I include a few examples in BETTER OFF WITHOUT ’EM, but the batshit du jour from the southern GOP is a fresh case in point.
Recalling the good times paranoia of Joe McCarthy, Florida U.S. Representative Allen West is claiming the U.S. government and opposition party are crawling with commmies.
At a public event last night, West responded to a question about Marxists in the American legislature by saying, “I believe there is about 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party that are members of the Communist Party.”
West isn’t an isolated ghost hunter.
Imaginary communist subversion was a running theme of a startling number of conversations I had in the South during book research.
Do you know about the million-strong Chinese army currently sitting on a Caribbean island awaiting the signal to invade the United States? As I found out in Alabama, there are plenty among the trailer park gentry and possum patriot set who will swear to you it’s true.