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HUAC (1938-1956) was a Democratic Party orgy from start to finish.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 10th, 2017 at 11:18:55 PM EST
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I will agree that it was a running despicable bipartisan debacle and that it was created in 1938 when Democrats owned Washington. The concept embodied in its name is, itself, repugnant. The fact that The Solid South was Democratic then was doubtless another contributing factor to the unsavory tone that the Committee so often displayed. But control of the committee was determined by who controlled the House and the most outstanding and outrageous excesses occurred when Republicans controlled the House. One of these was the whole Alger Hiss affair, when the Committee was chaired by John Parnell, R, Penn. Richard Nixon was another prominent member while he was in the House of Representatives. As to Parnell:
(He was) elected as a Republican to the Seventy-fifth and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1937, until his resignation January 2, 1950, following conviction on charges of salary fraud; chairman, Committee on Un-American Activities (Eightieth Congress); editor and publisher of three weekly newspapers in Bergen County, N.J., 1951-1955; real estate solicitor in 1955 and 1956...


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Nov 11th, 2017 at 05:33:21 PM EST
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"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Nov 11th, 2017 at 05:36:02 PM EST
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Fair enough. HUAC controlling membership did acquire in '56 some semblance of bipartisan interests.

I was hoping you'd flag plays in the SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE on Internal Security in the period, beginning 1951.

The chairman of the subcommittee in the 82nd United States Congress was Patrick McCarran of Nevada. William Jenner of Indiana took over during the 83rd United States Congress after the Republicans gained control of the Senate in the 1952 election. When the Democrats regained control in the 84th Congress (1955-1957), James O. Eastland of Mississippi became chairman, a position he held until the subcommittee was abolished in 1977.

McCarthy chaired this subcommittee only '53-'54. HISS, a Democrat, was indicted by HUAC in '48, however, while the Democratic Party controlled the House. (Incidentally, exonerating non-fiction is trending these days that disputes FBI paid-informant CHAMBERS testimony.)

You would have noticed in the wikipedia reference (above) conforming name change of HUAC (1969), signifying one may argue, success of House activities in suppressing and appeasing domestic threats to the Democratic Party vanguard in the southern states such as "communist-front" civil rights agitation, ergo re-allocation of resources to the war effort as well as birth of the RNC "Southern Strategy".

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Nov 11th, 2017 at 07:31:05 PM EST
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Speaking of celebrities buried in Democratic Party de basement of intrigues, let's not forget the campaign to impugn Henry Wallace, Democratic Party communist sympathizer --Sec of Ag, Vice-President, later Progressive Party nominee-- from the run up to WWII through Truman's contested administrations.

I enjoy Schlesinger's narration of it best.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Nov 11th, 2017 at 07:57:18 PM EST
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I thought of it though. But I was working from my laptop and the wireless keyboard isn't working. I always slip a finger and create disaster on the laptop's keyboard, so I try to keep things brief. The biggest political disaster for the US was the replacement of Wallace with Truman. FDR really wanted an accommodation with the Soviet Union. What began at Yalta was smothered in the crib by more conservative and militarist Democrats. It is a stain on FDR's legacy.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Nov 12th, 2017 at 03:43:37 PM EST
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keyboards ... I do believe a few dinner morsels are interred beneath my laptop's keys.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Nov 12th, 2017 at 08:21:20 PM EST
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Agreed.  Wallace had his issues, but the treatment he has received is nothing short of defamation.  Cat's link is to an article by Conrad Black, convicted fraud and former owner of the Telecrap, so finding him defaming basically defaming everyone to the left of Genghis Khan in the pages of the National Re-spew (which William B. Fuckley frankly founded to provide his segregationist buddies from Yale a media outlet) is no surprise.  As for Schlesinger, he was a zealot of the Best and the Brightest dogma, and part of his credo was that only Ivy and near-Ivy should be allowed near the levers of power and that the closest some shit-kicker from Iowa should get to those levers was as, perhaps, the president's bedpan jockey.
by rifek on Sun Nov 12th, 2017 at 09:13:49 PM EST
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Come on now, I'm thinking of Shlesinger's two volumes on the "New Deal" in which his admiration for Wallace in each of his capacities is actually unstinting. His account of the Lend-Lease policy, the various figures (e.g. Hopkins vs. Wilkie!) trapped between FDR's equivocal alliance with the Soviets and yellow sheet "investigations" of mystical influences, as well as DNC convention gears is sympathetic.

Unlike the New Republic: which just goes to demonstrate how robust "communist-front" smears are.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Nov 13th, 2017 at 12:02:53 AM EST
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