Yes, it's a tragedy that a demagogue forced and hounded an entire political party out of existence. That's not what the founders wanted - the persecution of whole groups of people for their politics. Is that what you mean?
McCarthy of course had no evidence of anything so of course he doesn't get redeemed as anything but a unprincipled bully and a liar and a manipulative drunk.
He was right. Just look at recent history and party affiliations. Obamas Van jones-communist. Bernie Sanders of Vermont-communist. Valerie Jarrett-communist. And shes an advisor to the president? If the true political aspirations of most democrats was known, they'd be facing a firing squad! The democrats HAD to discredit him, they had too much to lose. And turning a blind eye to progressives and those that support such ideals doesn't make it better for ANY of us. Nikita Khrushchev warned that this country would be taken without a shot! And from what I see before me, he is right also!
What's so hilarious about this one is that true communism is obsolete and and in steep decline all over the world. There are only five officially communist countries left - China, Vietnam, Laos, Cuba and North Korea(which is in a category of its own - communists think N.Korea represents communism like Warren Jeffs represents Christians.) And how communist is China looking these days? China has embraced capitalism with all the passion of a new convert and is giving America some of that competition y'all like so much. Do you like them better now? Soon, the only commies left will be the ones hiding under BR's bed. (quite a mob of assorted boogeymen there)