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Joe McCarthy: Patriot

Joe McCarthy was a patriot. So why was he attacked?

Because the academic left harbored a great affection for the Soviet system. These people admired the top down society of the Russians because they always admired the idea of controlling other people’s lives. Never mind that under the Soviet system, they’d probably be in camps or under surveillance.

But these sorts of people don’t think realistically. They only imagine themselves as among the elect, the believers of the system that will deliver them power. As such, they virulently hated anyone that got in the way of their imagined road to power. McCarthy was such a man. Because of that, he was attacked in every possible way.

It’s difficult to form a personal picture of the man since he lived a simple life outside the Senate. There simply aren’t that many details about his life. What we do know is that he was a simple, straightforward, common-American kind of man. He enjoyed talking to the elevator controllers and the workmen in the senate. He liked the common man.

That explains why he fought for America and was neither bought off nor scared off. It also explains why the elites hated him. He threatened their power by being uncontrollable by them. As such, he threatened their goals. This they wouldn’t tolerate, and they set about to destroy him.

They didn’t succeed in destroying him. But unfortunately, he died at 48. Thus ended his career. Would that it had been longer!

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The Right Wing in America is Locked in the Cold War

The reason that the American right wing is so useless today is that they are still fighting yesterday’s battles. In the 80s there was a real threat of totalitarianism in the world. The Soviet Union was on the march, and many leftists here at home still hoped to bring about Soviet style communism here in America. American patriots were trashed day in and day out in the liberal press.

But Reagan ended all that. Now, the Soviet Union is gone, and communism only exists in backwaters like Venezuela. Nobody in America is serious about bringing about communism anymore. But the modern right, the X Generation, who are in their early to late 40s, think politics is still a struggle against a crushing, tyrannic philosophy. The problem is the X Generation came into adulthood right at the end of the Cold War. Thus their minds were shaped right before an epoch shift. Their view of politics was outdated almost as soon as they got it. This has led to a kind of trauma, where the world they had just settled into was suddenly ripped out from under them.

You can especially see this in their dealings with Bill Clinton in the 90s. The right was utterly lost. They didn’t get some kind of footing until he was already halfway through his administration. Even today, they still struggle to reconcile their Cold War thinking to the Obama administration. They never actually figured Obama out, because he didn’t fit the communist mold they carry around with them. If you listened to a lot of talk radio like I did for the first six years of Obama’s administration, you could hear them day after day trying to figure him out. You may have been surprised at this, like I was.

The thing is this: people like to get cozy with a particular frame of thinking. People don’t like to change their thinking once they’ve settled into it. The X Generation settled into Cold War thinking, and then like I said it was pulled out from under them. It became irrelevant. For years they stumbled along in the wilderness, so to speak, trying to find their footing. They’ve never actually managed to do so. They just get kinda used to a president after a while. Since the right was more or less in its youth during Clinton’s administration, their aimlessness was harder to see. During George W. Bush’s administration, they didn’t want to oppose him since he was a Republican, and so again it wasn’t very noticeable.

But with Obama, it was stark and clear, though very confusing to look at. I kept asking myself “Why don’t these guys really nail Obama? Why do they keep dancing around the edges?” The answer is they are lost, like I mentioned above. That’s why they look like a bunch of half-balding old guys, intellectually speaking. They look like people whose prime has long since passed. The fact is they never had a prime to begin with – Reagan ended that when he won the Cold War.

So now we have a bunch of irrelevant kooks trying to be relevent in a world that has passed them by. That is why they’re always, embarrassingly, trying to get people fired up by talk about “liberty” over and over again, like it is self-evidently the purpose of life. Declaring “liberty” over and over again made sense when the left in America was doing the exact opposite, and was trying to stampede us into a top-down society. But nowadays it’s out of date because communism is dead.

And that, as a side note, is why they can never stop talking about Reagan and communism: they’re going back, in their minds, to a time when they were relevant.

Was Ronald Reagan a Good President?

Was Ronald Reagan a good president?

I’ll answer that in the following essay.

First, let me define what a good president is: he is a man that solves his nation’s problems at the time of his administration. We are too often inclined to measure presidents by our own problems. We can’t do this without being markedly unfair to these men. They can’t be expected to foresee and solve problems which in their era were much smaller.

So what were the main problems during Reagan’s administration? They were:

  • A bad economy
  • The Soviet Union
  • The decline of nationalism

The Economy:

When Reagan took office, inflation and joblessness were rampant. It was a terrible time to be a worker in America. It was also a terrible time to be an investor, since inflation was eating the value out of people’s money. The bad economy was also hurting government revenue, since a poor economy is a poor tax base. Economically, it seemed the US was sliding into oblivion.

By the end of his administration, the economy was cooking right along. Revenue was up for the same reason. People could get jobs more easily, keep them more assuredly, and optimism about the economy was high.

There were mistakes made that hurt the economy. For instance, Reagan did not end the free trade policies of past administrations, which allowed our trade deficit to grow. This hurt our economy, and allowed the continued erosion of our manufacturing base.

At bottom, Reagan’s administration was a good one economically. He made some bad choices, especially on free trade, but overall he got the economy rolling again.

The Soviet Union:

In 1981, the Soviet Union was marching across the globe. During the past decade they had overtaken us in many military spheres, especially in terms of strategic missiles. They had added multiple countries to the Soviet bloc of nations and were successfully intriguing in South America and the Caribbean.

NATO, on the other hand, was weak and disunited. Soviet efforts to weaken the organization had been going on for decades, and were bearing terrible fruit. Closet communists and socialists were in many positions of power, sending information and sympathy back to Moscow.

Britain was resisting the Soviet Union, of course. But there was little the island nation could do to oppose so vast a power. Only the United States was strong enough for such a task. And unfortunately we had been neglecting the task for years, and had fallen behind militarily. So when Reagan came into the presidency, he had little less than a disaster on his hands.

But he strengthened our relations with those who were willing among our allies to work with us. He reinforced the military and rebuilt its confidence in itself. He invigorated our national science establishment, which hadn’t been done since Kennedy and the Space Race. He reinforced American confidence by his own confidence. He made us believe we could win. And win we did.

Within half a decade of his administration’s end, the Soviet Union collapsed. The Red Threat disappeared from the globe, pushed over by Reagan. Defeating this soul-crushing tyranny is enough to guarantee him a place in history. Few presidents have done so much for the United States in the realm of foreign policy as Reagan.

Overall, he succeeded completely.

The Decline of Nationalism:

After the “disillusionment” of the 60s and 70s, American confidence had been shredded. Assailed day in and day out by the media, by academics, and by our surrender in Vietnam, our confidence in ourselves had been battered to bits. We didn’t believe in ourselves because we didn’t win anymore.

With the “disillusionment” of those two decades came daily assaults on nationalism. People were encouraged to think of themselves as individuals living in a vacuum, without responsibilities to their country or their fellow man. The military was scorned in many places. Veterans often didn’t advertise their service in order to avoid jeers and insults. It was a bad time.

Reagan worked a mild cultural revolution in America. By the end of his administration, veterans held their heads high, and nobody outside of college campuses dared insult them openly. They were treated with respect. It was no longer popular to criticize America. The vast masses of the public, who had been quietly patriotic for decades, finally felt safe to broadcast their patriotism since they had a friend in the White House. Over the course of Reagan’s administration, the poisonous forces of anti-nationalism receded and hid away. For the first time in years, they where the ones that kept their mouths shut about what they thought. Nationalism became popular and normal again. People felt safe broadcasting their love of country for all to see.

There were ways in which his nationalist revolution were limited. For instance, whilst military and intellectual nationalism were fostered, Reagan was not economically nationalistic, as noted above. Our economic policy was still globalist in nature. But he still re-nationalized our military and our thinking. In these crucial ways he was a great success. Because he won much more for nationalism than he lost, he deserves to be called a successful president for nationalism.

Conclusion:

For the reasons stated above, Reagan must be considered a good president. There were many issues that I didn’t address, but these were the main, pressing issues of his time. A president never gets to solve all of the problems he inherits. It is always a question of tackling the biggest problems first, and hoping that the next president can work on the ones farther down the list. That successive presidents usually fail to do so can’t be held against a particular president. He is only human after all, and must make do with the best arrangement he can get.