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  •  U.S. took a turn to the dark side in the '50's (13+ / 0-)

    The U.S. saw not only the coup in Iran and the overthrow and destabilization of socialist governments in Latin America, but also the Communist witch hunts featuring Sen. Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee taking place at the same time.  Julius and Ethel Rosenburg were executed in 1954, leaving two young sons orphaned for offenses that would draw a prison term today.  The Communist Party was outlawed in the early '50s after running candidates for office and organizing labor since the 20's.  

    The early 50's also saw U.S. military advisors sent to Viet Nam because the French were on the verge of losing their grip on their colonial empire in Indochina.  The Gulf of Tonkin was the manufactured reason for the U.S. to go all in.

    Intellectuals were derided as 'eggheads' until the Soviets beat the U.S. into space.  This resulted in a big push to improve access to higher education to more youngsters, which lead to the various movements of the 60's and 70's, causing a panic amongst the right wing.

    Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

    by arlene on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 05:02:47 PM PDT

    •  And here we are... (2+ / 0-)
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       The right wing of today is a direct descendent of the people who directed this crap back the. Some with straight family ties.

      What a damned shame it all is...

      “I used to be disgusted....Now I try to be amused" --Elvis-- My first attempt at a diary..

      by PlinytheWelder on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 05:31:22 PM PDT

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