a pejorative progressives use to dismiss the shame of their inaction in the face of communist aggression, imperialism and terrorism.
the correct 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.
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