Perhaps this is good, or, perhaps bad, or perhaps the only difference between what is good or what is bad, is who it benefits the most.
For as with bias, perhaps most of us are biased in one prospective or another. My particular bias is from past experience. That is to stay out of Austria and am not particularly fond of Bavarians of München, the ladies are very fair, the beer taste good, the food is very tasty, once discovered a north person such as my self, the friendship is very cold.
Would Joseph Raymond McCarthy (November 14, 1908 – May 2, 1957) be pleased with the present day climate in the USA, Kai, or was het of a different kind of Republican fabric?
"McCarthyism", today, stands for demagogic, reckless, and unsubstantiated accusations, as well as public attacks on the character or patriotism of political opponents.
I am old enough to remember McCarthyism as a young child and the family discussions during that time. I wonder what my parents among all the others would have to say today if they saw the America of today.
One of the arguments popular at that time was "there is no need for an innocent person to take the 5th Amendment, so if anyone keeps silent under the protection of the 5th Amendment, they must be guilty."
I do believe rights do not exist if you do not exercise them, and this is one specific case.
For McCarthy, I believe he would be quite at home in today's America. Quite happy that his method of making accusations and providing no back up would be so widespread, and that the people following his example - Trump specifically - would have such a strong following in the population. He would, of course, bemoan the large number of Americans resisting this atmosphere.
The problem is that today we do not have a public to back up the question:
Joseph N. Welch, a soft-spoken lawyer with an incisive wit and intelligence, represented the Army. During the course of weeks of hearings, Welch blunted every one of McCarthy’s charges. The senator, in turn, became increasingly enraged, bellowing “point of order, point of order,” screaming at witnesses, and declaring that one highly decorated general was a “disgrace” to his uniform. On June 9, 1954, McCarthy again became agitated at Welch’s steady destruction of each of his arguments and witnesses.
In response, McCarthy charged that Frederick G. Fisher, a young associate in Welch’s law firm, had been a long-time member of an organization that was a “legal arm of the Communist Party.” Welch was stunned. As he struggled to maintain his composure, he looked at McCarthy and declared, “Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness.” It was then McCarthy’s turn to be stunned into silence, as Welch asked, “Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last?” The audience of citizens and newspaper and television reporters burst into wild applause.