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Unformatted text preview: dging that our opponents are trying, as we are, to do God’s will, we are able to be
ambassadors of reconciliation. In that case, our faithfulness in politics depends less on the content
of our ideology than on how we view ourselves and treat each other. Faith in politics has more to
do with the way faithful people approach politics than with the substance of our positions."
“The Crusade: Ronald Reagan and the fall of communism” I’m pretty sure this is coulter’s. This
isn’t in any of the readings I can find that he sent us or on the syllabus. Ann Coulter’s article was
defending McCarthy. This is actually a book by Paul Kengor?
Kovalcheck on McCarthy: McCarthy’s political success was closely related to his ability to create an
image for himself. When the image deterriorated, so did his political power. An image is defined as a
composite representation of the historic personage and of the ideas, policies and sentiments, habitually
identified with him. The most prominent part of the McCarthy image was sincerity and courage. People
admired his courage to stand up against communism and then also his methods were justified because of
his sincerity. Five assumptions made by McCarthy: 1) you cannot oppose communism and McCarthy at
the same time. 2) distortion of the facts about McCarthy indicated not merely malice, unbalance, naivete,
or unscrupulousness, but also procommunism. 3) all anticommunists are agreed that reasonable doubt of
reliability is sufficient cause for removing employees from gov. service 4) since a vigorous security
program is indispensible to legit anticommunism, opposition to it is prima facie evidence of partylning. 5)
those people who have the interests of the US at heart act to advance those interests. These assumptions
are based on a belief in McCarthy’s sincerity. Another important aspect of McCarthy’s image was him as
a “lone fighter” of communism, this was first seen at the beginning of his career whe...
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