House Un-American Activities Committee
The House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) was created in 1938 to investigate alleged disloyalty and subversive activities on the part of private citizens, public employees, and those organizations suspected of having Communist ties. Reorganized from its previous incarnations as the Fish Committee and the McCormack-Dickstein Committee and with a new chairman, the cantankerous Martin Dies of Texas, HUAC’s strident attacks on the Roosevelt administration prior to the outbreak of the war did not suit the political mood of a nation that was largely in favor of FDR’s leadership. All that changed, however, in the postwar atmosphere of fear and contempt for the Soviet Union, at which time HUAC’s activities commanded broad popular support and consistently attracted major headlines.
Through its power to subpoena witness and hold people in contempt of Congress, HUAC often pressured witnesses to surrender names and other information that could lead to the apprehension of Communists and Communist sympathizers. Committee members often branded witnesses as “red” if they refused to comply or hesitated in answering committee questions. In perhaps its most famous investigation, HUAC-member Richard Nixon, after weeks of dramatic hearings, was, at the final hour, able to reveal that Alger Hiss, a former State Department official, had lied to them about having “ever been a Communist.” More importantly, however, the questioning style and examination techniques employed by HUAC served as the model upon which Senator Joseph McCarthy would conduct his investigative hearings in the early 1950s. Following Senator McCarthy’s censure, however, and his subsequent departure from the Senate, the American public grew increasingly wary of the “redbaiting” techniques employed by HUAC and others. The work of the committee continued to decline in importance throughout the late 1950s and early 1960s until the committee itself was renamed the House Internal Security Committee in 1969, prefiguring its eventual abolition in 1975.
Buhle, Mari Jo, Paul Buhle, and Dan Georgakas, eds. Encyclopedia of the American Left. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1997, 334-336.
Morris, Richard B. Encyclopedia of American History . 6th ed. New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1982, 424, 453.
Love it or Hate It (HUAC), the United States of America is being co-opted by Communists and Socialists within our government, states, counties and cities. They figure their time is “Now” to push for their utopia agenda.
The ONE thing they fail to realize is: Communism/Socialism ONLY works until you run out of OTHER PEOPLE’s MONEY.
An excellent example: Detroit, Michigan.
Detroit, once known as “the great arsenal of democracy,” has made headlines of late for its notorious fall from grace. The “Big Three” automakers are no longer the biggest, falling behind their overseas rivals, and the Michigan economy lost 450,000 manufacturing jobs over the past 10 years all while Detroit lost population. And while the Motor City suffers unemployment from a decimated automotive industry, it suffers crime, high taxes, poor city services, plummeting home values, and a public education system in shambles with a $327 million budget deficit and a 19 percent dropout rate. Is it any wonder people are leaving in droves?Socialism, union dominance, entitlement = Detroit today. Detroit is a demonstration of state before the people. Passing this off as the result of a housing and monetary collapse masks the real problem that dates back to the era of union dominance and federal experiments in state housing projects.
For the record, Detroit has been under liberal leadership for decades. And the city’s big problem today is that its road forward is blocked by the very same political machine that helped deliver it to its state of ruin. Case in point: the state’s powerful teachers unions. In 2003, a philanthropist pledged $200 million for the creation of 15 charter schools in the city. Despite the city’s tragic public school system, the plan failed and the offer was withdrawn following protests by the Detroit Federation of Teachers. Little has changed, eight years later. A state-appointed emergency financial manager has proposed sweeping changes to the city’s public school system, including a plan to convert 41 of the city’s schools to charter schools.
Guess who’s opposed to the reforms? That very same union.
The newly elected governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder (R), is finding opposition to his efforts at reform, as well. Following eight years of Democrat Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s rule, Gov. Snyder has embarked on efforts to change the way the state does business, including tax reform, spending cuts and empowering emergency financial managers to tackle problems in cities and schools. Who’s opposed to his reforms? Unions, once again, in Wisconsin-style protests. William McGurn of The Wall Street Journal writes:
Michigan today is not a struggling state like California or New Jersey or even Wisconsin. It is a basket case, with worse to come if things do not change quickly—especially in the relation of the public to the private sector.
“Many of the protesters seem to think the war is between rich and poor,” says Michael LaFaive, director of the Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative at the Michigan-based Mackinac Center. “But the real class war today is between government and the people who pay for it. And the government’s been winning.”
And the problems that plague Michigan and Detroit are the problems with liberal policies. The promise doesn’t live up to the results. The Washington Examiner’s Michael Barone writes: “When people ask me why I moved from being a liberal to being a conservative, my single-word answer is Detroit. The liberal policies which I hoped would make Detroit something like heaven have made it instead something more like hell.”
And now, after living in that liberal nightmare, Detroiters have voted with their feet in record number.
Communism/Socialism/Radicalism vs. Capitalism
Collective Bargaining: FDR against it for government employees
‘WE ARE ONE’ LABOR RALLY WARNS GOP: ‘THOUSANDS OF DEAD BODIES’
Monday in Boston, on the steps of the GOP headquarters, the folks from ‘We Are One’ held a little rally promoting their agenda. (Did you forget that April 4th was the kick off of the We Are One ‘Solidarity Days of Action?’)
We are obliged to state the obvious. . . If this had been recorded at a Tea Party Rally it would be headline news for days and the focus of endless ridicule from the Left. Congressional hearings would be held to probe the reason that 1000s of dead bodies lay strewn in the wake of the ‘violent Tea Party revolt.’ But it did not happen at a Tea Party event, this was from All For One, a group with direct ties to the AFL-CIO and their community organizing arm known as Working America.
“The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors. They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood. It will bring a mark of everlasting infamy on the present generation – enlightened as it is – if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of designing men.”