Editor: Trumpism looks to be nothing more than a 2018 version of the now-reviled and embarrassing McCarthyism of the 1950s, in which Senator McCarthy with neither common sense nor decency but with much contempt, preyed on Americans’ fears and paranoia for his own aggrandizement, until the show spectacularly collapsed, his large numbers of American supporters, realizing their folly, silently disappearing into the political night.
Prescott Bush, the father of George H.W. Bush, speaking in 1956 for Senatorial censure, used words sounding eerily prescient: “… [Senator McCarthy] has caused dangerous divisions among the American people because of his attitude, and the attitude he has encouraged among his followers, that there can be no honest difference of opinions with him… .”
Conservatives cannot escape history: we should stand together and bring to a close this damaging, vain, and reckless chapter in the American story by voting for Tim Kaine and Jennifer Wexton, both of whom are well within the bounds of ancient and dependable American political institutions, while their opponents are not.
Chris Stevenson. Purcellville