The Ghost of Joseph McCarthy

by Michael Stearns Suskind
June 18, 2006

Are you now, or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party? 

This is the question that I heard as a litany in my childhood.  One by one I watched people of great integrity being nailed on this and other questions.  They were given a choice, to out their friends, or lose their ability to live and work in the United States.

Lindsey Beyerstein of Majikthise agrees with Steven Spruiell of Nat.Review.Online that outing a prominent anonymous blogger was newsworthy.  She says, "I'm sorry that Armando of Daily Kos got outed, but there was a real story there: Wal-Mart lawyer front pager at major liberal blog." However, Beyerstein notes that malicious outing is not cool:  "Some bloggers, like T of M-C, have been outed for purely frivolous malicious reasons. Piss off the wrong person and put your career in jeopardy."

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Gay Marriage is Constitutional

The Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution defends gay marriage, not because the Constitution defends lifestyles (whether homosexuality is genetic or not) but because it prohibits arbitrary gender discrimination.

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What is America? Place or Idea?

I am puzzled.  

I am puzzled that people I know, who seem otherwise well informed and reasonable don't see what I see when I look at Iraq, when I look at George W. Bush, when I look at the state of the United States, its government, and its role in the world.

It's not education, because many of them are as well educated as I.  It's not age, or region, or religion (although all those are contributing factors.)

I am circling in on the idea that where we part company, ultimately, is in our view of the United States.  They see it as a place, and I see it as an idea.

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You guys rated your elected representatives using . Now, here is the First EVER "Abominable List" for June 6, 2006.

What is the "Abominable List, Kim?

RateMyRep participants are asked to evaluate their elected officials using a sliding scale on how well their elected official compares to the House Ethics Code of Conduct for Government Service, which can be found at... .html

One of the items in this Code is,

"Put loyalty to the highest moral principals and to country above loyalty to Government persons, party, or department."

Available options for Ratings were (decending from best to worst),

Excellent, Really Good, OK, Adequate, Terrible, and.... you guessed it! ABOMINABLE.

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Book Review/Essay: How Would A Patriot Act

The NSA eavesdropping scandal, at its core, is not an eavesdropping scandal. It is a lawbreaking scandal, and it is unlike anything this country has confronted before.
--Glenn Greenwald, How Would A Patriot Act? Defending American Values From A President Run Amok

Cross-posted From My Left Wing

Monday is the publication date for How Would A Patriot Act? Defending American Values From A President Run Amok.  I've written a review for Random Lengths News, due to run in our next issue. But here I offer something different, written with this particular audience in mind, an extended review, with lots of quotes to tantalize, and more opinions than I normally offer in a review. All you have to do is... JUMP!

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