Student argues the dangers of McCarthyism in the post-truth era

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By Matthew Prosper Columnist Back in high school, when learning about McCarthyism and the Red Scare, every history teacher stressed that this method of subduing political opponents should never be used again, as it caused fear, distrust, and general instability in America. The year is now 2017, a year riddled with anti-conservative rhetoric about not repeating the mistakes of the past, when the Democrats have done just that. There exists no concrete evidence of Russian involvement in the 2016. None. What does exist is a litany of rumors, lies, and plain made-up stories circulating the nation, causing mistrust of our election process and agitating our most dangerous adversary. The Trump Administration has time and time again denied any collusion with Russian forces, as have Russian politicians. Just as many on the right used nearly non-existent evidence for widespread voter fraud to generate distrust of the left, the same is being done by the left to create distrust of the current administration. For the sake of argument, let us say that there was Russian involvement in the 2016 election. Who would be to blame? Donald Trump, partly, of course. If it is able to be proven that there was involvement by the Russians with Trump’s knowing, he should absolutely be held accountable for that. That being said, it is not the responsibility of the candidate to make sure that the integrity of the American election process remains intact. That responsibility is left to the incumbent administration, which was, at the time, the Obama Administration. It is easy for the Democrats to hurl unfounded accusations at the right while refusing any responsibility of their own. The cybersecurity of the Obama Administration was weak. Tom Kellerman, a member of the Center for Strategic & International Studies Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency awarded the administration with a C+, a not so dazzling grade. C’s may get degrees, but they will not protect us from the foreign power with the largest nuclear stockpile in the world, and those are only the warheads that are not being hidden by the Russian government. McCarthyism in the post-truth era is a dangerous thing. With the ambiguity of truth in news at an alarming high, it is now easier than ever to be lied to and taken advantage of without the support of evidence, especially when the president of the most powerful nation of the world is on board. For the United States to move forward and develop as a united nation, both sides need to take responsibility for their actions. Playing the blame game without being able to back up claims does nothing more than create anger, confusion, distrust, and problems for American society in general.

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