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Senator Elroy Crackerbarrel

Senator Elroy Crackerbarrel of South Carolina held the floor. Although few of his colleagues respected him, they all feared the powerful, bombastic and often erratic senator.

"The Justice Department is infested with card carrying members of the ACLU. I have here in my hand a list of 205—a list of names that were made known to the Attorney General as being members of the American Civil Liberties Union and who nevertheless are still working and shaping policy in the Justice Department."

A perplexed look appeared on the face of the Vice President. He thought, “Wasn’t it logical that an Attorney in the Justice Department would hold membership in an organization whose purpose was to defend the Bill of Rights?” He wondered why Senator Mensa of Massachusetts didn’t question the Senator from the South. “Could the powerful Liberal icon fear this man?”

Senator Crackerbarrel announced that he would form a subcommittee to investigate the influence that the ACLU has at the Justice Department.

"The fate of the world rests with the clash between the atheism of ACLU and the Christian spirit throughout other parts of the world."

After the session few Senators spoke out, a notable exception was Senator Logic of New Jersey.

“Senator Crackerbarrel’s zeal to uncover proponents of Civil Liberties will lead to disturbing excesses. His browbeating tactics can destroy careers of people who were not involved in the infiltration of our government. His freewheeling style will caused both the Senate and the Subcommittee to revise the rules governing future investigations, and may prompt the courts to act to protect the Constitutional rights of witnesses at Congressional hearings. These hearings revive a part of our national past that we can neither afford to forget nor permit to reoccur.”

How far can Senator Crackerbarrel’s hearings go? Will it lead to the White House? He has already stated that “I want to know what ACLU members the President knows.”


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 11th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
A replay of the McCarthy hearings??? I guess I've been busy; is this from Karl Rove's appearance yesterday or just a general comment on the idiocy of this attitude?
Dec. 11th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
There's a tone of "guilt by association," coming from the right. It's Fox News, it's the representative from Minnesota, it's Rove. I don't think it will ever become McCarthyism again, but maybe.
Dec. 11th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
I remember when they slammed Dukakis for being a "card-carrying member of the ACLU."

I couldn't believe he wouldn't say, "Yes, and proud of it. It is a good thing."

The right slanders but the left allows it, by not defending what they do and saying you should want someone who is a member of the American Civil Liberties Union as your leader. I don't get it. The right does it because it works. This is when I think we have the leadership we deserve because if we allow it, then, we are involved too. Ack!!

The reason we have Barack Obama as president-elect is because he immediately responds, goes on the attack. Hooray for that!! May we see a return to sanity, logic and critical thinking skills! What a concept! A democracy cannot function without a thinking populace. May it not be too late!
Dec. 11th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
I think that the right's tactics are tantamount to McCarthyism. Thankfully there haven't been as many lemmings as there were in the fifties.

I tried to go funny with this, but I couldn't. The topic I find too disturbing.
Dec. 11th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
I agree with you. There is nothing funny about it. It is very disturbing. Yes, maybe the modern, internet-connected world will make McCarthyism less possible. I certainly pray that this is so. It is frightening stuff as any one of us can be the target group at any time. I am hoping that is the part that wakes people up.

Have you seen Pete Seeger's The Power of Song? I highly recommend it.
Dec. 11th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
No I haven't. I'll look for it. I learned to appreciate Pete Seeger through the late Harry Chapin. Chapin may have been the last of the folkies.
Dec. 11th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
You'll love it!!
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Dec. 11th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
I want to know how many ACLU members you know. I want to know what meeting you attends.

Oops wait a minute, I carry the card too. I wouldn't leave home without it.
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Dec. 11th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
You should write in politicsforum. You'd have a ball ripping apart the reactionary morons.
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