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  1. #1
    I'm going to leave it to you bright young lads (that doesn't include you Spectard) to figure out who said this and provide insightful commentary before I weigh in on this.

    No one familiar with the history of this country can deny that congressional committees are useful. It is necessary to investigate before legislating, but the line between investigating and persecuting is a very fine one and the junior Senator from Wisconsin has stepped over it repeatedly.

    His primary achievement has been in confusing the public mind as between the internal and the external threats of communism. We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law.

    We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men — not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular.

    This is no time for men who oppose Senator McCarthy's methods to keep silent, or for those who approve. We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result. There is no way for a citizen of a republic to abdicate his responsibilities. As a nation we have come into our full inheritance at a tender age. We proclaim ourselves, as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.

    The actions of the junior Senator from Wisconsin have caused alarm and dismay amongst our allies abroad, and given considerable comfort to our enemies. And whose fault is that? Not really his. He didn't create this situation of fear; he merely exploited it — and rather successfully. Cassius was right. "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves." Good night, and good luck.
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    Sophie Pedophile Tech Support
    Sorry my knowledge on recent American history is a bit lacking. Was it Kennedy? Just a guess.
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    It was a reporter.
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    arthur treacher African Astronaut
    McCarthy was right.

    Anyway, was it ed murrow? the salutation at the end makes me think it was him.
  5. #5
    That's for the public mood.

    Doing anything that supports a foreign adversary is going to get you screwed.

    Any thing that benefits a foreign adversary, or harms the image and functioning of the internal unit, if detected, and not punished, will lead to the person who did nothing being labeled as sympathetic to the enemy. If they are employed and do nothing they are the enemy. If they doubt their belief system cut and run.

    This is about hostile ideologies and hostile militaries that in ideology are geared to destroying the system. Dissent is not supporting the enemy. Dissent is saying something is wrong and needs to be changed. Adopting an ideology that is friendly to the enemy, perhaps, for instance, radical trade unionism, is not going to ever be overlooked due to what it represents. Overlooking that is not overlooking a speeding ticket.
  6. #6
    McCarthy was right.

    Anyway, was it ed murrow? the salutation at the end makes me think it was him.
    Yup it was murrow.
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