The New McCarthyism: Are you now, or have you ever been…

“Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist party?”

McCarthyism, named after Wisconsin Republican Joseph McCarthy, was a period of intense anti-communism, also known as the ‘Red Scare,’ which occurred in the U.S. from 1948 to about 1956, when the government actively persecuted those suspected of being communists. Loyalty tests were required for government and other employment and lists of subversive organizations were maintained.

This ‘Red Scare’ affected many in Hollywood, resulting in arrests of various figures in the film industry. Many were also ‘blacklisted,’ unable to work in the industry (although some screenwriters were able to work under pseudonyms).

In the Senate, the primary committee for investigating Communists was the ‘Senate Internal Security Subcommittee,’ formed in 1950 and charged with ensuring the enforcement of laws relating to “espionage, sabotage, and the protection of the internal security of the United States.”

The SISS was headed by Nevada Democrat Pat McCarran, who gained a reputation for careful and extensive investigations. However McCarran’s character is questionable  according current Nevada Democrat Senator Harry Reid.

“Pat McCarran was one of the most anti-Semitic — some of you might know my wife’s Jewish — one of the most anti-black, one of the most prejudiced people who has ever served in the Senate,” claims Reid.

McCarran passed away in 1954.

“Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Tea Party?”

An actress is facing backlash in San Francisco’s Latino community, after she voiced support for a conservative candidate for California governor. Maria Conchita Alonso starred in a campaign ad for Assemblyman Tim Donnelly of San Bernardino County, a Tea Party favorite who is seeking the Republican nomination.

Donnelly has voiced strong views against illegal immigration and was once involved with the Minutemen Project, a group that patrolled the border with Mexico to catch immigrants coming across. Alonso received an earful from listeners of Spanish-language radio station, after she said in an interview that she supported many of Donnelly’s views on illegal immigration.

“Are you now, or have you ever been critical of President Obama?”

Conservative commentator and best-selling author Dinesh D’Souza has been indicted by a federal grand jury for arranging $20,000 in campaign contributions to a candidate for the U.S. Senate. According the indictment, around August 2012, D’Souza reimbursed people who he had directed to contribute $20,000 on behalf of Wendy Long, a lawyer and Republican who sought to unseat Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand as New York’s junior senator.

Long is not named in the indictment.

D’Souza is charged with one count of making illegal contributions in the names of others, and one count of causing false statements to be made. Federal law in 2012 limited primary and general election campaign contributions to $2,500 each, for a total of $5,000, from any individual to any one candidate.

He also directed a 2012 film critical of President Barack Obama, “2016: Obama’s America,” and has written books including “The End of Racism,” “Life after Death: The Evidence” and “Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream.”

“Are you now, or have you ever been a spokesperson for an Israeli-based company?”

Actress Scarlett Johansson is the latest casualty of a widening campaign to boycott her.  This after, she agreed to become the spokeswoman for SodaStream, a Tel Aviv-based company that makes home soda machines and has its main plant in an Israeli industrial park next to the West Bank settlement of Maaleh Adumim.

Johansson’s decision ticked-off Oxfam International, a humanitarian aid organization that she had served as global ambassador for eight years. They forced her to resign, saying they oppose all trade with Israeli settlements, deemed illegal by most of the international community.

“Are you now, or have you ever owned a fire arm in your home?”

ABC News wants you and me to spy on our neighbors. In an ‘investigative report,’ by Diana Sawyer called ‘Young Guns,’ she recommends parents go to their next door neighbor and ask if they had guns in the house and to find out if they are locked up or not.

Furthermore they use children to demonize guns but placing unloaded and unattended weapons in view of children at play. ABC used these instances to scare parents and try to prove firearms in the home are merely death wishes.

In one of the few instances in which the boys didn’t play with the gun, an older boy acted as the voice of reason and warned them not to touch the firearm. Afterwards, producers removed the 10-year-old from the classroom and as soon as the older boy left, the two younger ones grabbed the gun and played with it.

Not used in the ‘report’ are these Center for Disease Control facts: 81 children between the ages of one and 14, were killed accidentally by a gun. Suffocation is number one with 174 for the same age group during the same time period and third is poisonings with only 10.

“Are you now, or have you ever dissented?”

Dissent is to disagree with a current government policy, an individual or a political party. In some political systems, dissent may be formally expressed by way of opposition politics, while politically repressive regimes may prohibit any form of dissent, leading to suppression of dissent and the encouragement of social or political activism.

Though often misattributed to founding-father Thomas Jefferson, the quote “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism,” argues that a healthy society needs not only to protect, but also to encourage disagreement to remain at liberty.

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