Joseph McCarthy - Terrible Human Being

There’s plenty of stuff that liberals in the US will have to deal with tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow – I don’t think I need to mention it right now. Instead, I’ll point out that progressives across the United States now have to worry about the long buried past returning to haunt them. Joseph McCarthy, the closest thing the Senate has ever had to a sitting super villain, is going to be vindicated in the eyes of American history textbooks.

A powerful conservative bloc on the Texas State Board of Education has transformed the requirements for high school history books in Texas, and, by practical extension, throughout the U.S. Among the most galling changes is a clause proposed by board member Don McLeroy requiring that kids be taught that “the later release of the Venona Papers confirmed suspicions of communist infiltration in U.S. government.” We would like to take this moment to congratulate Mr. McLeroy on having apparently read an Anne Coulter book, which is akin to actual reading, inasmuch as smearing your own feces all over a bathroom is akin to creating art.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, the signifigance of the Venona papers has been subject to much debate among historians, but has been latched onto by some of the dumber, meaner, conservatives  of our age as making McCarthy an American hero rather than a monster who ruined hundreds of lives in the bald pursuit of political gain and died in disgrace. Rehabilitating McCarthy on the basis of the Venona papers, which have never proven a single allegation made by McCarthy, is a process not unlike making an America hero of Cotton Mather because one of the dozens of people whose deaths he was responsible for might have known someone who had mentioned the word ‘witch’ at some point.

And as mentioned earlier, this isn’t just bad news for the Lone Star State. To save on printing costs, text book publishers tailor their academic requirements to the two largest markets – Texas and California, which means there’s a 50/50 chance that your kid will get the Patriotic Joe McCarthy version of history, marking the latest American tragedy to come out of the Texas School Book Depository.

So remember, parents – if you don’t talk to your kids about Joseph McCarthy, someone else will.

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