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vlyons

(10,252 posts)
Fri Jul 6, 2018, 11:50 AM Jul 2018

We need a new HUAC

Come next Jan, assuming that Dems take the House; we need a new House UnAmerican Activities Committee (HUAC). There was one in the 50s that ferreted out Communists. It eventually abused its power. But that doesn't mean that we don't need a new one, with a new mission to hunt out and expose public offcials and organizations (like the NRA), that have taken Russian money and favors to undermine our elections, and those who have obstructed the Mueller investigation. I'm very serious about this. What do you think?

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We need a new HUAC (Original Post) vlyons Jul 2018 OP
That has a bad vibe to it. I think there are existing mechanisms to deal with the problem The Velveteen Ocelot Jul 2018 #1
We just need blacklists. n/t rzemanfl Jul 2018 #2
Careful - I went down this path last year JustAnotherGen Jul 2018 #3
well you better believe that there will be committee hearings vlyons Jul 2018 #5
At this point JustAnotherGen Jul 2018 #11
-It eventually abused its power- Voltaire2 Jul 2018 #4
We need simply to have ethics and corruption investigations. "UnAmerican Activities" ehrnst Jul 2018 #6
Very bad idea, IMO. MineralMan Jul 2018 #7
No, just no. One of my proudest activities here was rallying people against this very thing. ck4829 Jul 2018 #8
Absolutely NOT! brooklynite Jul 2018 #9
So it has come to this. former9thward Jul 2018 #10
OK you guys persuaded me vlyons Jul 2018 #12

The Velveteen Ocelot

(117,549 posts)
1. That has a bad vibe to it. I think there are existing mechanisms to deal with the problem
Fri Jul 6, 2018, 11:52 AM
Jul 2018

that haven't been used just because the GOP controls Congress.

JustAnotherGen

(32,599 posts)
3. Careful - I went down this path last year
Fri Jul 6, 2018, 12:03 PM
Jul 2018

Folks won't understand - This time the key difference would be - we know who they are.

Social Media has helped to document who did what and when.

JustAnotherGen

(32,599 posts)
11. At this point
Fri Jul 6, 2018, 02:19 PM
Jul 2018

I'd be happy with a Rwanda Reconciliation 'type' of community hearing. I'm serious.

I think it's that bad. We are in that bad of a place as a country.

 

ehrnst

(32,640 posts)
6. We need simply to have ethics and corruption investigations. "UnAmerican Activities"
Fri Jul 6, 2018, 12:21 PM
Jul 2018

could be construed to have many different meanings.

Such as having the last name Clinton, or not having been born here.

MineralMan

(146,575 posts)
7. Very bad idea, IMO.
Fri Jul 6, 2018, 01:07 PM
Jul 2018

Look how the last one turned out. The concept was invalid, and abuse was the order of the day. That's the nature of such committees with such names.

What is an un-American activity? The answer to that questions varies widely, depending on your political viewpoint. We have laws. We have processes. We don't drag people into Congressional committee hearings and grill them about things that aren't even illegal. That's what HUAC did.

No, thanks.

ck4829

(35,271 posts)
8. No, just no. One of my proudest activities here was rallying people against this very thing.
Fri Jul 6, 2018, 01:18 PM
Jul 2018
https://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=104x2819176

What we need to do is shrink the 'icon' power of the federal government, they need less symbolic capital. Time for civic organizations and activists to take the lead.

former9thward

(32,655 posts)
10. So it has come to this.
Fri Jul 6, 2018, 01:41 PM
Jul 2018

Posters praising HUAC and pushing for a new one. I thought I had heard everything....The 1950s are marching back. "Joe McCarthy had the right idea, it was just how he put it forward....."

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