Narrated Voice:

“This Network, ABC (or who ever is the largest and most “trusted” television news network, and has the guts and common sense to issue such a statement), will no longer air the statements, insults or rebuttals of one Donald J. Trump, the Republican Presidential Nominee.  This media blackout will be until he apologizes to the Khan Family, veterans, women, Muslims, the disabled and Mexicans; fires the staff advising him to say such things; and starts talking about issues and not personalities.”

This hasn’t happened, but it should.

This is not about partisanship, sensationalism, showmanship, or giving advantage to an opposition candidate or party; but it is best explained in the phrase: “At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”.

“Joseph Nye Welch (October 22, 1890 – October 6, 1960) was the chief counsel for the United States Army while it was under investigation for Communist activities by Senator Joseph McCarthy’s Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, an investigation known as the Army–McCarthy hearings. His confrontation with McCarthy during the hearings, in which he famously asked McCarthy “At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” is seen as a turning point in the history of McCarthyism” (June 9, 1954)

Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy was a blowhard said to be running for the Republican Presidential Nomination in 1956.  His showmanship, arrogance, and nasty attitude made McCarthy tough on communism and somehow “presidential looking.”  Donnie Trump must have taken lessons from McCarthy (McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of subversion or treason without proper regard for evidence”—much like Trump talking about Obama being from Kenya or Clinton being a co-founder of ISIS).  Joe McCarthy started in February 1950 with his allegations of Communists in the State Department and it meant that people were aligned with the Soviet Union and China and the implication of treason also meant that the accused could be executed.  It was a very serious time and there was really no defense against such accusations for the four-year period McCarthy was in the spotlight.   Even if you had a friend that maybe had been listed on the rolls of a socialist leaning political party; well you were a potential “Communist.”  In the Republican Great Depression of 1929, socialism was a very popular antidote to the unbridled excesses of stock speculation that led us into the Depression.  Governor Huey Long from Louisiana was a leading Democratic Party “populist” candidate for president until he was assassinated (   He was labeled as a “socialist” (much like Bernie Sanders) and the label stuck and it ultimately led to his death.

So McCarthy went through his political career falsely accusing his opposition and future opponents of being Communists or being associated with professions that had unions, were the Lawyer’s Guild, were in Hollywood, or somehow presented themselves as easy targets.  It is rumored he got a copy of the California Democratic Party donor list of 100,000 names and used 60,000 of these to initiate investigations.  This strategy was to decimate the next Democratic nominee and to weaken Republican Richard M. Nixon whose California supporters included many crossovers from the defense and film industry.

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