NOTE: POLITICAL RANT TO FOLLOW. READERS CONSIDER YOURSELF WARNED ;)
I finally saw this fantastic film about Edward Murrow and the risks he took to speak out against McCarthy in a time when only hearsay and rumors could land you in prison. No hearing was neccessary, no chance to defend yourself, only connections to the wrong people, or speaking out against the wrong people. In fact, the early 1950s were a time when if you spoke out against certain people, you were automatically labeled anti-American and your patriotism was questioned. It was a time when a small group of individuals had were able to intimidate the entire nation by fear and paranoia, a small group of people who had the world thinking that the only way to be a "Good American" was to agree with them. You could lose your job, your friends, your family, your reputation because someone else said you were a risk. Without proof, without cause, just because a person with power said so.
Sound familiar? Back then, it was only a junior senator from Wisconsin who was leading the witch hunt. The President stepped in and put a stop to it. Who will help us now?
I don't often talk about politics. Not because I don't think about them, not because I don't have convictions, but mostly because I'm afraid to take the lid off the boiling pot. I feel very strongly about our leadership in this country, and I don't agree with the vast majority of what is happening. I feel helpless, and without chance to change things. I'm amazed at how many situations have occured in our nation lately, and the people responsible don't seem to really be held responsible for it.
President Clinton was impeached because he lied about an affair. And while having an affair is no way for a married man and the President of United States to act, it also (IMHO) is not a reason to be questioned for or impeached over.
Our current leader has taken us into a war under false pretenses (at the best), even lied outright to us about his intent of war. And that is the tip of the iceberg in my opinion. There are countless other situations that I'm too lazy to list, but always seem to end with it "not being his fault", which somehow puzzles me when the buck doesn't stop anywhere else.
I hate the fact that as an Christian, not only might I be thought of as "anti-American" for these thoughts, but also have my faith questioned as well.
When did we start letting other people think for us? When did it become okay to just follow blindly?
Well, I've tried that route before in my life, and you know what? It sucks. God blessed me with a pretty sharp mind, an inquisitive mind, a questioning mind. He also gave me the ability to see many angles, but still have a strong sense of Right and Wrong.
I see a lot of similarities between the McCarthy age and now. I'm having a really hard time seeing much Right in all of it though.