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Wed Aug 17, 2022, 08:55 AM Aug 2022

The Communist Control Act of 1954, hmm......

Pres. Eisenhower signed this into law, not just outlawing the party itself but making any membership or support a criminal act, more or less. Okay....

Now, to preface this I am a Democrat and NOT a Communist (small c, large C, whatever) but could someone remind me again of what the party DID actually? I mean actual acts not perceived or assumed threats.

Reason I ask is, if you look at the Republican Party--I mean, for the most part, the incarnation once the racist segregationist Dixiecrats joined the fold (yeah, you know, the part they like to leave out when they play that "party of Lincoln" card to throw shade on modern Democrats?)--think of all the real damage they've caused and are planning to double down on should they gain more power, from economic policies proven to bankrupt our country to encroachment on personal freedoms, suppression of the vote, religio-fundamentalist measures that run counter to the Constitution, ARMED INSURRECTION, FER CRYIN' OUT LOUD!!!!

Talk about a Red Scare, damn.

Just some early morning musings with coffee. Enjoy your Humpday!

The Communist Control Act of 1954, hmm...... (Original Post) Montauk6 Aug 2022 OP
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Speaking of Hump: The Communist Control Act was the brainchild of Hubert Humphrey! LeftInTX Aug 2022 #2

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2. Speaking of Hump: The Communist Control Act was the brainchild of Hubert Humphrey!
Wed Aug 17, 2022, 09:10 AM
Aug 2022
The CCA was the brainchild of U.S. Sen. Hubert Humphrey, D-Minn., who reportedly had tired of being labeled “soft toward communism” (Ybarra 2004: 743).

CCA gave 'infiltrated' labor unions a way to retain rights
Labor organizations determined to be communist-infiltrated by the SACB could reorganize and retain contractual rights gained through bargaining if 20 percent of the rank-and-file membership petitioned the National Labor Relations Board. In this regard, the CCA served as a means to protect rank-and-file union members from “Communist dictators who [were] using the unions and union funds to serve the ends of the Communist powers” (Tompkins 1955: 1397).

Although historically viewed as the moment liberal Democrats acquiesced to Red Scare politics, the CCA circumvented a proposed amendment to the Internal Security Act of 1950 that sought to declare unions “communist dominated” and strip them of all legal rights. Instead of declaring labor unions illegal, which would have deprived American laborers of their contractual protections, the CCA declared the Communist Party illegal.


I figured Eisenhower and the GOP could not do this alone!
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