There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
If you are talking a complete take over of the US...they were not on the verge but they certainly did have many people in key places almost all the way up to the top, besides the previously mentioned Hiss and Rosenbergs, then there was Harry Dexter White, our main man at the extremely influential Bretton Woods Conference, the developer of the International Monetary Fund as well as the World Bank [ not insubstantial, extremely impactful ], many questions about Henry Wallace, FDR's VP prior to Truman, Lauchlin Currie,White House economic adviser to President Franklin Roosevelt, director of World Bank mission to Colombia, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Theodore Hall, Manhattan Project physicist who gave plutonium purification secrets to Soviet intelligence, Nathan Silvermaster, U.S. War Production Board economist and head of a major ring of spies in the U.S. government, Samuel Rodman, United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration and spy, Harold Glasser, U.S. Treasury Dept. economist, United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration spokesman, Laurence Duggan, Head of the South American desk US Department of State...
Those are just a few of the many that we now know of... the list is truly long and getting longer with more information obtained after the collapse of the former Soviet Union.
The fact that we had HUAC and McCarthy, just goes to show you it was not just some completely whacky group of far out conspiratorialists that should have been wearing tin foil caps who were thinking along these same lines...the fact of the matter was that Truman was sufficiently concerned with the potential of the problem that instituted loyalty oaths and background checks. He was apprehensive about Soviet subversive penetration and infiltration into the United States government by American citizens who held oaths of allegiance to a foreign power during war time. These US loyalty oaths and background investigations were on persons deemed suspect of holding party membership in organizations that advocated violent and anti-democratic programs...
While vilified by the left, the JBS was mainly for local discussion groups and issued pamphlets warning of the threat of communism. Almost all groups have made individually ill advised or imprudent statements at some time or other. Ike being one of my favorite presidents certainly gives one pause... but the facts were that the Communists had turned some pretty high ranking folks in our government, they were intent on infiltration, were trying to subvert and had made very major in roads... its undeniable except to those who enjoy denying something truthful that they just do not like...
Get there firstest with the mostest. Trust, but verify. When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
Why am I not surprised that Obama is everything evil to the left, evil to the center and evil to the right.
And congrats radioman.
You'll have to come on eastern time if you want to catch perotista.
Matt Schaub needs counseling.
I'm actually just as pleased with Seattle's loss.
Chi. Bears still solid after tough home loss.
Get 'em next week.
I'm a creature of habit...I see pero posting occasionally.
Unlike you, we're not night owls.
No matter how cynical I become toward politicians, it's never enough.
True on the night owl.
Pero has started his Senate blog and others are looking to work on the Governors, House and state legislatures.
I promise to do my part to keep 2014 alive after 2012 as 2010 was dead after 2008.
Collinsworth was talking 10-12 straight after your early 49er hiccups.
Are you watching Oakland late?
Raiders have a great crowd and I'm pulling for the A's.