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Welch (left) being questioned by McCarthy - 1954
JOE McCARTHY vs JOE WELCH: THE REAL STORY
By Mike King
Whenever a man of true accomplishment ventures out beyond
his field of expertise; he runs the risk of falling into the trap of superficiality and inserting his foot in his mouth. And
so it is, once again, with the esteemed anti-Establishment economist and columnist/blogger, Paul Craig Roberts.
After having twice been previously corrected by your favorite alternative historian here over erroneous statements regarding
the meaning of 'Deutschland Uber Alles' (here), and the Soviet-German war within World War II (here) -- Roberts has repeated a big lie about the late great anti-Communist
Senator, Joseph McCarthy (R-WI).
So, with all love and due respect, it's back to the woodshed we go.
Dr. Roberts; this is going to hurt me
more than it does you.
In his otherwise excellent column titled, 'Putin Calls Out
Washington', Dr. Roberts, perhaps seeking to show the world that he is not such an "extremist", briefly detours
into la la land by making a weird analogy to the Army-McCarthy hearings of 1954. He writes:
question reminds me of the question Joseph Welch asked witch-hunting Senator Joseph McCarthy: “Have you no
sense of decency?” Welch’s question is attributed with initiating the decline of McCarthy’s
First and foremost, as long-since declassified U.S. Intelligence
documents and long-since opened Soviet archives have completely confirmed; Joe McCarthy was not
a "witch-hunter". Indeed, even many liberal historians have had to readjust their positions regarding what we now
know was a substantial penetration of the U.S. government by Communist subversives (originally aided and abetted by FDR) . The overall subject
is too vast to adequately cover in this piece. Highly recommended and authoritative books on the matter are 'The Venona
Intercepts' by Eric Breindel; and 'Blacklisted by History' by M. Stanton Evans.
These two well researched books that set the record straight about the shocking
level of the Communist subversion of the 1940's - 1950's. "Witch-hunt" my a - -!
The specific event which we will
focus on here is Roberts' gross misinterpretation of Joe
Welch's legendary, immortalized, and so bloody damn cliched retort to Joe McCarthy -- “Have you no sense of decency, Sir?”
Given Roberts' reference to the hearings as a "witch-hunt", we may logically infer that he is agreement
with Welch's theatric accusation that McCarthy was lacking in "decency". But had Roberts taken the time to dig a
bit deeper - to see the overall context of the event - he would have clearly seen that McCarthy's questioning of
Welch (Attorney for the Army) was
neither out of order nor outside the boundaries of "decency", at all! To the contrary, it was Welch who
raised his voice, turned hostile and displayed "indecency."
hearings came about due to McCarthy's allegations of Red penetration of the Army and the Army's counterattacks upon McCarthy's
staff. Joseph Welch was a partner at Hale and Dorr, the Boston law firm hired to represent the Army.
Prior to the start of the hearings, Welch
had tapped Fred Fisher as the junior attorney to assist him during the hearings.
It was soon discovered that Fisher, while in Harvard Law school,
had joined the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) - a
Communist front organization if ever there was one! (here)
McCarthy was understandably suspicious over the fact that the Army's chosen
law firm tried to assign a Communist - or at least a Communist sympathizer / "fellow traveler" - to confront and
confound a Senate Committee tasked with exposing Communists within the ranks of the very government which the Army
is supposed to answer to. (Welch had to withdraw Fisher from the case.)
In a very
calm and civil tone (video down below), McCarthy (an ex-Judge) questioned Welch about his Communist boy
Fisher. That's when the grand-standing Welch, animated and agitated, put on the self-righteous and aggressive victimization
act which the press, court historians, and Hollywood have made so famous.
1- Point of Order
(1964) - Cherry-picked clips of the Army-McCarthy hearings include “Have
you no sense of decency, Sir?”
2- Tail Gunner Joe (1977) Burgess Meredith played Joe Welch in a badly distorted TV movie about the Army-McCarthy
hearings. -- “Have you no sense of decency, Sir?”
McCarthy of "recklessness" and "cruelty" -- accusations which stick to this day. But was Joe McCarthy
really being "reckless" and "indecent" in his exchange with Attorney Welch? You decide!
Welch vs McCarthy
EXCERPT FROM THE EXCHANGE
McCarthy has asked Welch about Fred Fisher and his membership in the Communist
Until this moment, Senator, I think I have never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness. Fred Fisher is a young
man who went to the Harvard Law School and came into my firm and is starting what looks to be a brilliant career with us.
Little did I dream you could be so reckless and so cruel as to do an injury to that lad. It is true he is still with Hale
and Dorr. It is true that he will continue to be with Hale and Dorr. It is, I regret to say, equally true that I fear he
shall always bear a scar needlessly inflicted by you. If it were in my power to forgive you for your reckless cruelty I
would do so. I like to think I am a gentleman, but your forgiveness will have to come from someone other than me.
McCarthy: May I say
that Mr. Welch talks about this being cruel and reckless. He was just baiting -- he has been baiting Mr. Cohn (McCarthy's
legal assistant) for hours ----- now I just give this man's (Fisher's) record, and I want to say Mr. Welch, that is
has been labeled long before he became a member (of Welch's law firm), as early as 1944...
Welch: Senator, may we not drop this? We know he belonged to the Lawyers
Guild. Let us not assassinate this lad further, Senator. You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir?At long last, have you left no sense of decency?
McCarthy:Mr. Welch talks about any sense of decency. It seems that Mr. Welch is pained so deeply -- he
thinks it is improper for me to give the record - the Communist front record - of a man whom he wanted to foist upon this
-- Mr.Welch, if I have said anything here which
is untrue, then tell me. I have heard you and everyone else talk so much about laying the truth on the table.
then tries to ask Welch another question about Fisher. The combative Welch, invoking God, quickly interrupts:
Mr. McCarthy, I will not discuss this further with you. You have sat within six feet of me and could have asked
me about Fred Fisher. You have seen fit to bring it out. And if there is a God in Heaven it will do neither you nor your
cause any good. I will not discuss it further. I will not ask Mr. Cohn any more questions. You, Mr. Chairman, may, if you
will, call the next witness.
Now, I ask you, Dr. Roberts, and dear reader -- what was so "cruel" -- what was so "indecent"
about Senator McCarthy wanting to get to the bottom of the mystery of how and why a Communist lawyer was assigned to represent
the U.S. Army during hearings indirectly related to the exposure of Stalin's Red moles? (Stalin had only recently died.) One must admit -- it is a bit troubling, no, mind-boggling, is it not? Why
did Welch over-react and turn so defensive? Answer: Because he was busted - that's why!
The following day, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and
the rest of the Piranha Press followed "hero" Welch's lead and denounced McCarthy for his "tactics". Typical!
All throughout the Army-McCarthy hearings - which
really scared the phony "anti-Communist" President / ex-General Eisenhower - the press smeared McCarthy and misrepresented
all the testimonies.
the other hand, Welch, the slick sophist and defender of Communists, was hyped up as a heroic fighter for freedom
and human rights!
The Communist Fred Fisher went on to become a full partner at Welch's Hale and Dorr. In 1973–74, he served as president of the Massachusetts Bar Association. In 1989, he died in Israel, (cough-cough) where he was lecturing.
Joseph Welch, that big-mouth drama queen with
the nasty demeanor, became a living legend of the left -- even playing a judge in the film Anatomy of a Murder (1959).
His wife, Agnes, was also cast in the film, as a juror. He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Welch also narrated two television shows before his death in 1960.
And what of the great, the good and the misunderstood Joseph McCarthy? President
Eisenhower, working behind the scenes, eventually had the anti-Communist hearings killed and McCarthy censured by his Senate
colleagues (prominent among them being Senator Prescott Bush - patriarch of that vile Bush Family Dynasty). The "disgraced"
Senator McCarthy died of a very suspicious and sudden death (poison?) in 1957. He was just 48.
In terms of inducing pure revulsion and hatred, McCarthy's name
ranks second only to that of Adolf Hitler -- which tells us all we need to know about both men! As the Roman
poet-philosopher Ausonius once observed, "Truth is the mother of hatred."
1- Eisenhower and Bush (and many others) plotted to destroy McCarthy before his investigations
could reach up to the New World Order bosses who were ultimately behind the lower-level Communist penetration.
2- Acting in a film came naturally to a phony poser like Joe Welch.
3- "This must be the product of a great conspiracy, a conspiracy on a scale so immense as to
dwarf any previous such venture in the history of man." - Joe McCarthy
. 1- A libtard named Michael Leon urinates on the grave of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy in St. Mary's Cemetery - Appleton,
WI. -- a common practice among area Communists & Libtards. (here)
McCarthy's Senate seat is held today by Commie-Pinko lesbian Tammy Baldwin.
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