McCarthyism, Kingism And Dirty Laundry - A Political Satire

How To Keep America In The Dark - 101

What these three things, McCarthyism, Kingism and Dirty Laundry, have in common is that they all stink. It is a constitutional fact, in America, that people have the right to speak their minds and worship God, or anything else for that matter, as they see fit. But, America has a long legacy of small mindedness and idiocy. Much time has been spent squelching the rights of others when self-righteousness has gotten out of hand.

In the late 1940's, Joseph McCarthy, the Republican Senator from Minnesota, embarked on a 'witch hunt' that almost brought the American constitution's freedom of speech to its knees. He made widespread accusations of Communist activites among American citizens without supplying any evidence to confirm his claims. He insisted that there were substantial numbers of Communists, Russian spies and Soviet sympathizers inside the U.S. government and elsewhere. Eventually, McCarthy's methods and his inability to prove his claims led him to be censured by the United States Senate. However, before this occurred, he wasted America's time in this undertaking for nearly 10 years. But, he did get a nifty definition named after him - McCarthyism. According to Wikipedia it means, "the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence." "The term is also now used more generally to describe reckless, unsubstantiated accusations, as well as demagogic attacks on the character or patriotism of political adversaries." A demagogue, according to dictionary.com is, "A person, especially an orator or political leader, who gains power and popularity by arousing the emotions, passions, and prejudices of the people.

Now we have a followup act to this paranoid sensationalism. Our newest puppet of intrigue is Republican Representative, Peter King from New York. He is holding what he calls a "Hearing On American Muslims: How Radical? How Dangerous?" He is not even trying to disguise his attack by naming an enemy nation, he is challenging the right to worship that the constitution guarantees. One of the little known bits of interest about King's past is that he, himself, was at one time found to be a supporter of the anti-British Irish Republican Army. Now, isn't Britain one of the U.S.'s greatest allys, ever? Hummmm...I wonder how the British Parliament feels about us having a traitor to them as one of our elected officials. On Wednesday, a group of over 50 Democrats wrote to Peter King. What they said was, "Singling out one religious group and blaming the actions of individuals on an entire community is not only unfair, it is unwise -- and it will not make our country any safer."

So, how far will the Republicans go to keep America in the dark? How far will they go to hide the fact that they are giving it all away to big business? Let's just see what we have here. We have not questioned any other religious groups to see if they have anyone in their midst whom they think is dangerous. If I am not mistaken, many of the mafia profess to be Catholics. Shouldn't we have a hearing on them, too? I have heard that the mafia is responsible for most of the drug trade in the U.S. I guess that doesn't count, though, because if children take drugs they buy off the street and die as a result it's just shame on society. What about the Hari Krishna? Aren't they just a little suspect in those orange robes? Who knows what they are up to. I'm not sure you can trust people who sing and dance in worship to God all the time. Well, the Republicans have already taken away any representation, we the people, might have in the House of Representatives. The Supreme Court made sure of that. We won't need to worry about our financial freedoms anymore, either, because much of the middle-class has next to nothing left. So now, they are trying to take away our freedom to worship, as we see fit. I'm guessing that the next document we will see come out of the government is one that says, "How Much Did You Make Last Year?--Send It In".

This final quote from a book written by Alexander Tytler in 1776 pretty much sums up America's path--

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising them the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over a loss of fiscal responsibility, always followed by a dictatorship. The average of the world's great civilizations before they decline has been 200 years. These nations have progressed in this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from dependency back again to bondage."

Note: Next week my articles will be about spirituality and faith. It is time for us to embrace who we really are in the scheme of all things.

 

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CreatePerfection 5 years ago from Beautiful Colorado Author

I have now been told a couple of times that people have been unable to make comments on this hub, so I am just doing a test.


Bruse 5 years ago

Interesting hub. I wonder what our government will try to take away next.


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

You beat me to the punch!:)

This is another well-written article that hits all the right notes. I can't figure out what is so hard for people to understand. It isn't a matter of political correctness, it's a matter of honesty.

The US has over a thousand extremist and militia groups and gangs terrorizing neighborhoods. In fact, 35 people are murdered every single day and not at the hands of Muslims.

People need to remember there are 1.5 billion Muslims in the world...do we need them all to hate us?

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CreatePerfection 5 years ago from Beautiful Colorado Author

Hi FP, thanks for coming back and making this comment. I am beside myself with the foolishness we call our government leaders. I watched the Muslim Congressman from Minnesota, Keith Ellison, testify before this sham of King's today. He broke down and cried. How could we be so cruel and thoughtless? The Republican Party has shown over and over again recently that we need to rid ourselves of all of them. Thanks again.

Bruse, thanks for your comment, too. I really have no idea what is next.


HSchneider 5 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

Excellent Hub. Peter King is simply trying to make political points on the backs of Muslims. It's pretty disgusting. I saw Chris Matthews on Hardball show that King had supported the IRA in the 1980's and praised their killing of the British soldiers. A bit hypocritical I think. He and the GOP did the same thing when they demagogued the Mosque. Before they demagogued it for political points, they held up the leader of the project as an example of a positive Muslim leader. All that goes out the window when you can make political hay out of something.


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CreatePerfection 5 years ago from Beautiful Colorado Author

Thank you, HS, such well made points. Americans are asleep at the wheel, and very close to running off the cliff. We are going to need a miracle to get our elected officials back on track.


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RGAldriedge 5 years ago from Arkansas

Thumbs up and useful. I hope we can avoid going back into "bondage", we are definitly in a state of selfishness and apathy right now.


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CreatePerfection 5 years ago from Beautiful Colorado Author

Hi RGA, I just read an article by Jillian Barclay, one of HubPages authors that will chill your spine. The name of the aritcle is "Michigan: The Bill That Could Dissolve Cities, Towns And Schools!"

This is the link to the article--be sure to read it: http://hubpages.com/politics/Michigan-The-Bill-Tha...


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randslam 5 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

A well presented article, CP. I thought you were leaning toward Martin Luther Kingism, instead of the more recent debacle of Peter King.

I do a great deal of history research and when one realizes how many careers McCarthyism destroyed--ugh.

America's corporate greed has eliminated the middle class--that's already gone. Look into the loss of the garment industry in New York's 7th district. That started with a removal of 5 percent in the era of JFK to the present situation--of only 5 percent remaining. Yep, you can't buy anything made in America when it comes to clothing.

The captains of industry have destroyed the pride of a nation--best to get some new news media coverage, too--because FOX, CNN, ABC, etc--just not reporting real news with real, stress on realizing the insane costs of foreign wars, exporting jobs, regulating banks and traders, etc.

I moved out in 2001, after living in the states for 17 years--G W Bush was just too much for me.

And you're right, it's not a republican vs. democrat thing--they've all lost their visionary navigation systems. Time to wake up--if it's not too late already.

A concerned Canadian, who use to be very American.


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CHRIS57 5 years ago from Northern Germany

I very much enjoyed this hub. True words, thank you.

By the way, are you sure Alexander Tytler wrote the famous democracy cylce?


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CreatePerfection 5 years ago from Beautiful Colorado Author

Hi randslam, thanks for your insightful comment and I noticed you are following my hubs now, thank you for that, too. I felt the same way you did when GW Bush was elected, I wanted to leave the country, too. And, when he was elected a second time I thought that the American people must be the stupidest people in the world, which was soon confirmed by many other governments. You are right about the middle class, it is gone. America is not long upon this earth from what I can tell and we have shown all the progressions that Alexander Tytler said we would experience. The people are now in bondage to our government and big business.

Hi CHRIS57, thanks so much for your kind words of encouragement. Also, thanks for reminding me that Tytler was spelled with a y not an i. I have changed it in the article. As far as I know the quote came from Tytler's book "The Decline and Fall of the Athenian Republic." That is all the information I have on it. My apologies if it was incorrectly credited, but just the same, it says much about the perils of a democracy once the government starts to fund special interests.


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randslam 5 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

Thank you for your reply. The Tytler demonstration of the democratic governmental stratagem is so valid--the sad, slow drain of a democracy, however, could be bolstered if the apathy and education of a people, citizens, wasn't taken away by the very people put into power.

I wish that more understanding was available for the masses, but even in my own family, some Canadian, some American, the blindness to the fact that the American Dream is being destroyed from within does not come into the periphery of their views.

"We're all good as long as we strong christians kill some muslims." Seems to be the "righteous indignation" that these people have. And I do call them people, because the last thing they are is christian in their understanding of a benevolent government with committment to increasing its citizenry's education, income and health.

If only a few could start to hear...instead of watching spin doctors and celebrities. Things could become very optimistic, even somewhat euphoric. A New America...wouldn't that be nice. A beacon on the hill with brilliant understanding--Reagan should have known better.


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CreatePerfection 5 years ago from Beautiful Colorado Author

I, too, am so disappointed in Americans. I don't know if ignorance is so very rampant among voters and they are unwilling to take the time to educate themselves or if stupidity is the culprit instead. It reminds me a good deal of cattle going to slaughter. They follow like lemmings to their death with a smile on their face.

As you say, Christianity has nothing to do with what these self-righteous aggressors are doing. I am a very spiritual person and I recognize that those looking for love and peace to prevail in the world cannot find it in organized religions because the professors of these religious beliefs are hypocrites in the worst way. The Christ light that can be found in all of us if we are looking, cannot surface in a person who creates hate and intolerance in any form.


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randslam 5 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

Too true--I often recommend new sources of media news information sources. Try the CBC's "The Passionate Eye." Great centrist documentaries.

Three cheers for tolerance and education.


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CreatePerfection 5 years ago from Beautiful Colorado Author

Thank you randslam, I will look for "The Passionate Eye" on the internet and see if I can find it. I really appreciate the comments you have made and have signed up to follow your hubs, too. I look forward to reading your work and making a few comments of my own. Cheers and thanks again.


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amillar 5 years ago from Scotland, UK

A very helpful article and an interesting quote. I've always suspected there's a sequence to 'civilisation'.

Looking around me, I suspect we’re somewhere in about: “from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency”. Up and awesome.


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CreatePerfection 5 years ago from Beautiful Colorado Author

Hi amillar, it sounds like the U.K. is running close to the end of the gamut, too. In the U.S. I believe we have just returned to bondage. Our captors this time are the huge corporations in America, who have been given free reign by our Supreme Court to buy our elected officials, and as the quote says, Democracy "can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury." Our most recent House and Senate Republican votes have all been in favor of the mega corporations in America, in particular the oil companies, the banks, and Wall Street. They now hold ALL the cards and from what I have seen of their history, their greed has no bounds.

Thank you so much for reading this article and for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate hearing from you and wish you the best.

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