|U.S. Senator Joseph "Joe" McCarthy|
Former U.S. Senator Joseph "Joe" McCarthy and his soapbox as the chairman of of the House Unamerican Activities Committee (HUAC) ushered in one of the most shameful eras in American history. Most would agree that McCarthy was one of the most vicious, calculating and self-serving Senators of modern times. And now we have but now we have U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.
The Freshman Senator from Maine, Margaret Chase Smith, a Republican, summed up the feelings of many in Congress, and the Nation, when on June 1st, 1950, she spoke about McCarthy and McCarthyism.
|U.S. Senator Ted Cruz|
“Mr. President,” she began, “I would like to speak briefly and simply about a serious national condition…. The United States Senate has long enjoyed worldwide respect as the greatest deliberative body…. But recently that deliberative character has…been debased to…a forum of hate and character assassination.
“Freedom of speech is not what it used to be in America,” she observed. “It has been so abused by some that it is not exercised by others.”
She asked her fellow Republicans not to ride to political victory on the “Four Horsemen of Calumny–Fear, Ignorance, Bigotry, and Smear.” Click HERE to read full text of her speech.