Christopher Lamb, a professor at the University of Charleston, is on to something. In a new book, he reminds us that this country had a politician of Sarah Palin’s ilk in those not-so-fabulous 1950s. She is the present-day Joseph McCarthy, this century’s version of a man who pitted Americans against each other before Sally Sheeran met and married Chuck Heath. Sure, the 1950s were a long time ago. But somehow Sarah, the "latest in a long line of American demagogues" has stirred up the feelings of the era of the Red Scare and updated them to fit an equally frightening infiltrator - the President is a Muslim! With a Socialist agenda! He's palling around with terrorists!
The 1960s were a long time ago, too, and yet, here we are facing some of the same battles that erupted after Joe McCarthy was disgraced. Social battles we thought were won way back then. First, the reincarnation of McCarthyism, then the resurrection of the 1960s culture wars. The Tea Party idiots said they wanted to take this country back, and they have, led backward by Sarah Palin.