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  •  What freaks me out (35+ / 0-)

    is the deja vu effect for me.  I came of age in the 1960s but my childhood was in the 1950s.  I remember being taught to be afraid of the "commies."  Not by my parents but by the public in general and the schools.  From the duck and cover days of hiding under my desk when I was six or seven to a 12 year old begging my parents to make sure we had food in our basement in case........and to come down to the basement when the air raid siren went off on Saturdays at noon.
    I wondered who these "commies" were and why they wanted to kill me.  I remember one nun (catholic school) telling us that the commies hated god and may try to force us to hate Jesus and how we must resist.   I think back now and wonder why would adults spend so much time scaring small children.

    As I matured I started reading a lot more and there were two things that aided me in starting to question stuff.  MAD magazine and The Twilight Zone. Spy vs spy just cracked me up and helped me see the absurdity of it all.  Twilight Zone had more than a few shows that made me thing about things, opened my mind.

    By the time the Civil Rights protests, the anti war protests started I had become a person no longer so easily manipulated by fear.  Looking back now, I understand why so many people back then could be manipulated.  But I also remember my parents, the other adults in my life being upset with, disgusted by the whole McCarthy scare tactics.   Perhaps because my parents were immigrants, or in the case of my father, his parents were immigrants from Southern Italy/Sicily where the fascism of Mussolini was part of the reason their parents left the country, they could sense the smell of the fascist mentality.  Perhaps because my neighborhood was dominated by union steel workers, and by women who worked in the sweat shops as girls before the unions stopped child labor, they resented the labeling of union workers as "commies."   Perhaps because as stupid as some things were in catholic school back then, the church was essentially spouting "social justice" with nuns and priests visible in the early marches for civil rights and social justice, I chose the path of liberalism.  I don't know.
    But I do know this. I am stunned at hard the right is trying to bring us back to the 1950s mentality of fear and hate.
    I am even more stunned at how easily it has worked on so many.

    •  It works politically (14+ / 0-)

      I watched a show on the history of cocaine last night, and surprise, surprise, the political power play to make it illegal, was an attack on black men turning into sex crazed maniacs after drinking the coca cola. The anti-tax crowd disguises racial warfare by suggesting that wealth redistribution is taking money out of your pocket and giving it to lazy black people. They describe this wealth exchange as communism.

       It is so true that everything old becomes new again. The reason is because it works. It would be nice if the left could set upon one them and talking point that is effective at discrediting this bullshit.

      ~a little change goes a long way~

      by missliberties on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 07:49:50 AM PDT

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    •  Yes, for older folks... (6+ / 0-)

      ...(only older folks use the phrase "older folks") it is very hard to watch society appear to regress, to step backwards and to go back not to the future, but to the past.

      We will have to roll the rock up the hill again now.

      I didn't intend the above as a factual statement.

      by Bensdad on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 08:33:17 AM PDT

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    •  spy vs spy was wonderful. My older brothers (6+ / 0-)

      had Mad Magazines, and I would sneak in to their room when they weren't there to read them.  I'm looking at the drawer across from my desk right now that has a few old tattered Mad Magazines from so many years ago.
      My father lost his job as an accountant for the Army/Air Force during the McCarthy era -- partly because my mother subscribed to a social work magazine that (horrors) had a communist on the staff.  (and he actually contributed to the Communist Party in the 1930's but was totally disillusioned with it after the Stalin/Hitler pact).  
      He got his job back a year later but he hated the House UnAmerican Activities Committee, he hated Nixon.  He was also an immigrant, like your parents but from Eastern Europe.  Also very pro-union.  
      I think we had similar childhood experiences.

      If, in our efforts to win, we become as dishonest as our opponents on the right, we don't deserve to triumph.

      by Tamar on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 11:11:40 AM PDT

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