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  •  Good rant, fine diary, but you're overlooking (18+ / 0-)

    something. Wisconsin is also the state that produced Sen. Joe McCarthy, who defeated Bob LaFollette Jr. to become senator in 1946. McCarthy was at the heart of the anti-Communist hysteria that swept the country during the early years of the Cold War. Millions supported him, and he was reelected in 1952 after two solid years of promoting the Red Scare.
    I mention him in part because he's part of recent WI history, too, and in part because the "have you no decency?" quote you reference was directed against Joe McCarthy by Joe Walsh, an attorney for the U.S. Army, during the Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954. Walsh was coming to the defense of a young associate who was the target of a smear campaign because of his association with the National Lawyers Guild when Walsh said to McCarthy, "Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"
    Those hearing marked the beginning of the end for McCarthy because they showed a national audience how far he overreached. But the reactionary strain that produced McCarthy is clearly not foreign to Wisconsin.
    (Let me note also for the record that the National Lawyers Guild, then and now, supports law created and implemented for the benefit of the people, not the profiteers.)

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    by peregrine kate on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 10:05:25 AM PST

    •  Great comment, (9+ / 0-)

      and you are absolutely right about both McCarthy, and the "decency" quote, although it was also famously later used by Ted Kennedy.

      In fact, I was thinking exactly that after I posted this. But by the time I was growing up, McCarthy was a bad memory in Wisconsin, and for many, many years it seemed he was aberrant to the state. But of course, the seeds of evil are always there, everywhere, and all it takes is a bad wind to blow them into the air again.

      Thanks for adding in with this.

      "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

      by StellaRay on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 10:18:05 AM PST

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    •  i believe that what triggered walsh's (7+ / 0-)

      challenge was when mccarthy "went there" with something that had been behind-the-scenes diplomatically settled as off limits -- the witness's homosexuality.

      To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

      by UntimelyRippd on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 10:45:13 AM PST

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      •  I think the innuendo was directed at a young (2+ / 0-)
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        lawyer in Welch's firm who was not even connected to the hearings.  McCarthy got NASTY when he was cornered...so good at throwing out the raw "meat" for "distraction."

        Now...who does THAT in FitzWalkerstan? Innuendo

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        by ranton on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 04:26:17 PM PST

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