Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Quote for the Day


Continuing the We Didn't Start the Fire roll call . . . 

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, Television
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe
Rosenbergs, H-Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, The King And I, and The Catcher In The Rye
Eisenhower, Vaccine, England's got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye

Today: Joe McCarthy

Joseph Raymond "Joe" McCarthy (1908 – 1957) was an American politician who became the most visible public face of the Communist witch hunts in 1950-1954. McCarthy alleged that large numbers of communists and communist sympathisers had infiltrated the federal government and notably the entertainment industry, resulting in large scale bans and the destruction of careers. Ultimately, the controversy he generated led him to be censured by the U.S. Senate. 

Joseph Nye Welch (1890 – 1960) was the chief counsel for the United States Army while it was under investigation for Communist activities by Senator Joseph McCarthy's Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, an investigation known as the Army–McCarthy hearings. His confrontation with McCarthy during the hearings, in which he famously asked McCarthy "At long last, have you left no sense of decency?" is seen as a turning point in the history of McCarthyism.

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