Impoverishment of the elderly because of medical expenses was a common and often accepted occurrence. Opponents of the Medicare program that saved the elderly from that cruel fate called it “socialized medicine.” Remember that slander if there’s a sustained revival of silly red-baiting today.
Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment Insurance, Collective Bargaining were all demonized as un-American socialist plots
We regularly used and consumed foods, drugs, chemicals and other things that were legal, promoted and actively harmful. Hazardous wastes were dumped on empty plots in the dead of night. There were few if any restrictions on industrial emissions. We had only the barest scientific knowledge of the long-term consequences of any of this.
Holding businesses accountable for the terrible things they did to people in the name of profits and placing safety regulations were demonized as more un-American socialist plots
And there was a great stain on America, in the form of our legacy of racial discrimination. There were good people of all colors who banded together, risking and even losing their lives to erase the legal and other barriers that held Americans down. In their time they were often demonized and targeted, much like other vulnerable men and women today. • John D. Dingell
Striving to uphold the Declaration & Constitution’s ideals that we are all equal and have the right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness was [and still is] demonized as yet more un-American socialist plots
May 31, 2016
May 24, 2016