America’s Enemies Within – Then and Now!

Just been watching Marathon Man, quite a good old movie, but I’d forgotten how the producers used it to hammer home the character assassination of the late Senator Joe McCarthy. Some ‘history professor’ tells a class that Tail-Gunner Joe ran a ‘tyrannical purge’ in the 1950s.



What utter hogwash, and of course not one of his students knew enough to refute the smear. Not that any such riposte would have been permitted in the film script.

But the episode made me think about terminology.

These days, people like Snowden and the Wikileaks creep are ubiquitously described as ‘whistle-blowers’  – for some reason, revealing top secret documents etc., some of which embarrass notables but many of which endanger Western security, is regarded as almost heroic.

In contrast, back when I was a wee lad in that golden age known as The Fifties, patriots in America who stood up and told the truth about treason were smeared as ‘informers.’

Elia Kazan: biggest rat of the pack | Film | The Guardian

His offence?

He’d exposed the communist scum in Hollywood, a hero, unlike vermin like Dalton Trumbo, who hid behind legal technicalities to avoid answering the simple question – was he a Communist. The vermins’ ideological heirs  in 2007 even turned out to stage a Comsymp demo, and debate raged.


     Joan Scott, a writer who was blacklisted along with her husband,
Adrian Scott, one of the Hollywood 10, said: "Like Judas, informers are
never forgiven. I had to go into hiding to avoid a subpoena. Being
blacklisted still affects me." 

     Kazan defenders were equally vociferous in support of the director. 
"Mr. Kazan was a moral hero," said Scott McConnell, a leader of the Ad Hoc
Committee for Naming Facts, organized by the Ayn Rand Institute.  "He was
a brave and courageous man, and the people who should apologize are the
Communists who wanted him to stay quiet about what he had witnessed." 
Kazan protest


Note that Scott bint- ‘hiding,‘ not to escape an angry mob, though she deserved it (and still does) but to avoid a subpoena – having to answer a straightfoward question, was she involved in an organisation serving Stalin! She calls Kazan a Judas, but she and her traitor comrades in The Party were the Judases, selling out America.

Same goes for Dalton Trumbo – a lot of the truth about that slimy Red has been censored from the mainstream media but Conservapedia does the job .

Trumbo was a member of the Communist Party of the USA (CPUSA) throughout the 1940s and ’50s. When fellow Communist screenwriter Albert Maltz published a defense of artistic freedom, arguing that literature should not be judged solely on the politics of its author, Trumbo participated in a Party inquisition, browbeating Maltz for his heresy until he publicly recanted.


A villainous enemy of the USA


According to University of Maryland Professor Art Eckstein, Maltz, who also later was brought before HUAC (and went to jail for refusing to testify), told historian Gerda Lerner “that his appearance before HUAC in 1947 was simply nothing compared to the real and psychologically-destructive trauma of his criticism/self-criticism sessions before the Communist Party in 1946.” Eckstein continues:

Dalton Trumbo was also part of the savage Communist Party inquisition against the director Robert Rossen in 1949, because of Rossen’s film, “All the King’s Men.” Party Headquarters in New York thought that his film was too much an attack on one-man rule–i.e., Stalin. The confrontation with his Hollywood inquisitors over the nature of his art drove Rossen right out of the CPUSA (“Take the Party and shove it!”).


communism tyranny


Long before the Blacklist, there was Hollywood’s Communist “Redlist.” In The Worker, Trumbo openly boasted that the comrades had prevented the production of Hollywood films based on books banned by Stalin, including classics such as Arthur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon and Victor Kravchenko’s I Chose Freedom.


 Ages ago I posted on Diana West’s book, and said I must get round to reading it. Now I’ve had these days of no particular place to go – so I’ve been turning this arguable misfortune to my advantage and catching up on books, that being one among several!

More Questions Than Answers? – Diana West’s “American Betrayal” 

 american betrayal   Ms. West takes us over some familiar ground – the rampant red subversion in the USA before and after WW2, and reminds us how so many of those Communist swine hid behind the Fifth Amendment when asked if they were or had been members of the CPUSA.

That plea was as clear as could be. Any decent citizen would have replied with an indignant NEVER!

Or, if they had previously been guilty of such treasonable allegiance and had since seen the light, they’d not only have owned up but volunteered to help all investigations into the Fifth Column  into whose service that Fifth Amendment had been pressed.

When patriotic citizens responded to the scum by ostracism or dismissal from jobs they didn’t deserve, what happened?The Reds were portrayed as victims, while in many a(if not every) case, the honourable men and women who lifted the stones off the Communist conspiracy were vilified and persecuted.






And it goes on to this day. Marxist malignants are honoured, while the memory of heroes like Senator Joe McCarthy are relentlessly trampled.


Diana-West-e Diana West 


There’s a perfectly good review here  so I’m not going to write another.