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CAMPUS WATCH DEFINITION OF MCCARTHYISM

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Submitted by Mary Connelly (United States), Jan 10, 2008 at 11:00

I recommend the newly published Blacklisted by History by M. Stanton Evans. Campus Watch, probably a credible and noble organization, repeats all of the lies about Senator McCarthy that are, one by one, repudiated by facts and documents in this book.

The Freedom of Information Act, F. B. I. files, in spite of heavily redacted information, even after over 60 years, shed light on the history of infiltration into the American government of Communist and "fellow travelers."

The door was flung wide open to government employment of Communist by FDR in 1942. Influential advisors and bureaucrats rushed into the State Department, Treasury department, even into the Oval Office, as well as many other places controlling American influence and power. FDR declared that since Russia was our ally in war, the hiring standard must be changed. By the fall of 1943, investigators were forbidden to ask if someone were a member of front groups or other Red connections.

I am a 74 years old woman who has watched the unfolding of world events. Too young to really be tuned in to the post-WWII events, I always puzzled over America's dumping Chiang Kai-shek and allowing the Red army to take control of China. This book connects those dots.

After reading this book, I am convinced you will want to inform Campus Watch. In this age, perceptions have overtaken truth and given positions of respectability. Repetitions of lies about Senator McCarthy have made Campus Watch's definition of McCarthyism the one written in most, if not all, recorded history. It is time to set the record straight, and you could facilitate that.

I have a great deal of respect for you and your scholarly essays, Dr. Pipes. Recently, I have recommended the two books by Jonah Goldberg and M. Stanton Evans to friends. My curiosity about WWII and Cold War information was begun about four years ago with the biography Churchill A Life by Martin Gilbert.

Now, I am very curious to know if the declining health of FDR is responsible for his lapse in judgement. Maybe, the control of our government was in the grip of Harry Hopkins. The F. B. I. reported Hopkins considered the Soviet Union a peace loving democracy. Similarly, Woodrow Wilson, a Progressive president, was not able to steer the ship of state because of declining health. I don't know who, other than his wife, was in control of the presidency in his latter years.

Please forgive my digression from the point of my email. Maybe you would examine these additional points at some future time.

Sincerely,

Mary Connelly

Austin,TX

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