Tail Gunner Ted? Correcting the Record of Senator Joe McCarthy

by Andrew Amedee on February 25, 2013


If there is one thing that is certain about liberals, it’s that they love their faux outrage. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) dared question Chuck Hagel in a manner that apparently hurt the feelings of Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham along with various other hysterical Democrats in the Senate. Using Chuck Hagel’s own words about allies over the course of his career is “out of bounds” it seems.

You see, with the exception of Benghazi questioning and very little else, McCain and Graham are always ready to assist Democrats in buffoonery in order to remain relevant to the “Meet the Press” crowd. Just ask the 10 Bush Appellate Court nominees who languished under the “Gang of 14” in order to not change the very rules that the Democrats are trying to change now regarding the filibuster of nominees. But, I digress.

The New Yorker magazine recently ran an article titled “Is Senator Ted Cruz Our New McCarthy?” Obviously taking the talking point from the ever rational Sen. Barbara Boxer (D – CA) who said she was reminded of “a different time and place, when you said, ‘I have here in my pocket a speech you made on such-and-such a date,’ and of course there was nothing in the pocket.”

What this is referencing is Sen. Cruz saying the following about the Harvard Law School faculty – “There were fewer declared Republicans in the faculty when we were there than Communists. There was one Republican. But there were twelve who would say they were Marxists who believed in the Communists overthrowing the United States government.”

Is this so hard to believe? ”To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully: the more politically active black students, the foreign students, the Chicanos, the Marxist Professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets.” The President wrote this in “Dreams From My Father” about his time at Occidental College. Is Occidental so different from Harvard? Where was the liberal outrage when this was learned?

Is it because, maybe, Senator Cruz is a conservative and President Obama is not? Selective outrage is liberal politicians and media stock in trade.

Whether it’s selective reporting of rape comments by elected officials or candidates, running a daily tally on the war dead during the Bush administration but not this one, or Communist/Marxist comments made by one Senator and another future Senator/President, the media can always be relied on to report (if at all) differently for one political party as opposed to the other.

The same was true for another Senator, in “a different time and place”, as Babs would say.

Wikipedia defines “McCarthyism” as the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence. I use Wikipedia for the definition because that’s about as much credence as I give the term “McCarthyism”.

The left and the media did their level best in the 1950’s to try to portray Senator Joe McCarthy (R – WI) as a zealot, crusading against “phantom” Communists. What the left and the media won’t tell you is that “Tail Gunner Joe” was right. The Venona Project was declassified in 1995. In it, the 2,900 messages from the Kremlin to Soviet spies primarily in the State Department and various other positions of influence bare that fact out.

In February 1943, the US Army’s Signal Intelligence Service, what is now known as the National Security Agency, began deciphering intercepted Soviet cables. This top secret project was referred to as “Venona”. The cables were initially dispatched between 1940 and 1948, but the effort continued through 1952, and continued to crack the codes as late as 1980.

Although McCarthy was correct in his accusations, the classification of the project allowed media hacks to defame an honorable and decent man. The most famous of the day was probably I.F. Stone who had a highly regarded newsletter during the 50’s and 60’s. Stone was outspoken in his criticism of Sen. McCarthy. Turns out, I.F. Stone was a Soviet agent financed by the Kremlin.

And to correct Senator Boxer, it wasn’t a speech, it was a list. Senator McCarthy had a list in his hand. In a speech in Wheeling, WV, Senator McCarthy said:

“I have here in my hand a list of 205—a list of names that were made known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping policy in the State Department.”

McCarthy never made the list public and clarified that the number was 57 shortly after. Prompted by the speech in Wheeling, the Tydings Committee hearings were convened. Senator Millard Tydings (D – MD) was reported to have said, “Let me have him (McCarthy) for three days in public hearings, and he’ll never show his face in the Senate again.”

See folks, Senate Democrats were just as subversive then as they are now! It’s no coincidence that Julius Rosenberg’s KGB codename was “Liberal”. The purpose of the committee was not to root out Communists; it was to make McCarthy appear paranoid and delusional.

So Senator Cruz, if you are being compared to Joe McCarthy by Senate Democrats, keep up whatever you’re doing at the time. Anytime you can send Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Barbara Boxer into hysterics to the point that you do, you’re doing it right.

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