McCarthyism: The Fight for America

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CHAPTER II
Round I -- Wheeling, West Virginia

DURING the public phase of my fight to expose proCommunists and Communist treason in government, a vast number of deeply disturbed Americans have asked a multitude of questions. They want the answers -- documented and proved -- so they may determine for themselves the true situation.

This book is my answer to those questions. This is my answer to every American who seeks to know the truth about my fight against pro-Communists and Communist treason in government. As you read the carefully documented answers to the questions those Americans have asked over the past two years, I am confident you will agree that this fight is your fight -- your fight for your children and your children's children.

Here are all the important questions that have been asked by friends and enemies of my anti-Communist fight together with my answers.

I have often heard people say "I agree with Senator McCarthy's aim of removing Communists from Government, but I do not agree with his methods." Senator, why don't you use methods which could receive the approval of everyone?

I have followed the method of publicly exposing the truth about men who, because of incompetence or treason, were betraying this nation. Another method would be to take the evidence to the President and ask him to discharge those who were serving the Communist cause. A third method would be to give the facts to the proper Senate committee which had the power to hire investigators and subpoena witnesses and records.

The second and third methods listed above were tried without success. The President apparently considered any attempt to expose Communists in the government as a cheap political trick to embarrass him and would not even answer a letter offering him evidence of Communist infiltration. The result of my attempt to give the evidence to a Senate committee (the Tydings Committee) is well known. Every person I named was whitewashed and given a clean bill of health. The list included one who has since been convicted and others who have been discharged under the loyalty program.

The only method left to me was to present the truth to the American people. This I did. Even though the Administration has been fine-tooth combing my evidence for over 2 years, they have been unable to find a single item of that evidence that was untrue.

One of the safest and most popular sports engaged in today by every politician and office seeker is to "agree with McCarthy's aim of getting rid of Communists in government," but at the same time to "condemn his irresponsible charges and shot-gun technique." It is a completely safe position to take. The Communist Party and their camp followers in press and radio do not strike back as long as you merely condemn Communism in general terms. It is only when one adopts an effective method of digging out and exposing the under-cover, dangerous, "sacred cow" Communists that all of the venom and smear of the Party is loosed upon him.

I suggest to you, therefore, that when a politician mounts the speaker's rostrum and makes the statement that he "agrees with McCarthy's aims but not his methods," that you ask him what methods he himself has used against Communists. I suggest you ask him to name a single Communist or camp follower that he has forced out of the government by his methods.

I do not much mind the Communists screaming about my methods. That is their duty as Communists. They are under orders to do just that. But it makes me ill deep down inside when I hear cowardly politicians and selfproclaimed "liberals," too lazy to do their own thinking, parrot over and over this Communist Party line. By constant repetition they deceive good, loyal Americans into believing that there is some easy, delicate way of exposing Communists without at the same time exposing all of their traitorous, sordid acts.

Whenever I ask those who object to my methods to name the "objectionable methods," again I hear parroted back to me the Communist Daily Worker stock phrases "irresponsible charges" and "smearing innocent people." But as often as I have asked for the name of a single innocent person who has been "smeared" or "irresponsibly charged," nothing but silence answers.

When you hear a politician assuring you that "I am against Communism, but do not like McCarthy's methods," you might ask yourself this question: "Is this politician willing and eager to be against Communism on the speaker's stand but afraid to pay the high price in smear and abuse which is heaped upon anyone who really starts to draw blood from the Communist conspiracy?" During this fall's campaign, timid, cautious politicians' who want to stay at the public trough regardless of the cost to the nation and those who would protect Communism and corruption in government will parrot over and over the game stock excuse. They will tell you how "vigorously" they "condemn" Communism. With equal vigor they will tell you that they condemn McCarthy for taking off his gloves and painfully digging out, one by one, taking Administration-protected Communists.

The last 20 years have proved that even the most eloquent speeches against Communism generally, are as ineffective as speeches against crime generally by a prosecuting attorney who fails to dig out and convict the dangerous criminals.

When I launched the public phase of this fight at Wheeling, West Virginia, on February 9, 1950, I discussed, among others, the case of John Stewart Service. At the time I was discussing the Service case with the people at Wheeling, Service was in India. He had just

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