You hear a lot about southerners wanting to re-fight the Civil War. What you don’t hear is that far more of them want to re-fight the wars of the 1950s and ’60s.

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.”

Here’s a Washington Post link to the story.

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.