Liberals who still whine about “McCarthyism” either forget or don’t know that in many ways, Senator Joseph McCarthy was right. Decades later, declassified documents proved that there had been many Soviet agents loyal to the Communist Party, working in the U.S. government, Hollywood and elsewhere.
Predictably, a proposal by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is reviving these cries of “McCarthyism.” It’s likely, however that when they hear his plan, millions of other Americans will think of another phrase: “common sense.”
Breitbart.com reports on what Gingrich said on Tuesday, commenting on the Orlando terror atrocity:
“We can no more afford to have fanatic terrorists at home just because they’re American citizens, be allowed to run around, get organized and kill people, than we can afford to bring in thousands of unvetted and unverified Syrian refugees,” [he said.] “So I believe the president is profoundly, fundamentally wrong. I believe the Congress should create a commission on Islamic supremacism and terrorism in the United States. I think we should start looking at serious new laws.
Gingrich noted that he welcomes the “modern Muslim” who accepts the authority of “secular law” and the reality of “diversity,” but that adherents of Sharia law should be inadmissible to the United States.
“But, if you believe in sharia, and genuinely believe in it, if you think that gays and lesbians ought to be killed, if you think that Christians and Jews and Baha’i and others ought to either submit or be killed, we have a lot of disagreement,” Gingrich said. “If you want to support terrorist movements with money, with recruitment, with propaganda, then you’re our enemy. And the president doesn’t come to grips with this.”