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McCarthy Was Right!

February 10, 2010 by  

On Feb. 9, 1950, Senator Joseph McCarthy (R.-Wisc.) gave a Lincoln’s Birthday speech in Wheeling, W.V., in which he asserted that scores of communists had infiltrated the U.S. State Department.

His charges, far from causing a nationwide fervor of anti-communist hysteria, as his critics have alleged, went mostly unnoticed at the time. Just two weeks earlier, Alger Hiss, then and now the darling of the left, was convicted of two counts of perjury for lying about being a spy for the Soviet Union. He was sentenced to life in prison.

We now know for certain, thanks to documents discovered in Moscow after the collapse of communism there, that McCarthy was, if anything, understating the case; and that Hiss was guilty of far more than perjury. He was a conscious and deliberate traitor to his country.

For nearly six decades, the left has conducted a relentless smear campaign against the junior senator from Wisconsin, making his name a symbol of irresponsible extremism. For an excellent account of what really did happen, get Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies, by M. Stanton Evans.

Truth may not forever be on the scaffold, nor deceit firmly on the throne. But for Joe McCarthy, who should be hailed as a genuine American hero, it certainly seems that way.

—Chip Wood

Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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  • realbigal

    Good article, Chip. Even M. Stanton Evans didn’t know all of the important details about the McCarthy “crusade”. Senator McCarthy was just a typical U.S. Senator who was a Republican from Wisconsin. When he first took office he probably did not know any more about the Communist threat and internal subversion than any other typical Senator. The man who got Senator McCarthy started on his “crusade” was General Kirk Lawton.

    I knew General Lawton for several years when he lived in Athol, MA (the hometown of Lysander Spooner). He was a wonderful old man at that time and we visited often with mutual friends. In the years just prior to his death he fianlly began to reveal things that he had refused to comment on in all the years before that. I now regret that I didn’t take the initiative to record everything and write a book or magazine article to finally bring out the whole story of Senator McCarthy’s involvement. I had urged General Lawton to do so, but he just did’t have the desire or the energy. And who could blame him. Few people know about what he previously had to endure because of his role.

    General Lawton was the Commandant (?) at Fort Monmouth in New Jersey. He was very much a by-the-rulebook military man. When he discovered security leaks at Fort Monmouth, he reported everthing in a timely and objective manner through the proper military chain of command. The resistance and harassment that he got in response totally stunned him. So he decided to inform the appropriate legislative committee. That’s where Senator McCarthy was, and the rest is history. Too bad that much of the detail has been lost. General Lawton knew many things that have never become public knowledge, and I regret not having done more to get him to chronicle those details. Suffice it to say that the espionage and traitor situation was much worse than anyone thinks. Senator McCarthy didn’t know the half of it, and he understated the situation. General Lawton went to his grave mourning for America.

    • http://none Chip Wood

      Thanks, realbigal, for the personal story about Gen. Lawton. I always enjoy getting even more of the story. Now, please forgive me for asking, but is your pen name “real big al”? Or “real bi gal”?

      Chip Wood

  • bargal

    We all know that the present President is trying his best to down grade the America we all in our 60′s and older once knew so why don’t we start going after the little guy on the hill? Break him thus taking us on to the bigger fish. Certainly the little guy is in on the deceit that is going on against the American people and just like street justice, if you take out the little guy the big ones will eventually have to fold their hands as they will have no backers to carry the ball for them.

  • http://msn liz

    Joseph McCarthy ruined more lives than you can count with his hearings
    accusing people who had done no wrong as being spies! I am in my seventies and can assure you he was exposed ,I believe by Edward R murrow on radio by playing the tapes of the hearings at which he
    conducted his witch hunts!
    Don’t take my word for it! Check the facts!

    • http://guncontrol Eileen Barayasarra

      Liz, I also am in my seventies and I do not believe he went far enough. Some very powerful people got him stopped as they did not want to be exposed. If he had gone farther, Hollywood would not be the cesspool it is today and perhaps our politicians would be cleaner also.

    • Mark LaRochelle

      Liz: After reviewing McCarthy’s cases and what we know about them today, Evans asks: If McCarthy, as you say, “ruined more lives than you can count,” name one.

      Edward R. Murrow was a fraud. The case he used to smear McCarthy was that of Pentagon code clerk Annie Lee Moss, whom Murrow presented as a case of mistaken identity. As the Subversive Activities Control Board revealed in 1958, Moss was indeed a secret member of the Communist Party of Washington, DC, just as FBI undercover operative Mary Markward had testified before the McCarthy subcommittee. But this had been known even to subcommittee Democrats at the time, as the FBI had briefed Sen. Henry “Scoop” Jackson (D-WA) on the matter. See M. Stanton Evans, Blacklisted by History, p. 534.

      No wonder, as Arthur Schlesinger wrote, when Murrow spoke at a 1955 banquet honoring Robert F. Kennedy, Kennedy, who had served as assistant council to the McCarthy subcommittee, “grimly walked out.”

      • libertytrain

        Mark LaRochelle – interesting – I’m looking forward to reading/learning more about McCarthy from this new perspective.

  • Jon

    We need to find a new Senator with intestinal fortitude to do same now. In our Government and educational institutions you can find many and their aimless sheep that follow them. Jon

  • thefedupamerican

    Isn’t it interesting that those labeled ‘extremists’ in this country are almost always on the right. You never hear the main stream media talk about ‘extremism’ in conjunction with Leftist concerns, only conservative ones.

  • Marie Speer

    I lived in Washington during McCarth’s time, and I saw first hand what was going on. He was RIGHT! The media killed him. Yes, he drank too much, but drinking never killed a good fighting Irishman. After he was thoroughly battered by Congress and the media, I attended a rally in Constitution Hall organized by his friends; yes, he still had many friends. The building was packed, with loud chants of “There’s nobody for McCarthy but the people, and we just love our Joe.” And those people chanting for him did not need tele-prompters.

  • http://tonisopinions Antoinette L. Knowles

    I barely remember Mr.McCarthy hearings. I do remember that many people in Hollywood were called before his commission and as a result, were denied work for years. Yet today, some people are assumed to be of the same thinging and people seem to just shrug their shoulders. I dislike the actions of the Congress and write my representives in Congress about my concerns. The White House is full of radicals. I wondered why President Obama changed his first name from Barry to Barack and, what a surprise, the meaning of Barack is blessed. With his chin so high in the air President Obama can’t see the destruction he is causing. Sweep out his minons and the stupid Democrat Congress.

    • John Tyner

      Antoinette, where did you discover the president changed his name from Barry to Barack? Thanks.

      • Lester Havens

        Watch Fox News, specifically, Glenn Beck. I learned that Obama changed his first name from Barry to Barack from Glenn Beck.

      • Gina

        He was adopted by his Indonesian Stepfather Lolo Soetoro. His name was Barry Soetoro.

    • Mark LaRochelle

      Ms. Knowles: The hearings on Stalin’s covert attempt to seize control of Hollywood via unions such as the Screen Writers’ Guild were held before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC), a committee of the House of Representatives. McCarthy never served on HUAC, and in fact never served in the House. Senator McCarthy served in the Senate, where he was chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, a subcommittee of the Committee on Government Operations. The Hollywood hearings were held in 1947; McCarthy did not even enter the fray until 1950.

      Incidentally, all ten of the “Hollywood Ten” are now known to have been Communists who lied about it. One of them, Dalton Trumbo, a hard-core Stalinist who served with Alger Hiss as ghostwriter for Secretary of State Edward R. Stettinius at the founding conference of the United Nations, actually ratted out to HUAC fellow screenwriters whom he suspected of Trotskyite (i.e., anti-Stalinist) sympathies. The committee chairman at the time was Rep. Samuel Dickstein (D-NY), a paid Soviet agent code-named “Crook.”

    • Lester Havens

      I remember, very distinctly, the McCarthy hearings and in some ways they did damage innocent people. However, he was right in that the government at that time was riddled with Communists. What puzzles me is the total disregard by the people who elected Obama, his background of very liberal and far out left wing agendas. I saw through this pretender to the Presidency back in the Summer of 2008 and what I thought of him he has proven to be true. He has no regard for the American people and is an elitist to the nnth degree. He has no regard for the U.S. Constitution and neither do all his cronies that he has appointed to positions in his administration. None of them are competent to do the job to which they have been appointed. We need another McCarthy to clean out the stench that is now emanating from Washington.

      • Mark LaRochelle

        Mr. Havens: In his book Blacklisted by History, M. Stanton Evans reviews McCarthy’s cases and what we know about them today, then asks: If McCarthy “in some ways… did damage innocent people,” name one.

  • John J. Callahan

    I also am 72 years old, and I thought Sen. McCarthy did a great service for this country.
    Regarding the administration in Washington, all the information
    about Obama was out there for all to see. His radical ideas, his
    association with radical groups, (Acorn, Weather Underground, etc ).
    Yet the people blindly, led by the ultra-left press, voted this
    creature in office. With him, we also have a bunch of Marxists
    in the White House.
    If this situation does not change with the Nov. 2010 election,
    we are in big, big trouble as a Nation. It might just be time
    to take another look at the Declaration of Independence, and
    do some thinking about what happened in 1775, and 1776.
    This is the peoples Country. It is time for the people to wake
    up, and relearn the founding principles this nation was built
    Someone once said, “the people deserve the government they
    get”. I believe it!
    Look at our elections. Most people of voting age, do not even
    I have ranted on for too long now, so I will stop here.

  • Richard

    A friend sent me this a few hours ago. You might find it worth listening to. This interview was conducted a few months before the elderly gentleman died (over 25 years ago). It has more significance today than it did then.

  • Wildcat from Dallastown, PA

    I only remember the McCarthy story from what was presented in school, even if it was then, it wasn’t much. Most of what I do remember was the “witch hunt” version of events which included the Hollywood disdain due to several actors having been black listed.

    Later in my adult life I remember the Alger Hiss situation during one or more facets of special briefings concerning working around classified information and equipment. Later they incorporated more current traitors like the one who was selling cryptographic codes etc. used by our navy to the Soviets for years. Having been around (at different times) government employees with access to sensitive information I strongly suspect there is more susceptibility now than before due to policy changes relative to background checks (inaccurate ones due to lack of quality control) and the miniaturization of devices easily capable to do spy like tasks. Even kids in school, both high school and college have developed ways to cheat using camera enabled cell phones. Jump drives and other devices can be difficult to thwart even more than camera enabled cell phones.

    I agree with a few of the other comments relating the need to look at and vigorously investigate what is going on in Washington D. C. now. Far too many known un-American people in at least two branches of our government much less the Czars! We need a team of special prosecutors to coordinate and descend on Congress and the White House and the Czars dotcha’s to investigate just where they came from, their complete background and what they are doing. Not only should our elected representatives be checked out, but their staff members too. We also need to have more than one agency conduct security background investigations on this group. If they fail the same background investigation checks required to pass to be granted a security clearance for the level of access they would need to serve in their capacity they should be terminated and not allowed to run for or hold public office in the future. If any adverse information is collaborated that could be used to subvert their actions against the United States of America then they should be suspended without pay and appear before a special board of ethics comprised of judges as determined by way of a duty roster established and maintained by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Of course that implies that our judges have no bias and are true Americans. Those of us who have been to court know otherwise which means they would have to pass the same tests without fail or be impeached.

    • Marc de Piolenc

      Respectfully disagree with Wildcat on one point. If we are to continue to have a constitutional republic, we can’t let the permanent bureaucracy filter our elected officials, which is what would happen if a security check were made a condition of eligibility for elective office. The people must always be free to choose their servants, whether the ‘crats like them or not. Instead, we need to go back to the original meaning of the word CANDIDATE, from the Latin candidare, to reveal oneself. People who expect my vote had better be willing to allow themselves to be scrutinized, and to do all that is in their power to facilitate the process – in other words, the exact opposite of what Obama and his fellow-travelers are doing. The people are, and should remain free to vote for them no matter what turns up, but by the same token the more sensible electorate should be free to assume the worst if a candidate spends a million dollars obscuring his record.

  • Charley

    Thanks Richard for the Norman Dodd interview on YOUTUBE.
    It’s sad our country is ending up like this. We seen to be a gullable
    group of people. I hope and prey we can wake up. I don’t see the Dem’s or GOP on the peoples side. The Marxism is so far into us now.
    And CAIR And Muslims have infiltrated us in all area’s of Gov.

  • Steven Mark Pilling

    Like most of the commenters here, I grew up being inculcated in the “witch hunt” legend of Joseph McCarthy. The eventual tip-off for me that this overall story was inaccurate was the plain fact that NOT ONE ASPECT of his life was not vilified by his detractors. Even Hitler got better press!
    The story of “Tail Gunner Joe” highlights this. As a Marine captain in WWII, McCarthy was a valued specialist in photo-reconnaisance interpretation. Time and again, he was frustrated in his attempts to locate key Japanese installations due to the untrained naval aviators who flew the missions. Therefore- and in defiance of orders not to risk himself- Captain McCarthy flew a number of times so he could direct the pilot over suspicious areas. As the missions were flown in antiquated 2-seat torpedo planes, McCarthy took the tail gunner position- which was also the camera operator’s. In that endeavor, he helped spot well camoflaged positions prior to Marines landing, thereby saving the lives of many fellow Marines. He also fought off more than one attack on his aircraft by Japanese fighters. For this, he was awarded a personal citation by none other than Admiral Nimitz, the Theater Commander. (He couldn’t be given a medal, as he had disobeyed orders!)
    Yet, per the press and Hollywood, the myth was concocted that he had fabricated it all by shooting coconuts off a tree from a grounded aircraft while drunk. He deserved the Distinguished Service Medal.


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