"If she studied her history, she'd recognize Joe McCarthy was a great American hero," King said of Lee, in an interview.
Some people argue that McCarthy was just defending American against the communists. This is true. That was his intention. But in practice, he used intimidation and abused the power of the U.S. Congress to crush the lives of countless Americans. Of the 205 people McCarthy accused of being national security threats, only 2 were actually threats (as shown by the Verona project). That is a whopping 1% success rate. Not only was he right only 1% of the time. He also missed 347 of the people who where spies. An even more dismal success rate.
If a cop arrest 100 people for being drug dealers and only one of them were, he would not be a "great cop".
If a surgeon had only a 1% success rate at removing a gall bladder, he would not be a "great doctor."
If a lawyer only wins 1% of his cases, he would not be a "really great jurist."
Regardless of McCarthy's intentions, if you haul 203 innocent people in front of the congress and accuse them of being communists and destroy their reputations, their livelihood, and their all around lives, you are no "great American hero." You are a great American tyrant. It is too bad that a growning number of Republicans can't see this.
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