To the editor: There is an analogy to
In February 1950, Sen. Joseph McCarthy asserted that hundreds of known communists were working in the Department of State. He went on to lead the "red scare" by bullying and defaming other Americans to exalt himself and his crusade.
McCarthy's behavior was tolerated by the Republican Party until 1953, when a Republican became president. By 1954, his rants and unrestrained cruelty became unacceptable.
In an attempt to revitalize his anticommunist witch hunt, he chose to target the U.S. Army. At the
After Joseph N. Welch, the lead lawyer, asked, "Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" and went on to defend his attorney, the audience burst into raucous applause. By the end of the year, the U.S. Senate had officially censured McCarthy.
Rather than worry about their political careers, Republican politicians may want to think about the role they will play in history.
Mary MacLaren, Rider, Solana Beach