Sarah Palin & some other Republicans, namely Fox News reporters, are in the process of starting the Third Red Scare.
A “Red Scare” is a “witch hunt” wherein the rich and powerful, fearing that the poor and powerless are asking for more wealth and power in exchange for their labor, condemn and accuse and black list the working class for questioning war, asking for socialized medicine, or asking for better wages or lower prices, by calling them “fake America” or “Anti-America” or communists, or socialists, or spies, to scare them from speaking up, and preventing progress for the middle and lower classes.
Much as the methodology of the Third Red Scare is similar to the First Red Scare during World War I and the Second Red Scare after World War II, the causes are
A little history [from Wikipedia]:
The First Red Scare began during World War I in which the United States fought from 1917-1918. Tensions were further elevated during this time frame owing to a widespread campaign of violence by various groups inspired by the Bolshevik revolution in Russia and the ensuing Russian Civil War (1917-1923). Historian Levin B. Murray described the First Red Scare as “a nation-wide anti-radical hysteria provoked by a mounting fear and anxiety that a Bolshevik revolution in America was imminent–a revolution that would destroy property, church, home, marriage, civility, and the American way of life.”
A little more history [from Wikipedia]:
The Second Red Scare took place in the United States after World War II. It coincided with increased fears of espionage by Communists and heightened tension from Soviet oppression in Eastern Europe (beginning in 1946), the Berlin Blockade (1948–1949), Chinese Civil War (1949), and the Korean War (1950–1953). These fears spurred aggressive investigations and the red-baiting, blacklisting, jailing and deportation of people suspected of following communist or other left-wing ideology.
A little future history [from Mark Baland]:
The Third Red Scare, began after planes crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City on 9/11/2001. “Patriotic” Americans blindly and faithfully supported George W Bush in bombing Iraq to retaliate against Osama Bin Laden. Supposedly “unpatriotic” Americans point out that Osama was widely believed to be not in Iraq, but in Afghanistan. Bush’s detractors also noted that it was likely that George W. was attacking Iraq to finish what his father George Sr. failed to do in the fist Gulf War, which was to take out Saddam Hussein, whom the Republicans themselves trained, funded, armed, and put in power during the Cold War against The Soviet Union. The “unpatriotic” Americans also questioned why Vice President Cheney’s company Haliburton seemed to be running a corporate war where hired mercenaries killed people so that Cheney and others associated with Haliburton could make more money.
The Third Red Scare is intensifying during the 2008 presidential elections, where John McCain wants to stay in Iraq for 100 years and give multi-billion dollar tax breaks to oil companies that are posting record profits during the corporate war, and liberal Democrats would rather spend our money at home so people can keep their jobs and homes and fuel their cars and afford health care and invest in alternative energies to declare independence from terrorist nations and save the world’s environment. Conservative Republicans like Sarah Palin, to garner support from the party’s key demographic, small towns in the middle of the country, are claiming that people who don’t support corporate wars and instead care about the quality of life of the poor and middle classes are “anti” or “fake” Americans.
In the 1940s and 1950s, Senator Joseph McCarthy, and his “partner” Roy Cohn attacked real and supposed “communists” and “homosexuals” for their own political gain, but under the guise of protecting America, destroying lives and livelihoods and families by accusing many liberal people, mostly Hollywood producers, directors, writers, and actors, of being communists, and thus possibly spies for the Soviet Union, and of being homosexuals (although they were probably lovers).
Now, in the 2000s, Sarah Palin and FoxNews are out to discredit Democrats and other liberal or independent thinkers by making them out to be, in Palin’s own words, “anti” or “fake” America. Apparently, from Sarah’s point-of-view, people in small towns that support Republicans are the only “pro” or “real” Americans. I guess big city people (and small town liberals) are just too well educated and free thinking to be American.
All of this witch hunting to make poor and middle class workers into scapegoats for our problems is just to draw attention away from the fact that McCain/Palin and their bourgeoisie supporters want to continue to reduce wages and benefits, increase prices, and make wars, all to allow the ruling rich minority to escalate their obscene profits to ultra-obscene, all at the expense of the struggling working class proletariat.
It would seem to me, and I would assume to other thinking people, that according to Palin and FoxNews and the Republicans who follow them, that the framers of the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights were fake or anti American, since they believed in freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom or the press, and the right to question the actions of your government.
I’m calling the ruling class of corporate elitists and the conservative Republican mob that support them what they really are: greedy, hateful, fearful, lying, stealing, cheating hate/fear mongers.
I hope that if enough people respond to this Third Red Scare promptly, we can nip it in the bud, before it becomes the Second Civil War.