McCarthyism: The Fight for America

McCarthyism: The Fight for America

McCarthyism: The Fight for America

McCarthyism: The Fight for America

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It should be evident to everyone that the United States of America is facing a major crisis, on the outcome of which depends the integrity and security of the American people. In 1945 most Americans were living in a fool's paradise. America had just emerged as the victor in a great world war. Germany, Italy, and Japan, all formidable enemies, had been crushed. It seemed incredible to most people that America would again be imperilled for at least a century. Yet in 1952 it is obvious that America's position in world affairs is seriously weakened, and that in the absence of capable leadership the American people may be headed toward disaster.

During the period 1945-1952 the Communists were permitted to consolidate their position in Eastern Europe with the result that all of Western Europe is threatened with sudden and complete collapse and America has felt it necessary to make desperate efforts to maintain independent and friendly governments in that area. In the For East the amazing failure of our foreign policy is even more evident. For over fifty years one of the major items in our foreign policy has been to maintain the Open Door policy in China. By the Open Door policy is meant that the United States demands with respect to China, equal opportunity for all, special privilege for none, and the political, military, and economic independence of the Chinese government. It was because the United States was insistent upon maintaining the Open Door policy in China that she became involved in the war with Japan. . .

During the war with Japan, America spent many billions of dollars and suffered hundreds of thousands of casualties. But this enormous sacrifice seemed to be worth while, in 1945, when Japan was crushed and it appeared that the Open Door policy was completely restored. In the following few years, however, it became evident that the sacrifice was made in vain. Today the Open Door policy is far closer to being nullified than in 1941. Today the whole principle of equal opportunity has vanished into thin air. Today there is special privilege for power only, an unfriendly power, and to talk of the political, military, or economic independence of China is a farce.

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