There are few people who I admire more than Glenn Beck. As a latter day Paul Revere he is alerting the American people to the to the real perils inherent in the Obama Administration’s drive to deliberately wreck the economy and impose a Marxist regime upon the United States.
But I can’t help but shiver every time he attacks the memory of the late Sen. Joe McCarthy, who suffered the same kind of abuse and worse from the Left as is Beck presently. And just as unfairly.
I knew Joe and was intimately familiar with him and his work – so much so that after his death his widow Jean chose me and my sometime co-author, the late Ralph de Toledano to write a definitive account of his career - an effort that failed because the only publisher willing to publish the book couldn’t offer us an advance sufficient to fund the research and travel required.
Beck should be aware that the extent of Soviet espionage and penetration of U.S. Institutions revealed in intercepted Soviet communications, makes clear that the remnants of the left wing anti-anti communist movement are very uncomfortable with the obvious conclusion that must be drawn from the revelation that many of those who liberals believed were victims of alleged McCarthyite smears were Soviet agents after all.
The left conveniently ignores the evidence and fails utterly to address the even more serious issue of Soviet penetration of American institutions—and the influence that the Soviets were able to exert over those institutions. For example, the presence of Alger Hiss at Roosevelt’s elbow at the Yalta conference where a dying FDR acceded to the surrender of Eastern Europe to Joseph Stalin. Hiss’s influence at Yalta was far deadlier than the secrets he fed to his GRU (Soviet Military Intelligence) handlers. And that was just one instance of the influence; he and other secret Soviet agents were able to exert over U.S. Policy.
Joe McCarthy, like all of us, was a flawed human being, as the late Bill Buckley noted, ceding the fact that on many occasions Joe simply was out of line. But the thrust of his campaign against Soviet stooges among us was right on target most of the time.
I refuse to simply close the books on the so-called McCarthy era because the excesses of the far-left against anti-communists were forerunners of the excesses of the liberals of the present day. They smeared their foes, lied about them, and created a whole slew of myths that remain current to this day.
Let’s start with the phrase McCarthyism—a slander the left simply loves to hang around the necks of anybody who happens to disagree with them and tries to counter their deadly influence over American life. Do any of those who throw the word around have the faintest idea of where that word was coined? Are they aware that it was hatched in the bowels of number 3, Dzherzinsky Square—headquarters of the KGB in Moscow? Or that it was first used in the columns of the communist newspaper, the Daily Worker before the left wing media and their liberal allies eagerly picked it up for use against anti-communists, thereby doing exactly what the Soviets expected them to do?
Then there’s the matter of the source of many of Joe’s accusations—accusations being proved by release of the so-called Venona Intercepts—of Soviet cable traffic whose code was broken back in the mid-forties and remained top secret for many years. These intercepted cables revealed that there were over 350 Americans spying for the Soviets, and enabled investigators to identify about half of them.
What is not widely known is that Joe McCarthy had access to the information contained in the top secret Venona intercepts—access given him by J. Edgar Hoover and others concerned with the extent of Soviet espionage and penetration—but he could not defend himself against charges of recklessly accusing people of being Soviet agents by revealing the source of his information without alerting the Soviets that some of their most important secrets were known to U.S. Intelligence.
We hear much about the plight of the so-called victims of McCarthyism—an alleged army of people unfairly targeted by the Wisconsin Senator. Gallons of tears are shed over Hollywood actors, writers and others working in films. The so-called blacklist that allegedly kept innocent people from working in Hollywood (despite the fact that their left-wing friends continued to use many of these identified members of the Soviet led American communist party—lately revealed as totally an instrument of the Soviet Union—while concealing their assistance).
There are a couple of things wrong with this story. First, these people were not what they are called today—victims of McCarthyism. Joe had nothing to do with the Hollywood hearings which cited the communist membership of those accused—they were solely the work of the House UnAmerican Activities Committee. And the so-called victims were members of the Soviet-dominated U.S. Communist party.
Secondly, the real blacklist was composed of anti-communists—famous and not so famous actors and directors who could not find work because of their anti-communist activities. People like Adolph Menjou, Ward Bond, Bruce Cabot—all members of John Wayne’s anti-communist Motion Picture Alliance. Wayne courageously stood up for these people—and you can see most of them in reruns of countless Wayne films. He used them over and over, keeping them working when often nobody else would hire them. They were the real victims of the real blacklist.
The viciousness directed at conservatives and anti-communists by the left during the ’40s and ’50s is displayed today against pro-lifers, religious conservatives, Glenn Beck and all others opposed to the socialist agenda that Barack Obama and his left-wing allies seek to impose on America. And the socialism that they espouse is every bit as coercive as the Soviet communist system with which they could find no wrong in the days of Joe McCarthy. Communism, after all, was described simply as “socialism in a hurry.”
The heirs of the people who could tolerate Stalin’s murderous regime which slew people by the millions are the people who find it easy to tolerate the horror of partial birth abortion—and the sale of the body parts of the tiny victims of this holocaust. And they employ the same smear tactics and lies against Beck and pro-lifers that their forerunners used against McCarthy, J. Edgar Hoover and their fellow anti-communists.
Moreover, the left today perpetuates their lies and myths. The smear tactics used by the Soviets to discredit J. Edgar Hoover by falsely charging that he was a cross-dressing sexual deviant are taken as fact by the media despite the fact that the charges—utterly unproven and absurd—originated in the KGB’s disinformation shop.
Glenn, you’ve become a major source of forgotten history and we are in your debt. Please inform yourself about the truth about Joe, cited above.
Phil Brennan is a veteran journalist. He is editor & publisher of Wednesday on the Web and was Washington columnist for National Review magazine in the 1960s. He also served as a staff aide for the House Republican Policy Committee and helped handle the Washington public relations operation for the Alaska Statehood Committee which won statehood for Alaska. He is also a trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Institute and a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers.
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