After Senator Joseph McCarthy disgustingly branded anybody a communist agent who just happened to be a liberal or worked in the State Department, Americans promised: we’ll never do that again, either.
Yet, here we are. Another witch hunt. Another Joe McCarthy. This time in the person of Congressman Peter King – who, under the guise of national security, has launched hearings which are nothing but a wholesale attack on all Muslims.
Pete King doesn’t look like McCarthy, but he sure sounds like him: “Are you now, or have you ever been, a Muslim?” He claims 85% of American mosques are controlled by Islamic fundamentalists; and that American Muslims have refused to cooperate with law enforcement officials. Both of which are lies.
The truth is, both the hearings and the Chairman himself are a major embarrassment to the 112th Congress. It is profoundly un-American to scapegoat all members of any religion, as King is doing.
And King is a strange person to chair the hearings, since he’s one of Congress’s only open supporters of terrorism: a major supporter and fundraiser for the I.R.A.
King believes there are good terrorists and bad terrorists, depending on what part of the world you come from.
That’s my parting shot for today.