progressives use to dismiss the shame of their inaction in the face of communist aggression, imperialism and terrorism.
term is red menace. it was the justified
and legitimate organic
anxiety of a nation facing a rising totalitarian threat from communism. communists were invading and annexing countries
on the european continent, colonizing and overthrowing the governments in other parts
of the globe, and building weapons in a bid to eliminate all global
alternatives to the red communist system.
the first era of the red menace was in the 19-teens and twenties. this was a time when progressives loyal to the russian revolution were setting
off bombs in u.s. cities and attempting to assasinate u.s. presidents.
the second era was spurred by the revelation
that the u.s. state department had become ridden with soviet spies. this , in conjunction with overt soviet power maneuvers in the hemisphere
caused americans to support greater
vigilance from their leaders.
progressive: duh you're just a red-baiting mccarthyite
nazi! don't you know that the red scare went out of style in the 50's?"
normal person: i guess "brown-baiting" is still "hip" or something.