Joseph R. McCarthy Quotes

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.

Bundy had been a member of the same law firm as Hiss's brother. He, like other members of the firm, had made financial contributions to Hiss's legal defense. Bundy was completely cleared of any wrongdoing or disloyalty later.
Joseph R. McCarthy
Joseph R. McCarthy
  • Born: November 14, 1908
  • Died: May 2, 1957
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician

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.