In the late 40’s and 50’s, the American public was called upon to turn in their neighbors suspected of being communists. Nowadays, the general view of the Republican party of that time is one of intolerance, prejudice, fear-mongering… a lot of which hinges on the party’s support and use of McCarthyism.
Presently we have a new bud of McCarthyism sprouting… planted and watered by the White House. Below you will find a quote and link from the White House website as well as a quote and link to McCarthyism found on Wikipedia.
“There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to email@example.com.”
“McCarthyism was supported by a variety of groups, including the American Legion and various other anti-communist organizations. One core element of support was a variety of militantly anti-communist women’s groups such as the American Public Relations Forum and the Minute Women of the U.S.A.. These organized tens of thousands of housewives into study groups, letter-writing networks, and patriotic clubs that coordinated efforts to identify and eradicate subversion.”