The Return of the Red Scare

The United States has a long history of fearing the reds. From 1919 to 1920 there was a fear that the Bolsheviks would do to the United States what they did to Russia. McCarthy was absolutely convinced that communists had infiltrated the United States government and lead the second red scare from 1947 to 1957 (he turned out to be right). It seems that Michelle Bachmann is following in the tracks of her predecessors and trying to stir up fear of another group, muslims:

The flap began after Bachmann and Republican colleagues Arizona Rep. Trent Franks, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, Florida Rep. Tom Rooney and Georgia Rep. Lynn Westmoreland sent letters to several inspector generals in the State Department, Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice and the Office of National Intelligence as to whether the Muslim Brotherhood could be infiltrating the U.S. government. The letters quickly attracted attention with one specifically mentioning the State Department’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin, a long-time Hillary Clinton aide, by name.

Bachmann’s letter says “Huma Abedin has three family members — her late father, her mother and her brother-conected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives or organizations.

Statism is a funny beast because it attracts everybody who wants to force their beliefs onto others. Communists managed to infiltrate the United States government in the hopes of forcing communism on the populace. Bachmann has used the state in an attempt to force his zealous Christian beliefs onto the population and I wouldn’t be surprised if there are muslims doing the same thing with their religion.

It amuses me to see so many people fight one another to gain control of the state apparatus.