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  •  Acting like him how? (0+ / 0-)

    So far, all I see is claims that communists are in some places.
    That's not what set McCarthy apart.
    It's akin to claiming that all of our leaders are in the back pocket of the NRA.  It's right or its wrong, but its not evil.  McCarthy did genuine evil.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 09:06:48 AM PDT

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    •  McCarthy did genuine evil because (3+ / 0-)
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      He was able to combine his crazy with real power.  Right now, Cruz displays a similar brand of crazy, but does not have McCarthy's ability to enforce that on others.

      It is important not to handwave off people like Cruz and King because they are not currently capable of inflicting McCarthy-like levels of misery with their delusions.  Simply put, it is easier to prevent the recurrence of that period than it would be to root it out again should it return.

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      by Serpents Choice on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 09:16:36 AM PDT

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      •  No, he did far more than that. (0+ / 0-)

        He combined his ambition (not crazy -- there actually were not merely communists (probably harmless) but actual Soviet against (not so harmless) in the government) with a complete disregard for who or what he destroyed in the process.

        If Cruz goes off the deep end, everything changes.  Otherwise, he's at most Ron Paul with a different nuttiness.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 09:23:12 AM PDT

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