Joseph R. McCarthy

(Joseph Raymond McCarthy)

Joseph R. McCarthy
Joseph R. McCarthy
  • Born: November 14, 1908
  • Died: May 2, 1957
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician

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Joseph Raymond McCarthy was an American politician who served as a Republican U.S. Senator from the state of Wisconsin from 1947 until his death in 1957. Beginning in 1950, McCarthy became the most visible public face of a period in the United States in which Cold War tensions fueled fears of widespread Communist subversion. He is known for alleging that numerous Communists and Soviet spies and sympathizers had infiltrated the United States federal government, universities, film industry, and elsewhere. Ultimately, the smear tactics that he used led him to be censured by the U.S. Senate. The term "McCarthyism", coined in 1950 in reference to McCarthy's practices, was soon applied to similar anti-communist activities. Today, the term is used in reference to what are considered demagogic, reckless, and unsubstantiated accusations, as well as public attacks on the character or patriotism of political opponents.

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[Earl] Warren has become a hero to the Daily Worker [a communist newspaper]... I don't say that he is a Communist, but there is something radically wrong with him.... It is extremely unfortunate that he was ever confirmed as Chief Justice. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
… a conspiracy on a scale so immense as to dwarf any previous such venture in the history of man. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
… a man steeped in falsehood … who had recourse to the lie whenever it suits his convenience …. He would sell his grandmother for any advantage. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
… the party of treason Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
A communist on the faculty of one university is one communist too many. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Even if there were only one communist in the State Department, that would still be one communist too many. Scandals
General Zwicker, you are not fit to wear the uniform of this country. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
How can we account for our present situation unless we believe that men high in this government are concerting to deliver us to disaster? Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths
How can we account for our present situation unless we believe that men high in this government are concerting to deliver us to disaster? This must be the product of a great conspiracy on a scale so immense as to dwarf any previous such venture in the history of man. Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths
I note your refusal to give us answers to our questions. Your insistence is extremely revealing. It would seem that the last man in the world who would try to protect and hide the facts about one of his top officer's [William Bundy] association with, and contributions to, a convicted traitor [Alger Hiss] would be the head of the CIA.... That the matter cannot and will not rest here is, of course, obvious. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
I think they should get a net and take him to a good quiet place. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
It wasn't exactly a vote of confidence. Miscellaneous
McCarthyism is Americanism with its sleeves rolled. Miscellaneous
Ralph Bunch is a well known communist who has been sent to corrupt the Secretariat of the United Nations. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
State Department perverts ... bright young men who were born with silver spoons in their mouths ... selling the Nation out. Discrimination & Prejudice
The issue between the Republicans and the Democrats is clearly drawn. It has been deliberately drawn by those who have been in charge of twenty years of treason. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
The Red Dean of Fashion Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The son of a bitch should be impeached. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
This is the most unheard of thing that I have ever heard of Oratory, Discussion & Debate
I have here in my hand a list of two hundred and five people that were known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping the policy of the State Department.