sides and that destroys your argument completely. Be honest, this is an example of the very thing Congressman West is being accused of. There is no difference!!!!!
+5 # Todd Williams 2012-04-27 15:13
+1 # Majikman 2012-04-27 21:02
Thanks, Todd. I needed that :)
+2 # mdhome 2012-04-28 11:13
I thought rush was god.
+5 # fishmother 2012-04-28 09:04
Well, well, well it's nice to see that Joe McCarthy has been reincarnated!
Perhaps you missed the part where he was brought down in disgrace for his lies, insane and uninformed ravings, the lives he ruined with his purges and the contempt he held for others. If you took the time you’ve dedicated to honing the lies you’ve told about President Obama by actually looking into his life and works you would know that he is a Christian who attended Church on Sundays in Chicago in an integrated neighborhood where he was a community organizer. Perhaps you confused the words Community with Communism. And if you bothered to educate yourself you might see that our President is a Capitalist who used what America has to offer, along with his keen intellect, to educate himself and follow the path from Chicago to the White House. You’ve also applied your lies and lack of logic to his advisors and Cabinet members. I doubt that you know much about any of them, but you might want to educate yourself so you can avoid McCarthy’s fate. I suppose you could also choose to avoid that fate by only surrounding yourself with people who also value uninformed dogma over truth.
+20 # kelly 2012-04-27 13:03
Mr. Moyers you are right. I wonder if anyone remembers that this is also America and it is NOT a crime to be a Communist.
+15 # tabonsell 2012-04-27 16:30
It seems that West, like so many others on the right, are only using what Sigmund Freud labelled as "transference" or "projection". That is attributing to others what is dispicable in yourself.

They continually label others as "communists" or "socialists" to cover up the fact it is they who have a totalitarian mindset and collective personalities; i.e. look at the 100 percent GOP opposition to all things from Democrats, such as the opposition to Bill Clinton's budgets that gave us four years of balanced budgets and tax-receipt surpluses or the past three years in which the GOP has been totally against anything that might help us get out of the economic hole the GOP dug for us.
+6 # Tree 2012-04-27 22:47
Thank you BIll Moyers once again... it is amazing that with all the intelligence available to everyone today that such stupidity as West's isn't laughed off every stage as the rantings of a lunatic...
+4 # Larry 2012-04-27 23:52
Remember in "Poltergeist" when the restless spirits of the dead invade the home, and the place is besieged by all manner of swirling apparitions? The young daughter enters, takes in the horrific scene and screams to no one in particular: "WHAT IS HAPPENING?????"

Let's call that "The Allen West Effect."
-10 # Dougded 2012-04-28 06:13
Mr. Moyer you are engaged in selective memory and tactics. People of your persausion engage in acceptable inflamatory remarks all the time from calling Mrs. Palin a s*** to President Bush and idiot. I hope you don't think there is any merit to this article. Because it only works for people with your uncommon point of view.
+3 # fishmother 2012-04-28 11:00
You too seem to have a selective memory. You seem to have forgotten that there is a huge difference between calling George W. Bush a warmonger, which he was, and questioning Palin's intellegence & what you are calling President Obama, because Obama is not a Communist, he’s a successful Capitalist. Let me remind you that George W. Bush started two wars to avenge 9/11, one to catch Osama Bin Laden (thank you President Obama for doing that), and another against Iraq, a country that had nothing to do with 9/11, but which had insulted his Dad. Yet he appeals to people like you, who are not interested in facts. And as for Sarah Palin, she's spunky and can throw out one-liners with the best of them, but as is evident any time she has been interviewed or asked a question without rehearsing her answer by either the left, or your own Fox news, her limitations are all too clear. There are quite brilliant and visionary Republicans, however you did not mention any of them by name...
+4 # Vegan_Girl 2012-04-28 07:36
We should organize and educate the electorate to unseat him. November is not that far. Get to work, Florida!

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