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What Daria’s Grandfather Knew

Posted on | February 25, 2013 | 1 Comment

Daria DiGiovanni commented on an earlier post:

My maternal grandfather, who arrived with his widowed mother from Italy at the age of eight, was a staunch McCarthy supporter and anti-communist. He graduated from Temple Pharmacy School in 1919 and went on to open his own corner pharmacy in their neighborhood. My mom used to share her stories of running home from school to watch the McCarthy trials, whom her father regarded as an American patriot and hero. Due to her father’s influence, my mom has always been a conservative activist, which is where I received my early political knowledge.

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  • Freddie Sykes

    There is a difference between what Joseph McCarthy was saying – after all, Alger Hiss was convicted of perjury for denying being a Soviet agent – and the way he said it. In The Manchurian Candidate, author Richard Condon created a McCarthy-est character who was actually a tool of the communists. Whittaker Chambers had a much lower opinion of McCarthy than Ann Coulter. It is healthy to have respectful differences of opinion among anti-communists.

    FYI: never forget that RFK worked for McCarthy. My mother, an Adlai Stevenson Democrat, pronounced him a weasel.