Ralph Benko

Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-WI) trafficked in the culture of allegations of the ”un-American.” He was censured by the United Senate and died disgraced.

Now Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is engaging in misconduct comparably shameful: “redbaiting” those with red state values. He deserves censure for such misconduct. If the Democrats will not provide it, if the Republicans regain the majority in the U.S. Senate the censuring of Harry Reid deserves to be the first order of business next year.

Leader Reid has cast himself as the point man in a campaign by the left to vilify Charles and David Koch. As recently inventoried by The Washington Free Beacon, and as noted by The Washington Post, Reid has vilified the Koch name, at last count, 134 times.

This is not a random act by Reid.

This vilification appears orchestrated with a campaign of calumny against the Kochs now being prosecuted across the left. It is being pushed by such sinister figures as former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, by the increasingly petty and reactionary MoveOn.org, in The Nation, the Progressive, Nation of Change, and by other self-styled progressives showing themselves not averse to dabbling in totalitarian measures.

This campaign very much appears to be the left’s appropriating the 13th (and possibly most famous) Rule of Saul Alinsky (himself a noble foe both of injustice and totalitarianism). Alinsky:

The thirteenth rule: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. (Rules for Radicals, p. 130)

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Ralph Benko

Ralph Benko, author of The Websters’ Dictionary: How to use the Web to transform the world. He serves as an advisor to and editor of the Lehrman Institute's thegoldstandardnow.org and senior advisor to the American Principles Project.