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June 2, 2022 6:46 am
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Heather wrote another very good letter today with a bit of history regarding this very question. What Senator Margaret Chase Smith (another Maine hero) feared most has come true. I’m sure she is turning over in her grave.

This is an excerpt, click the link to read the whole article.

Republican politicians eager to reclaim control of the government for the first time since 1933 fanned the flames of that fear. On February 9, 1950, during a speech to a group gathered in Wheeling, West Virginia, to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, an undistinguished senator from Wisconsin named Joe McCarthy claimed that he had a list of 205 communists working for the State Department and that the Democrats refused to investigate these “traitors in the government.”

The anti–New Deal faction of the party jumped on board. Sympathetic newspapers trumpeted McCarthy’s charges—which kept changing, and for which he never offered proof—and his colleagues cheered him on while congress members from the Republican faction that had signed onto the liberal consensus kept their heads down to avoid becoming the target of his attacks.
All but one of them did, that is. Senator Smith recognized the damage McCarthy and his ilk were doing to the nation.

On June 1, 1950, only four months after McCarthy made his infamous speech in Wheeling, Smith stood up in the Senate to make a short speech.
She began: “I would like to speak briefly and simply about a serious national condition. It is a national feeling of fear and frustration that could result in national suicide and the end of everything that we Americans hold dear…. I speak as a Republican, I speak as a woman. I speak as a United States Senator. I speak as an American.”


Referring to Senator McCarthy, who was sitting two rows behind her, Senator Smith condemned the leaders in her party who were destroying lives with wild accusations. “Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism in making character assassinations are all too frequently those who, by our own words and acts, ignore some of the basic principles of Americanism,” she pointed out. Americans have the right to criticize, to hold unpopular beliefs, to protest, and to think for themselves. But attacks that cost people their reputations and jobs were stifling these basic American principles. “Freedom of speech is not what it used to be in America,” Senator Smith said. “It has been so abused by some that it is not exercised by others.”

Senator Smith wanted a Republican victory in the upcoming elections, she explained, but to replace President Harry Truman’s Democratic administration—for which she had plenty of harsh words—with a Republican regime “that lacks political integrity or intellectual honesty would prove equally disastrous to this nation.”


“I do not want to see the Republican Party ride to political victory on the Four Horsemen of Calumny—Fear, Ignorance, Bigotry and Smear.” *

* Margaret Chase Smith Republican Senator from Maine


Cited and related links:

  1. heathercoxrichardson.substack.com

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  1. by Curt_Anderson on June 2, 2022 8:43 am
    I am admirer of Margaret Chase Smith too. Donald Trump is a latter day Joseph McCarthy. Instead of a list of supposed Communists, Trump claims to have evidence of voter fraud. McCarthy and Trump even have the morally bankrupt Roy Cohn in common.


  2. by HatetheSwamp on June 2, 2022 8:55 am

    These days, the GOP is the party of openness, tolerance and inclusion.


  3. by Curt_Anderson on June 2, 2022 8:59 am
    Yes, the Republican party is open to hypocrites, tolerant of wacky conspiracy theories and includes imbeciles.


  4. by Donna on June 2, 2022 10:05 am
    Not to mention White nationalists and neo-Nazis.


  5. by Curt_Anderson on June 2, 2022 10:18 am
    From a piece titled, "What Makes a Republican a “RINO”?" appearing in the Bulwark today:


    [Will] Saletan tries to get his arms around what the epithet RINO even means anymore. He notes that pre-2016 it had specific ideological connotations wrapped up in the conservative movement circa 1980. This is no longer the case. Pretty much every live Republican you meet in the wild will tell you that Liz Cheney is a RINO and Elise Stefanik is not.

    Will comes up with three boxes that a Republican needs to check to avoid being considered a RINO today:

    Personal loyalty to Donald Trump.

    Tolerance of corruption by favored groups and persons.

    Tolerance for the actions of Vladimir Putin.

    That’s it. That’s the Republican program now.
    thebulwark.com


  6. by HatetheSwamp on June 2, 2022 10:26 am

    Wow.

    I don't think I've ever read anything more inaccurate.

    Just for the sake of the lessons you'll learn, you need to watch an hour of RSBN coverage of one Trump rally.

    You're so wet behind the ears. You'll learn more in that hour about the current political spectrum than all you learned about politics in high school.

    That's alright.

    I know.

    You're too enlightened.

    Self-chosen ignorance truly is bliss, you happy man, you.


  7. by Curt_Anderson on June 2, 2022 11:09 am
    "Just for the sake of the lessons you'll learn, you need to watch an hour of RSBN coverage of one Trump rally." -HtS

    Your suggestion reminds me of door step discussions I've had Jehovah Witnesses and other religious zealots.

    Me: There is no evidence (that Adam and Eve existed/of an afterlife/of heaven /of God/that Jonah lived inside a great fish/or other articles of faith).

    Jehovah Witnesses: You need to read the Bible, then you'd learn to believe it.


    Btw, I have watched interviews of MAGA rally-goers. What a collection of brainwashed nuts and morons! Of course, I've seen Trump's fact-free schtick.


  8. by HatetheSwamp on June 2, 2022 11:29 am

    What a collection of brainwashed nuts and morons!

    Bahahahahahahahahahaha.

    I'm so glad that I'm not as enlightened and superior as are you.

    But, then, I suspect that, in you, there's a deep-seated, subconscious awareness that you'll see what your mirror image looks like.


  9. by Curt_Anderson on June 2, 2022 12:12 pm
    Really the MAGAts are not nuts and morons? Which of these people interviewed in this video are not nuts and/or morons?
    View Video


  10. by HatetheSwamp on June 2, 2022 12:27 pm

    You misunderstand me.

    With your shameless Joe Biden Good Germanism, you strike me as strongly resembling the most naíve, fawning Trump worshiper who has ever cheered at a MAGA rally.

    You are shameless and, apparently, completely lacking in self-awareness.


  11. by Curt_Anderson on June 2, 2022 12:35 pm
    HtS,
    You like to cast the "Good German" aspersion on me and others here. The defining characteristic of the "Good German" is that they were willingly blind and ignorant to the real horrors of Hitler and Nazis.

    What actual relevant facts regarding Biden and/or Democrats am I oblivious to?


  12. by HatetheSwamp on June 2, 2022 2:56 pm

    Mostly, it's YOU that I describe as a Good German, and that's what you are.

    If you watch just one hour of RSBN coverage of a Trump rally. That's pure Trump Good Germanism.

    And, that's precisely you with "that feckless dementia-ridden piece of crap."


  13. by islander on June 2, 2022 3:01 pm

    Hate- why are you unable to tell Curt any of the actual relevant facts regarding Biden and/or Democrats that he is oblivious to?



  14. by HatetheSwamp on June 2, 2022 3:10 pm

    Why am I unable to splain to Curt?...

    Here's a thought experiment:

    Imagine trying rationally to splain to an enthusiastic, uncritical, adoring Ultra-MAGA why they should be at least open minded about Trump's lies and policy failures.

    That's why.


  15. by Curt_Anderson on June 2, 2022 3:28 pm
    Thought experiment? We actually do try to explain the truth to you, our resident MAGA enthusiast.

    No matter how many "forensic audits", vote recounts and judges' decisions we cite that prove otherwise, you still think Biden is not the legitimate winner of the last election. Will you ever admit that you are laboring under misconceptions? Probably not. But I like to think that at some point and to some degree reality and facts sink in to the deep recesses of your mind.

    Maybe when you and other cultists wake up from your fever dream you will say, "oh yeah, I knew all the time that Trump was a fraud and that he lost the election.". Much like the way that the good Germans post WWII denounced Hitler and Nazis.


  16. by HatetheSwamp on June 2, 2022 3:36 pm

    No matter how many "forensic audits", vote recounts and judges' decisions we cite that prove otherwise, you still think Biden is not the legitimate winner of the last election.

    Not what I say, Curt. What I say is that there's substantial evidence that there vote fraud in the 020 election. There is.

    I also say that, because of the way ballots were cast and counted, there's no way to know who really won.

    But, I was saying looooooooong before January 6 that Joe Biden is my President. As I recall, there were some on the old forum who never could make that statement about Trump.


  17. by Curt_Anderson on June 2, 2022 3:44 pm
    We may be close to a breakthrough!

    Let's keep this simple, HtS. Answer the following YES or NO.

    Was Joe Biden the legitimate winner of the 2020 presidential election by virtue of his receiving more electoral (and more verified popular) votes?


  18. by HatetheSwamp on June 3, 2022 3:20 am

    Was Joe Biden the legitimate winner of the 2020 presidential election by virtue of his receiving more electoral (and more verified popular) votes?

    You brainless, blind leaping faith sycophantic Good German maniac.

    From yesterday's headlines:

    "YUMA COUNTY - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced that Guillermina Fuentes of San Luis pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count of Ballot Abuse, a Class 6 Felony, for her role in an August 2020 Primary Election "ballot harvesting" scheme where early ballots from other voters were collected and deposited into a ballot box on primary Election Day."

    There absolutely is significant proof of vote fraud by Dems in 020. The truth that anyone with an open and working brain has to acknowledge that we'll never know who would have won an honest 020 election.

    Joe Biden is my President even though his election will, for all time, be tainted.


  19. by HatetheSwamp on June 3, 2022 3:25 am

    Oh, sorry. Here's the link to the Dem pleads guilty to 020 election fraud case, though I chose from many possible articles. The news is out there, for people who can face truth.


    azag.gov


  20. by Curt_Anderson on June 3, 2022 9:04 am
    HtS, I am not sure if I should file your last response under hypocrisy, ignorance or cowardice.

    In this past election cycle there have been more reported cases of Republicans violating voter laws. But a handful of individual votes miscast here or there does not alter the legitimacy of a presidential election.

    There are unintentional and intentional illegal votes cast in every election. So by your measure every presidential election has been tainted so there has never been a president who you could say legitimately won an election.


  21. by Donna on June 3, 2022 9:39 am
    He just likes to argue, Curt. He's addicted to it.


  22. by Curt_Anderson on June 3, 2022 9:48 am
    Donna, but must he only argue on behalf of false premeses and debunked conspiracy theories?


  23. by Donna on June 3, 2022 9:55 am
    Yes! That way, he's certain to sucker us into arguing with him.


  24. by Donna on June 3, 2022 9:59 am
    Why do you think he goes BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!?


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