In the wake of that paranoid DHS report on right wing extremism
, I've been pondering a question: who deserves the moniker "witch hunter" more - Jan Napolitano, or Joe McCarthy? Let's stack them up to the key characteristics of the Salem witch hunts.
- The perceived menace is nonexistent or greatly overestimated. Napolitano. (Commie agents were a real problem; Joe simply went after the wrong people.)
- Specific individuals were targeted. McCarthy. (Jan is way short on names.)
- Primary instigation involved ordinary citizens' use of existing laws to lynch their neighbors. Neither - lawsuit abuse is the strongest contender here.
At this poin1 the score is:
Napolitano - 1
McCarthy - 1
Trial lawyers - 1