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A New McCarthyism Takes Hold in Congress

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U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., (1909-1957) in 1954 in San Diego, California. He achieved fame for his unsubstantiated accusations in the early 1950s that 250 Communists had infiltrated the U.S. State Department. By hectoring cross-examination he arraigned many innocent citizens and officials, and eventually overreached himself.  (AFP/AFP via Getty Images)

Suzanne Downing (Solo Blog) By Monday, 08 February 2021 03:18 PM EST Current | Bio | Archive

The D.C. Establishment in the United States House of Representative took actions this past week against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., that would make the late-Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., blush.

In an apparent attempt to silence Rep. Greene over previously-held beliefs regarding the ignominous QAnon conspiracy, Democratic and Republican officials exposed themselves as creating a new form of McCarthyism. 

But will their efforts backfire and actually help Rep. Greene?

Sen. McCarthy, in the Cold War era, pioneered Red Scare inquisitions when he brought up charges of communism against employees of the United States government, other institutions, and Hollywood. 

He held hearings.

People lost their jobs.

Later, he was vilified for his tactics; then censured in 1954.

Now, McCarthyism is a pejorative.

Last week, Democratic members of the U.S. House, and some Republicans, maligned Rep.  Greene because of her previous comments regarding the QAnon conspiracy.

They hounded her for answers, and deemed her guilty without trial. 

Indeed, on the surface it was reminiscent of Sen. McCarthy’s now famous questioning, "Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party of the USA?"

Some Democratic leaders and liberal pundits called for Rep. Greene to be kicked out of the Republican Party.

Others called for her to be banned from serving the American people altogether. 

But the danger of what just happened to Rep. Greene could wind up being far more insidious than the original McCarthyism for several reasons.

Relatively few in America even know what QAnon is, let alone believe in it.

QAnon is, in many respects, a fabrication of the news media surrogates of the Left.

But, for a perceptive observer, it's obvious that these attacks on Rep. Greene are about more than supposed conspiracy theorists in Congress.

The real risk is that what happened to her can now happen to any of us in today's America.

If Congress decides that something seemingly random is now a tenet of, QAnon, then many people using social media may have unwittingly retweeted or repeated some phrase or meme that links now, or in the future may link, to QAnon.

Some 230 members of the House were motivated to remove Rep. Greene from the Education and Budget Committees for her statements from the past.

That number included 11 Republicans.

As Rep. Greene stood to defend herself, she felt compelled to go back and explain her political journey from concerned citizen using social media, to candidate, and how she does not believe in QAnon theory any longer and hasn’t for a very long time.

"I was allowed to believe things that weren’t true and I would ask questions about them and talk about them, and that is absolutely what I regret," Greene expressed.

She should not have had to say even that much.

Many of us have held beliefs at one time or another that we later learned were false, in whole or in part.

Not one member of Congress can say what the QAnon theory actually is, as it's based on wildfire rumors passed around the internet.

There is no headquarters for QAnon.

There is no sign-up sheet or oath.

In short, trying to determine what QAnon is is like pushing a rope.

"I never once said during my entire campaign, 'QAnon.' I never once said any of the things that I am being accused of today during my campaign. I never said any of these things since I have been elected for Congress," Greene continued at her press conference, wearing a face mask with the words "FREE SPEECH" printed on the front.

It mattered not.

No one would come to her defense.

She was left to her own defense for the tribunal that the media and the Democratic Party set in place.

The House stripped her of her committees and thus has made a martyr of her.

This cannot end well at the ballot box for them.

Later, Greene tweeted that she was grateful for the Democratic "morons" and 11 Republicans who sanctioned her, because since Republicans are in the minority anyway, that she would have been wasting her time in committee.

Now, she has a bigger public platform.

Throughout this ordeal, it's apparent that not one lawmaker stopped to think about Newton’s Third Law: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

If they had, Republicans and Democratic leaders would have reflected on just how bad this new form of McCarthyism looks for both parties in D.C. to the American people. 

Nor is it apparent that they thought of the larger consequences to the American people by starting this sort of witch-hunt. 

But, instead, Rep. Greene may now rise to become a force that the D.C. Establishment can't control, and has the potential to bcome the symbol for the fight against the Swamp of the statists leading the new McCarthyism. 

Suzanne Downing is the publisher of Must Read Alaska and Must Read America. She is a former business owner, longtime journalist, and political adviser who worked for Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida and Gov. Sean Parnell of Alaska. She was raised in Juneau, Alaska and is based in Anchorage. Where she writes on current events and politics. Read Suzanne Downing's Reports — More Here.

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Last week, Democratic members of the House, and some Republicans, maligned Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) because of her previous comments regarding the QAnon conspiracy.
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Monday, 08 February 2021 03:18 PM
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