This piece was sent to me by Harvey Lloyd.
Edward R. Murrow 1954
“No one familiar with the history of this country can deny that congressional committees are useful. It is necessary to investigate before legislating, but the line between investigating and persecuting is a very fine one, and the junior Senator from Wisconsin has stepped over it repeatedly. His primary achievement has been in confusing the public mind, as between the internal and the external threats of Communism. We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty.
“We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men—not from men who feared to write, to speak, to
associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular.“This is no time for men who oppose Senator McCarthy’s methods to keep silent, or for those who approve. We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result. There is no way for a citizen of a republic to abdicate his responsibilities. As a nation we have come into our full inheritance at a tender age. We proclaim ourselves, as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.“The actions of the junior Senator from Wisconsin have caused alarm and dismay amongst our allies abroad, and given considerable comfort to our enemies. And whose fault is that? Not really his. He didn’t create this situation of fear; he merely exploited it—and rather successfully.
Cassius was right: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”Donald Trump has called for “serious” meaning fascist style vetting of immigrants plus examining and condemning any ot their personal beliefs that he does not approve of. That is Nazi Germany in the egomaniac sheep’s ragged clothing.All freedom and democracy loving Americans must stand against this revival of the fascist Joseph McCarthy witch hunt in the last century which ruined hundreds if not thousands of the lives of decent American citizens.