I have a vivid personal memory of my father banging his fist on the kitchen table, angered because of the way numerous politicians and media pundits were trashing Senator Joseph McCarthy. “I know he’s right and these characters are covering up for their communist friends,” said my dad.
One thing about politicians and even pundits: all their stands are courageous, if they do say so themselves. Mitt Romney, during his ill fated presidential campaign, ran an ad in which he (or rather the narrator) said that while it may be politically incorrect to say so, Mitt Romney believes in a strong America.
People should understand the lethal danger of allowing themselves to be disarmed and therefore at the mercy of the lawless — whether the criminals are thugs prowling the streets or despots haunting the halls of government.
This understanding came to me at great personal cost, and I hope that good people across our nation can learn this lesson in a less painful way.
Many Americans still scoff at the idea of a conspiratorial interpretation of ongoing events. The Shadows of Power by James Perloff demonstrates that they scoff at their own peril.