We’re starting to get a sense of what a President Cruz administration would look like — and it’s horrifying.
Reacting to the terror attacks today in Brussels, Belgium, Cruz remarked that he wants police to “patrol Muslim neighborhoods” in the United States — a totally ineffective measure in terms of national security, but one that’s sure to delight the Islamophobes of Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy who enthusiastically support his candidacy.
This sort of paranoid politics has a long pedigree in America. Cruz foreign policy adviser Claire Lopez, who is also vice president of Gaffney’s organization, made that point herself when she told South Carolina radio host Vince Coakley earlier this month that Sen. Joe McCarthy’s red scare was totally “spot on.” Lopez was pushing conspiracy theories about the Muslim Brotherhood in America:
‘Brotherhood affiliates and associates and those connected to it are the go-to advisers, if not appointees, for the top levels of our national security in our government, in this administration for sure, but going back many decades, really, is the program of this Brotherhood.’ So unless we look at that, the subversion, the infiltration, the influence operations, because that’s what that is. Unless we look at that, we’re going to be going after something which really, as I said, can hurt us, harm us, can cause terrible pain and suffering — terrorism — but it cannot really bring down the republic. But the real danger of subversion can.’
[…] ‘We can go all the way back, of course, to the time of the Cold War and back to the 1920s, ‘30s, ‘40s when communists, you know, the KGB, infiltrated our government at the very highest levels. And then, like now, we were unprepared and in large measure unaware of what was going on, at least until the House Un-American Activities got rolling in the 1950s with Sen. Joseph McCarthy, who absolutely was spot-on in just about everything he said about the levels of infiltration. So we have precedent for this where we were not fully aware of the infiltration occurring at the time.’
Are you prepared to tackle the evil Muslim infiltrators sneaking around and hiding under our beds?
Listen to the madness via Right Wing Watch:
A professional crank, Frank Gaffney has called for reestablishing the infamous House Un-American Activities Committee. His organization has made a name for itself by collecting like-minded cranks such as Lopez, publishing fabricated ‘studies’ about Muslim attitudes, and pushing right wing congressional goofballs to pursue their scare-stories as actual investigations. He has also dabbled in conspiracy theories regarding President Obama’s birthplace.
Just how far does this supposed conspiracy reach? In his most famous crusade of all, Gaffney has spent the last several years accusing conservative anti-tax leader Grover Norquist of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood — a charge he extended to the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, after it banned him for making insane, evidence-free charges of treason against people like Norquist. (Gaffney has since been allowed to return to CPAC so he can show them how to be racist.)
Of course, Lopez and Gaffney are idolizing a man whose claims of “communist infiltration” in the State Department, Pentagon, and other agencies were never supported by the slightest bit of evidence. The number of communists that Joe McCarthy claimed to have placed on his ‘secret list’ also kept changing because he was merely making his figures up on the fly.
That’s the point of departure where can expect President Cruz to begin. Following his inauguration, there will be a ritual purification of government departments as competence is punished and paranoia is rewarded.
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