Reagan vs. the Progressives

Paul Kengor and The American Spectator give us an excellent glimpse.  One juicy part of an excellent piece:

Consider the group, Progressive Citizens of America (PCA), which was thoroughly penetrated. One liberal actor exploited was the great Gene Kelly, a pleasant, patriotic American. Kelly was enlisted as a progressive prop to stand in front of a giant American flag and lead the Pledge of Allegiance. He rallied the progressives in reverential renditions of “America.” In one sorry display, the all-American boy was cast to provide the introduction at PCA’s initial meeting in Los Angeles on February 11, 1947. The evening’s theme was established before Kelly spoke, as a large screen flashed photographs of bombed Hiroshima, with rolling footage of the dead and maimed. That evening, PCA board members would be elected. On the ballot were secret hard-line Hollywood communists like John Howard Lawson and Dalton Trumbo, as well as non-communist liberals like Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, John Garfield, Gregory Peck, Lena Horne, and Melvyn Douglas.

Take another sorry case, where Katharine Hepburn was the opening speaker at a May 19, 1947 Progressive Party Rally at Hollywood Legion Stadium. Draped in a long, flame-red dress, the liberal New Englander read a speech scripted by Trumbo — and so admired by People’s Daily World that it reprinted the entire text.

This manipulation was old hat for the comrades, who found no shortage of progressives to do the bidding of Stalin.

Alas, into this waded an actor named Ronald Reagan, mid-30s, politically passionate. As a committed FDR liberal, Reagan was susceptible to the conniving of communists. He was targeted immediately after World War II, a quick victim of several front-groups. He was very “naïve,” Reagan admitted later, “blindly and busily” joining “every organization I could find that would guarantee to save the world.” He was “an active” but unwitting participant “in what now and then turned out to be communist causes.” The deceived Reagan assumed these folks were “liberals, and being liberals ourselves, [we] bedded down with them.”

Go read the whole thing; good history lesson and reminder for why we have to kill as much of the bloated gov’t as possible.

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