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Have You No Sense of Decency?

“Have you no sense of decency?” Joseph Nye Welch, counselor to the U.S. Army, asked Joseph McCarthy after the honorable Senator from Wisconsin assassinated the character of Fred Fisher, a young lawyer in Welch’s firm.  926 more words

Fear as a Political Weapon and the Death of Joseph McCarthy

On this day, May 2, 1957, Joseph McCarthy, the controversial U.S. Senator, dies at the age of 48 due to alcohol-related illnesses (probably cirrhosis of the liver). 793 more words

20th Century History

Trumpism is the new McCarthyism

“Around the country he flew, reckless and audacious, stopping long enough to make a new charge, to exhibit a new list, a good newsworthy press conference at the airport, hail-fellow well met with the reporters, and then on to the next stop, the emptiness of the charge never catching up with him, the American press exploited in its false sense of objectivity (if a high official said something, then it was news, if not fact, and the role of the reporter was to print it straight without commenting, without assaulting the credibility of the incredulous; that was objectivity). 689 more words

This Week in Wisconsin: Odds and Ends Edition

Welcome back to This Week in Wisconsin Mr. and Mrs. Wherever You Happen To Be. We know that this weekly installment of Wisconsin history is a vital part of your week, and we take that responsibility very seriously. 741 more words


Day 1875: Tipping Point

At this point in my posts, I often define my terms.

tip·ping point

the point at which a series of small changes or incidents becomes significant enough to cause a larger, more important change.

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Personal Growth

“American life, in large cities, is a perpetual assault on the senses and the nerves; it is out of asceticism, out of unworldliness, precisely, that we bear it.”

—Joseph McCarthy.

Thought For Today

December 9, 1958: Taking Down the Names of Everybody Turning Left

Initially founded with only 11 lonely crackpots, the organization had by the early 1960s grown to nearly 100,000, each and every one of them searching nearby haystacks for concealed Communists.  256 more words

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