Oregonian sees nothing wrong with EC's ludicrous take on patriots
And the 1954 hearing in which U.S. Army counsel Joe Welch famously demanded of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, "Have you no sense of decency, sir?"As bad as McCarthy's approach was, I don't think any murders of perceived commies were ever committed in the 50s, if that's what the paper's implying. If the guy was supposed to be blind, I can't see any sign of a walking cane, nor is he wearing any dark glasses (to my best of knowledge, sunglasses were invented at the time too, and plastic already in the early 20th century). The story makes would-be patriots out to look instantly judgemental, not even asking why he wouldn't salute the American flag when the troops passed with it (who were curiously unworried about the assault and murder in their midst). And worst of all, it makes it look like "patriots" have no qualms about committing murder. That's the issue I have with this embarrassment - it's basically a whole big, negative stereotype.
Two years earlier, Bill Gaines published "The Patriots," wherein an anti-Communist mob kills a stoic spectator at a military parade because, blinded in the Korean War, he fails to salute a passing flag.
All that seems to have eluded the Oregonian's writer, who had no complaints to raise about how hurtful it really was to anti-communists. EC was not doing any favors at all with that farfetched tommyrot, and neither is the newspaper if they won't take issue with the story.