McCarthyism: The Fight for America

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CHAPTER XIV
A Question For Americans

Senator McCarthy, what can I -- an average American, holding no public office, and owning no newspapers or radio stations -- do to fight Communism?

You can do a tremendous job if you will. You can help alert America to a danger much greater than Communists in the State Department or any other branch of the government -- a danger much greater than any threat from Communist Russia.

Hitler once said, "Give me control of the minds of the youth of a country -- give me control of the educational system for five years -- and I shall control that country indefinitely."

The Communists thoroughly recognize the truth of that statement. One of their major efforts, therefore, is to infiltrate the educational system of this country and control school and college publications.

The May, 1937, issue of The Communist Magazine, sets forth the following directive to all Communist teachers:

"Communist teachers are . . . faced with a tremendous social responsibility . . . They must take advantage of their positions, without exposing themselves . . .

"Only when teachers have really mastered Marxism-Leninism will they be able skillfully to inject it into their teaching at the least risk of exposure."

In a speech at Brown University on April 22, 1952, Dr. J. B. Matthews, former research director of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, gave some general statistical facts on the support given by college and university professors to Communist and Communist- front organizations. Dr. Matthews stated:

"Approximately 28 percent of all the top collaborators with the deceitful Communist-front movement in recent years have been college and university professors.

"Exhaustive research into the personnel of Communist-front organizations reveals that some 3,000 professors from approximately 600 institutions of higher learning have been affiliated more than 26,000 times with these instruments of the Communist Party. This is not 'guilt by association' but guilt by collaboration."

Every man and woman in America can appoint himself or herself to undo the damage which is being done by Communist infiltration of our schools and colleges through Communist-minded teachers and Communist. line textbooks.

Countless times I have heard parents throughout the country complain that their sons and daughters were sent to college as good Americans and returned four years later as wild-eyed radicals. The educational system of this country cannot be cleansed of Communist influence by legislation. It can only be scrubbed and flushed and swept clean if the mothers and fathers, and the sons and daughters, of this nation individually decide to do this job. This can be your greatest contribution to America. This is a job which you can do. This is a job which you must do if America and Western Civilization are to live.

I warn you, however, that the task will not be a pleasant one. When you detect and start to expose a teacher with a Communist mind, you will be damned and smeared. You will be accused of endangering academic freedom. Remember, to those Communist-minded teachers academic freedom means their right to force you to hire them to teach your children a philosophy in which you do not believe. To Communist-minded teachers academic freedom means their right to deny you the freedom to hire loyal Americans to teach your children. As a practical matter we should remember that good generous salaries are necessary to attract to the teaching profession the kind of people whom you want molding the mind of young America.

We cannot win the fight against Communism if Communist-minded professors are teaching your children. We cannot lose the fight against Communism if loyal Americans are teaching your children.

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