The Revised Red Menace

The Revised Red Menace

It’s funny how words and even colors can change their meaning. For example, “liberal” used to refer to a desire for more openness and individual liberty. Now it means the opposite: political correctness and Big Government authoritarianism. In the context of politics, the color red has also been forced into a 180° reversal. It used to represent a totalitarian leftist ideology that has killed over 100 million people living under it and has enslaved hundreds of millions more. But after red began to remind people of the blood spilled by communists, image-conscious leftists wanted to be dissociated from it. This is why the media began creating maps that use red to represent Republicans during the 2000 election.

The maps have other uses. The libs at the History Channel have a page spinning the Cold War so that the totalitarians who wanted to impose universal slavery and who threatened us with nuclear annihilation are not as scary as Republicans like the cartoonishly demonized Joe McCarthy, who sounded the alarm on their infiltration of our government:

As the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States intensified in the late 1940s and early 1950s, hysteria over the perceived threat posed by Communists in the U.S. became known as the Red Scare. (Communists were often referred to as “Reds” for their allegiance to the red Soviet flag.) The Red Scare led to a range of actions that had a profound and enduring effect on U.S. government and society. Federal employees were analyzed to determine whether they were sufficiently loyal to the government, and the House Un-American Activities Committee, as well as U.S. Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, investigated allegations of subversive elements in the government and the Hollywood film industry. The climate of fear and repression linked to the Red Scare finally began to ease by the late 1950s.

If you want to learn about 20th century fear and repression, forget the moonbat crapola at the History Channel; read Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago.

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Check out the oversized graphic atop this particular attempt at historical revisionism by the History Channel:


Look familiar? It’s a 2004 presidential map, colored by county. The “Red Menace” as viewed by the liberal establishment is Republicans.

On tips from J. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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