Thursday, January 24, 2008

Has America learned from its past? Modern-day "McCarthywasms"

As mentioned in my previous article, Fitz has likened same-sex marriage proponents to terrorists that we are currently fighting* in the war.

Among Fitz' quotes, present and past:
"I found the specter of a man who spends half his time fighting America’s enemies within & the other half fighting Americas enemies abroad to be truly inspirational!"

and

"I think I understand your point. Free speech is very American.

(I can catalogue for you the momentous violations of free speech that results from the acceptance of same-sex "marriage" a under GLBT "rights" generally)

My point was not to call you un-American because you exercise free speech.

My point: and this explanation, is to say; that advocating for same-sex "marriage" (as well as it implementation) puts American society at risk.

In that sense I stand by my characterization of advocates of same-sex "marriage" to be "enemies of America" inasmuch as ss"m" threatens the social fabric of...well....America."

and

"I’m glad you caught that On Lawn. Very informative conversation concerning the mindset of the far left.
I knew that my “enemy within” comment was a bit incendiary. It seemed a nice fit rhetorically given the substance of Mr. French’s advocacy along with his service in Iraq.

Its not a term I employ on a regular basis to describe our adversaries. However it is a term I think is accurate in describing the entire leftist gender warriors especially in our universities."

and

"...The better Question (is)

Question: IS Jane Know a Neo-Marxist??

Answer: Yes, How can you tell? Why she seriously quotes roundly discredited works like the 1950’s The Authoritarian Personality Theodor W. Adorno, Else Frenkel-Brunswik & other infamous Marxists of the Frankfort School.

This all makes perfect since off [sic] coarse [sic] – this would explain the hostility to traditional families (also a prime source of the “Authoritarian Personality”) and the “obsession” with feminism and queer theory- fields replete with Marxists and locked into Hegelian master slave dialectics.


I have never seen a soviet show trial of a dissident academic held on a blog before….

Nice Job!!!"

and

"...And what does she try to tar Cultulogist[sic] with?

Being an “authoritarian personality”..

She brought that up in this very post (extensively)
Unless your[sic] totaly[sic] ignorant of the origins of your own thought.

I say my red baiting stands on its own.


Thanks"

and

"An “accurate depiction” originated and propagated by Frankfurt school Marxists."

and

"All I’m saying is that my worldview is philosophically under girded by Christianity and western civilization norms.
While you and your movement owes much more to Marxist radicalism & subversion."


Yes, Fitzy is really a simple mind. Part of me pities him. But just a small part. You see, people like Fitz have the potential to be dangerous. He advocates against same-sex marriage, on the grounds that...well... what exactly ARE his grounds?

It's very difficult to sift through the "Well, you're a Marxist, feminist, radical, gender-warrior, etc." name-calling to decipher just what his arguments against same-sex marriage are in the first place.

You will note in past dealings with him through my archives and those of Opine that he merely expects those accusations to stand on their own feet. Perhaps Fitz is practicing a form of denialism? As discussed over in Fannie's Room, denialism is "the employment of rhetorical tactics to give the appearance of argument or legitimate debate, when in actuality there is none. These false arguments are used when one has few or no facts to support one's viewpoint against a scientific consensus or against overwhelming evidence to the contrary. They are effective in distracting from actual useful debate using emotionally appealing, but ultimately empty and illogical assertions."

Note the following quotes I was able to find that have been credited to Joe McCarthy:

"I have here in my hand a list of two hundred and five (people) that were known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping the policy of the State Department

and

"McCarthyism is Americanism with its sleeves rolled."

and

"Today we are engaged in a final, all-out battle between communistic atheism and Christianity."


Sound familiar? In fact, one could argue that nearly all of the Opiners have used nearly all of these tactics in their blog. As well as sites like LifeSite (fake experts and illogical assertions) and the AFA (homosexual conspiracy theories).

Is there an overlap between denialism and McCarthyist sympathizers? I would love to to delve into that idea one day.

But I digress. Fitz frequently uses McCarthyist tactics in his blog posts.

What is McCarthyism?

Merriam-Webster defines it as: "a mid-20th century political attitude characterized chiefly by opposition to elements held to be subversive and by the use of tactics involving personal attacks on individuals by means of widely publicized indiscriminate allegations especially on the basis of unsubstantiated charges."

In light of the McCarthy-esque tactics of Fitz at Opine Editorials, I have decided to approach them in the manner that proved to be successful in his era: exposing their tactics and calling them out. Fitz is the epitome of McCarthyism.

They at Opine have likened themselves to Watchmen on the Walls, blasted J.K. Rowling for making a gay character in the Harry Potter series, misused health and epidemiological statistics to oppose gay sex, and last but not least, have accused most of their female and/or educated opponents of being part of the vast left-wing, "gender-warrior conspiracy."

Fitz' constant use of demagoguery is evidence enough of his lack of any kind of rational argument.

On March 9, 1954, Journalist Edward R. Murrow attacked McCarthy's tactics in an episode of "See It Now." In this episode, Murrow stated this about McCarthy:

"His primary achievement has been in confusing the public mind, as between the internal and the external threats of Communism. We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men." [emphasis added]

So much so did McCarthy's tactics eventually sway public opinion against himself, that President Eisenhower began referring to his school of thought as "McCarthywasm."

As the public tide shifts towards mass acceptance of LGBT persons and legal recognition of same-sex couples, I am sure that we will soon be saying the same thing about the likes of our opponents. They are/were modern-day "McCarthywasms."

Note that I write this article not on the expectation that simply calling Fitz a "McCarthyist" will stand on its own to discredit him, but for readers to draw their own conclusions based on the evidence I have provided. This article is a comparison of tactics of two people, with quotes and evidence from their own writings. It is abundantly clear nearly every time Fitz engages in argumentation that he ends up resorting to this sort of demagoguery. If and when he is ready for any real debate on the topic of same-sex marriage, I am ready. If he would like to continue the name-calling, scare-tactics, conspiracy-theories, and the like, then he will likely get nowhere in his fight.

I'll leave Fitz and readers with this final quote:

"Men who have in the past done effective work exposing [Communists] in this country have, by reckless talk and questionable methods, made themselves the issue rather than the cause they believe in so deeply."--Richard Nixon, March 1954 (as instructed by President Dwight Eisenhower)

I wonder if Fitz will have any solid anti-SSM arguments once he realizes his McCarthyist accusations aren't worth their weight in деньги.



*An interesting and relevant article about the alleged "War On Terror" can be found here.

28 comments:

Fannie said...

Well done, Jane.

I had forgotten those archived Fitzisms.

I urge Fitz and the Opiners who use such tactics to do better. Because in the past, when I have exposed their "McCartywasm" tactics for what they were, it was to no avail.

Fitz continues with the jibes because he just doesn't get it.

Like the rest of his Opine companions, he is blind to the fallacies and dishonest tactics he uses.

Jane Know said...

I don't expect it will end from them. After all, what would they have left in their arguments?

John said...

Very good piece, Jane.

As a life-long resident of Salem, Massachusetts, I see daily reminders that their attitude goes back a lot further than the 1950s.

What is really scary is that in 1692, 1952 and today, there are many who do not really believe that witches, communists or GTLBI people are truly enemies of America, but play along for political advantage. That is what much of the modern GOP is doing.

Just as Thomas Putnam knew full well the "witches" were not his enemy, but accused them nonetheless, the modern political hate machine demonizes gay people to further their political careers.

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Fannie said...

And may we present Exhibit B: Paul Jamieson.


Case closed.

Jane Know said...

John,
Yeah you bring up a good point, and one that I should have mentioned before. The same way politicians will support platforms against their personal beliefs to win votes, groups like AFA recognize an advantage to playing up people's fear of "different." In that case, (I think) it is to make money...

On a side note, I didn't know until yesterday that "The Crucible" was written as a metaphor about McCarthyism. Interesting. I would love to venture to Salem one day.

John said...

"I didn't know until yesterday that "The Crucible" was written as a metaphor about McCarthyism."

Most people don't know that, and that's shame.

The Crucible (I played Giles Corey)is good enough in its own right, but it helps a lot to know what Mr. Miller had in mind.

Fannie said...

Good point John. Along those lines, I also think that many politicians are prviately not actually opposed to same-sex marriage- even though they publicly claim to be.


We need a strong, popular leader like Obama perhaps, to come out in support of the right of gay people to marry. Perhaps the masses would follow his lead in tolerance.

Jane Know said...

Kinda makes me want to read The Crucible again. I haven't since junior high.

Yeah, for once, I wish a popular leader had the balls to stand behind her convictions...

I loved Kucinich for that very reason. I wish more would follow his lead.

John said...

"We need a strong, popular leader like Obama perhaps, to come out in support of the right of gay people to marry. Perhaps the masses would follow his lead in tolerance."

I agree. Many people are just sitting back waiting for their leaders to tell them what to think.

I actually believe (and you are welcome to laugh at my naivete)that if Mike Huckabee up and said, "You know, I reread the bible and I was wrong", then half the Evangelicals would be on our side.

Jane Know said...

"I agree. Many people are just sitting back waiting for their leaders to tell them what to think."

Definitely.

Because politicians are so moral...America should definitely be following their example.

Fannie said...

Ha ha. I agree with what you said about Huckabee, John. I think it holds true for many of the anti-gay industry's leaders, in fact.

If a few of them would say "Oops, it looks like we really are picking and choosing Bible verses and unfairly scapegoating gay people for the decline of civilization," than yeah, the sheeple would follow....

Jane Know said...

Wait! I have an idea... why doesn't one of us become an undercover famous "evangelical?!" And once we have an entire flock of sheeple devoted to our moral teachings, we switch it on them and say it's okay to be gay!

John said...

I really wish that I could do just that, Jane.

Fannie said...

Oooh, good idea.


I also must note, that Fitz is now authoritatively quoting Dinesh D'Souza's hugely discredited book:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/12/AR2007011200082.html

Look for the money quote about how this book is "the worst book written on terrorism since 9-11."

Yet, not surprisingly, unquestioning Fitzy actually believes D'Souza's nonsensical claims.

Oh, this explains SO much.

Jane Know said...

I also saw where he whined about how a conservative columnist admonished social conservatives for being "obsessed with same-sex marriage." I may write an article about it, myself. It's pretty sad when fellow conservatives (to Fitz, not myself) think it's embarrassing that some of them are so intolerant.

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Fannie said...

Paul,

Even though this is not my blog, I urge you to do better than the name-calling that you limit your comments to.

Say something productive. Try to engage in actual dialogue or debate. Because as it stands, I see you coming here only to call your "opposition" names and to provoke fights.

Prove that you are worthy of having a voice here.

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Fannie said...

LOL

Keep "shouting me down" then, Paul. I'm sure you are convincing millions to join your side.

:-)

Fannie said...

And my challenge to you to say something worthwhile stands.

Thus far you have proven yourself incapable of anything other than infantile namecalling.

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Fannie said...

Nope, your namecalling doesn't hurt my feelings. It just serves no purpose to a meaningful dialogue.

My challenge to you to say something worthwhile stands.

Thus far you have proven yourself incapable of anything other than infantile namecalling.

I encourage you to do better.

Jane Know said...

Paul,
your silly tactics are not going to stop any of us. Just an FYI.

Keep trying if it makes you feel better, no skin off my ass. We'll use you as an example to everyone, the way Phags for Phelps uses them to expose hate and intolerance.

Keep the comments comin', friend.

Paul Jamieson said...
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Fannie said...

Stop playing stupid, Paul.

Jane deleted your comments here for the same reason they were deleted at Opine: you have thus far shown yourself incapable of doing anything other than namecalling, lying, or other non-productive irrelevant behavior.

I encourage you to do better.


But then again, we're just a buncha "dykes," right? What do we know.

:-)

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