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  •  Let me respond a bit more appropriately: (1+ / 0-)
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    Clem Yeobright

    It would be a reasonable question for somebody who invokes McCarthy in a positive way.  I don't know that Cruz has.  It certainly would be a reasonable question for Ann Coulter, who has, in the past, come to McCarthy's defense.

    There is, however,  a difference between saying there are communists in government and doing what McCarthy did.

    McCarthy went will beyond the general (and, btw, true -- look up the Venona project and some of the things we learned from it) claim that there were communists in the US government.

    He named names.  Not the names, so far as I understand, of any actual communists infiltrating the government, but names.

    And that's a problem.  He was willing to destroy anybody for any reason without regard for fact, law, or decency.  And -- he was willing to do it to further his own ambitions.  That's not being wrong.  That's being evil, so evil that even an anti-communist like President Eisenhower was moved to bring him down.

    And here's the clincher -- the identities of communists in the government was a very high level secret -- but known to those with the appropriate clearance.  The secret was kept for a very good reason: we didn't want the Soviets to know that we had broken their codes.  I suspect that, if any of the infiltrators were in a position to do truly serious harm,  something was figured out to head them off at the pass.

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    by dinotrac on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 08:57:35 AM PDT

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    •  As an expansion on that (2+ / 0-)
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      There are likely ALWAYS spies within the govt. always. Most of them will be low level, but even low levels in some depts have access to classified materials.

      The ones that are motivated by money are likely the most numerous, and easiest to co opt back, because they won't care if they give bad and/or planted info to their handlers, as long as they get something out of it.

      The true believers would be harder to deal with. And the ones with a grudge against the us for whatever reason.

    •  You do realize that it is not illegal (2+ / 0-)
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      Clem Yeobright, PSzymeczek

      to be a communist. To oppress someone because of their political beliefs is a highly unAmerican activity.

      Just when you thought there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between the two parties, the Republicans go and prove you're wrong.

      by shoeless on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 09:50:15 AM PDT

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