However, the liberal and progressive organizations that usually would have protected the civil liberties of the victims of McCarthyism backed down from the task. Although numerous Americans were disturbed and troubled by McCarthy’s allegations, there was an absence of effective outlets for them to express their opposition. Therefore, liberals and progressives merely did not mount a campaign against McCarthyism nor did they defend the victims’ civil liberties, or when few tried, it was not effective. Schrecker argues, “The destruction of the front groups and the left-led unions may well have had a more deleterious impact on American politics than the decline of the (Communist) party itself.” (Schrecker 105). This is because, as seen in the example of McCarthyism, with the demise of the left-led unions and organizations, the nation lost the network that created a public space where legitimate alternatives to the status quo could be presented.
It has called for the establishment of “unjustly harsh” mandatory minimum sentencing laws, and it has done the exact opposite of its original intended purpose. It has not helped the American people it has crippled them, it has crippled our economy, and it has been straining our police departments with dealing with nonviolent drug crimes. The War on Drugs has been a failure to the American people for its effect on Blacks, its creation of unjust sentencing laws, and its inability to achieve what it was meant
When Theodore Roosevelt saw that trusts, or monopolies, were cheating millions of Americans, he did not stand by idly; he aggressively utilized the Sherman Antitrust Act to break up monopolies, causing some to mock him as the “trust-buster.” When Franklin Delano Roosevelt was faced with the worst economic recession in American history, he did not utilize moderate, monetarist economic policies; he passed what many would consider to be the most aggressively liberal economic policies in American history in the New Deal, which created programs like Social Security and the minimum wage, even though most of the New Deal was controversial and parts would be struck down by the Supreme
Gerald Ford shouldn’t of let him get away with it. Nixon committed a huge crime and should have to suffer the consequences. Another thing I do not understand is how he did not get punished or was not forced to give away the tapes. Nixon’s abuse of presidential power had a long-lasting effect on American political life. This created an atmosphere of cynicism and distrust.
Senator Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin believed communism was the most daunting threat to the American government at the time. Moreover, most Americans had only heard of communism, but were generally unaware of the topic until McCarthy preached his opinions. After his speech to the Republican National Convention in 1952, American citizens suddenly felt a responsibility to rid the country of communists. Although the thought of communism did not pose a danger to the average American, McCarthy’s rampant speeches made unknowing citizens feel a sense of urgency toward the topic. One reason Americans heard little of communism is because the government did not want them to know.
Willbanks references Ronnie Ford’s, Tet 1968: Understanding the Surprise, argument that the bureaucratic infighting over order-of-battle issues among the American intelligence agencies led to the lack of coordination and information sharing, impending both the synthesis of all the intelligence that was available and the ability to predict when and where the offensive might come. As Ford states, “The substantive disagreements and bureaucratic infighting that were to follow in Washington and in Saigon over enemy strength would preclude the fusion of intelligence necessary to prevent the surprise of the 1968 Tet Offensive.” U.S. intelligence analysts failed to understand their adversary because they focused on only two aspects of their opponent’s
national bank. As Jacksons term continued, he truly grew a desire to crush the Second Bank of the United states. Over time Jackson decided that it could not continue how it was, and that it did not want warrant reform, it must be destroyed. Jacksons reason for this conclusion was a result of his past financial problems, his views on states’ rights, and his tennesse roots.The Second Bank centralized financial might, jeopardizing economic stability; it served as a monopoly on fiscal policy, but it did not answer to anyone within the government. Above any principled concernsthe Bank became a political battle.
They failed to end poverty in cities, the Republican party lost power after being split, and they neglected to pay attention to the issue of race. The NAACP was formed in the Niagara Movement because since the government was not listening to them they had to do something about it themselves. The Gentleman’s Agreement was also a bad idea because it restricted Japanese people from gaining citizenship which angered Japan. One final failure would be the prohibition failure that not only did nothing to stop crime but also possibly increased
Despite America’s military might, the fights showed that America could not solve all of its problems through force and that no matter how brutally the Americans fought, they still could not force their Vietnamese enemies to surrender. This only further eroded the trust between the American public and their government, causing more to criticize America’s involvement in Vietnam and causing a decline of public support of the Vietnam war, leading to the eventual withdrawal of American troops from
George Clinton, Samuel Adams, Luther Martin, Richard Henry Lee, and Patrick Henry who were a part of the American Revolution, rejected the Convention in Philadelphia because they did not agree with its objectives. They were convinced that it threatened the “core principles” of the revolutionary heritage. The government regulated by the new Constitution and its democracy were less likely to thrive in small towns because people would not vote directly for their senators or their president, and radical egalitarianism did not have the opportunity to develop under the enhanced central state. Anti-Federalists actually exposed a wide range of ideas and theories; some aimed at reducing federal power, while others asked for the restrictions of that