Quotes / Red Scare

Live-Action TV

Roy Cohn: You wanna test me? See how fast I can pull the chain and flush you. You want to see your name on a list? "Are you now, or have you ever been...?"
Dales: What are you talking about? I'm no communist.
Cohn: You are if I say you are.
The X-Files, "Travelers"

Merton: Communist America! This is like one of those Red Scare movies Chuck Norris made during the 80s, only without the paper-thin villain spouting clichéd commands—
Big Wolf on Campus, "Commie Dawkins"

Yes! Whenever bicycles are broken, or menaced by International Communism, Bicycle Repair Man is ready! Ready to smash the communists, wipe them up, and shove them off the face of the earth... Mash that dirty red scum, kick 'em in the teeth where it hurts. Kill! Kill! Kill! The filthy bastard commies, I hate 'em! I hate 'em! Aaargh! Aaargh!

Video Games

Wipe out all 1.2 billion of the red communists!!

Liberty Prime, Fallout 3

"If you haven't found any communists in your backyard, you aren't looking hard enough!"
Book Chute, Fallout: New Vegas

real life

"The old American virtues have already been eaten away by cosmopolitans and intellectuals; the old competitive capitalism has been gradually undermined by socialist and communist schemers; the old national security and independence have been destroyed by treasonous plots, having as their most powerful agents not merely outsiders and foreigners but major statesmen seated at the very centers of American power."
Richard Hofstadter on the Red Scare, "The Paranoid Style in American Politics"

"With regard to the picture It's a Wonderful Life, [REDACTED] stated in substance that the film represented a rather obvious attempt to discredit bankers by casting Lionel Barrymore as a 'scrooge-type' so that he would be the most hated man in the picture. This, according to these sources, is a common trick used by Communists."
FBI memorandum (13,533 pages long), Communist Infiltration of the Motion Picture Industry (1947)

"Were the Junior Senator from Wisconsin in the pay of the Communists, he could not have done a better job for them."
Sen. Ralph Flanders (R-VT)

"The real issues are whether the power of Western Civilization, as God has permitted it to flower in our own beloved lands, shall defy and defeat Communism; whether the rule of men who shoot their prisoners, enslave their citizens, and deride the dignity of man, shall displace the rule of those to whom the individual and his individual rights are sacred; whether we are to survive with God's hand to guide and lead us, or to perish in the dead existence of a Godless world."
General Matthew Ridgway, Korea, 1951

"We hear about constitutional rights, free speech and the free press. Every time I hear those words I say to myself, 'That man is a Red, that man is a Communist.' You never heard a real American talk in that manner."
Frank Hague, mayor of Jersey City, 1938

"Hi faggot. You are leftist leech, you suck Noam Chomsky's dick, you commie faggot."

"I donít wanna brag, but I sorta called it before he was elected and I was on OíReilly and I said he was a communist. I got a lot of hate mail, but I got some that said I was 'prescient,' which means 'a prophet.'"
Victoria Jackson on Barack Obama

"I absolutely unironically love the way the collective assholes of the world have collapsed on 'social justice warr~iors (come out to pla~aay!) as their catch-all insult for those damn dirty commie liberal hippie bastards. And itís not just because Iím a lover of campy 70s action flicks (though I am [CAAAAN YOUUU DIG IT?!?]). Nor is it because it is the most honest any of these fuckers have ever been in their goddamn life (rambling on like a Captain Planet villain about how they are against those glorious do-gooders and their caring about justice)."