You're a Communist!
When I heard the story of Joseph McCarthy and his fake communist list I immediately thought about Senator John McCain. You may ask why, I can answer this question.
During the 2008 Presidential Election I remember seeing a clip of Senator and Presidential hopeful John McCain, taking questions and listening to comments from a group of his supporters. The clip is on YouTube and you can find it by simply typing in "McCain Tells Crowd Obama is not an Arab". The clip goes like this...the women who has the microphone in her hand says that she can't trust Obama because "he's an Arab". Immediately Senator McCain shakes his head says no and takes the microphone away from her. Now some may wonder why the woman would say that. Others may say that her comment was racist. Is she implying that all Arabs are not to be trusted? Personally neither of those two questions interested me at all. When it comes to politicians the first thing that comes to my mind is suspicion.
I did a little research on Joseph McCarthy and I am pretty sure Mr. McCain's advisors did their homework also. What I mean by this is, these political advisors when pushed up against a wall will devise any plan they can possibly think of to get American's who don't know any better (this is the majority in my opinion) to vote for their nominee. Now throw in the fact that many of these advisors are very intelligent wiz kids with degrees in political science, and you have a bright idea based on what else but history. Think about it, if you knew that in the 1950s one man gained power and influence over a whole country by simply accusing people of being something that most people thought was the wrong thing to be, could you use that knowledge to your advantage? At the end of the day my question is, did the McCain camp set this up in order to get votes from the massive amount of Anti-Arab post 9/11 American's or are most American's so ignorant that they look to support politicians based on irrelevant qualities and use McCarthyism to justify their idiotic reasoning?
I can understand that some people might dislike other people simply based on a bad vibe they get or a personal preference (ex. A guy doesn't like women who wear weaves), but there is no reason to make up things about people without facts. Personally, even if I hated my boss's guts and somehow he was accused of sexual harassment I wouldn't suggest that he's a pervert and it might be true unless I saw him do something perverted at work. Unfortunately McCarthyism still exists today and sadly the use of it may even be more effective then it was in the past. If I'm right about the set up theory I have to give those McCain advisors some credit for creativity. The plan may have worked had Obama not been so untouchable at the time. With one comment they put a thought into Obama hater's minds and showed undecided voters that McCain wasn't racist. Wow, I just noticed a connection in the names, McCarthy and McCain, hmm coincidence?