Skip to comments.Alger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason
Posted on 07/28/2012 2:35:15 AM PDT by iowamark
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With that negative view on McCarthy you shouldn’t be too ‘lonesome in Massachusetts’.
JOSEPH MCCARTHY - AMERICAN PATRIOT
Senator Joe McCarthy is one of the strongest pro-American figures in the history of the United States. Despite many attempts by socialists to demonize McCarthy and “McCarthyism” with revisionist history, McCarthy’s achievements shine through the propaganda. At a time when America was threatened by a murderous, backward, anti-freedom ideology of Soviet communism, Joseph McCarthy was a champion of capitalism and Democracy. Even when his career was threatened because of his vocal anti-communist speeches, McCarthy did not back down from the cause of freedom. For the courage Senator McCarthy showed in sticking to his American principles, he is today considered to be a hero by many.
Joseph McCarthy was born in 1908 in a small Wisconsin town. In 1935 he earned a law degree from Marquette University and was admitted to the state bar. After an unsuccessful district attorney campaign in 1936, McCarthy was elected to district judge in 1939, becoming the youngest judge in Wisconsin state history.
After America was attacked on December 7th, 1941, Joseph McCarthy enlisted in the Marine Corps. He served his country honorably, flying eleven missions and earning a Distinguished Flying Cross award. While on duty, McCarthy made a hasty attempt at a US Senate campaign in 1944 but was defeated by Alexander Wiley. Determined to reverse his fortune, McCarthy again ran for Senate in 1946. This time McCarthy’s campaign was much better planned and he found success, narrowly defeating the Republican incumbent candidate in the primary and going on to easily win the general election.
In the late 1940s, Russian spies infiltrated the deepest levels of the US government, including the Rosenbergs who had stolen the plans to the nuclear bomb. America was threatened by a ruthless enemy in Soviet Communism that would not stop until the world was enslaved. When Senator Joseph McCarthy learned of the Russian infiltration of Washington, DC, he was determined to take the evidence public to the American people.
In his famous speech on February 9th, 1950, McCarthy brought public a list of 57 known communists working for the state department. These revelations took the American public by storm. Out of all the Senators and public figures in Washington, only McCarthy had the courage to stand up against communist infiltration. It was a deed that McCarthy’s leftist critics would never forgive him for.
For the next four years, Senator Joseph McCarthy stood undeterred against the strong socialist influence in Washington, exposing literally hundreds of anti-American operatives working incognito for the US Government. The American people generally appreciated McCarthy’s brave efforts and he was well-liked all across America.
McCarthy’s enemies also followed his activities with a strong interest. Determined to stop McCarthy from spreading the truth about their communist agenda, many anti-American Hollywood insiders found willing accomplices in the budding liberal media. These propaganda-mongers added a new word to the dictionary, defining “McCarthyism” as a senseless political witch hunt. In fact, McCarthy had exposed scores of known communists in the capital without a single known false accusation. Joseph McCarthy’s critics were never interested in the truth however.
The leftist counter-offensive against McCarthy was beginning to take its toll in late 1953. Many Senators became fed up with McCarthy’s showmanship as the liberal media relentlessly launched baseless attacks against his character. On a dark day in American history in December 1954, American hero and patriot Joseph McCarthy was censured by the US Senate.
Following his censure, McCarthy sunk into alcoholism from which he never recovered. He died of hepatitis on May 2nd, 1957 at the age of 49.
Even after his death, McCarthy’s critics continued to crucify him posthumously. Not satisfied with merely ruining a man’s career and driving him to alcoholic suicide, the liberal media courageously dragged McCarthy’s name through the mud for the next fifty years, continuing to this day. Leftists have never forgiven McCarthy for his crime of exposing them for who they truly are, inventing phrases like “The Red Scare” to demean McCarthy’s anti-communist efforts.
The VENONA Project files, declassified in 1995, provided indisputable evidence that nearly all of those McCarthy accused were traitors to America. Not surprisingly, the media ignored these documents completely, instead choosing to run yet another round of anti-McCarthy propaganda. As if that wasn’t enough, in 2005 Hollywood released the greatest propaganda film since “Triumph of the Will”, an anti-McCarthy slander picture known as “Good Night and Good Luck”. Dead for fifty years, McCarthy’s body has now been tarred, feathered, crucified, cremated, and his ashes shot into space by a leftist media who cannot handle the truth of their own miserable existence. The anti-McCarthy media claims the Senator wrongly implicated many. Despite their accusations, no critic has ever brought forth a single documented case of someone being wrongly accused by McCarthy.
McCarthy’s achievements to America are undeniable to those that view history with an unbiased eye. At a time when America was being infiltrated by agents of the most murderous empire in human history, McCarthy was the lone voice who stood against tyranny. He exposed hundreds of agents determined to destroy America. Had McCarthy not had the courage to speak up, it seems possible that the USSR might still exist today. Hundreds of thousands of Eastern Europeans who once lived under the Soviet fist today owe their freedom to Senator McCarthy.
McCarthy’s patriotism cost him his job and eventually his life. For his determination in protecting American freedom, Joseph McCarthy is undoubtedly an American hero and patriot.
I view it from the conservative stand point. I feel McCarthy’s personal shortcomings resulted in more harm than good to the country. He made anti-communism disreputable.
Christina Shelton: The most important evidence in recent years on Hiss's role as a Soviet spy was revealed in KGB files and Hungarian state security records. The KGB archival material represents a significant breakthrough in shedding light on the KGB's extensive penetration of the US government during the 1930s and 1940s. In 1993, former KGB official Alexander Vassiliev was given access to KGB files. After he defected, he had a friend send his notebooks of transcribed KGB documents to him. Based on this material, John Earl Haynes, Harvey Klehr, and Vassiliev wrote Spies: the Rise and Fall of the KGB in America (2009). Even though the material was from KGB files, there was some information on the GRU's asset, Hiss. In some cables, Hiss's cover name was used, in others his name was cited in clear text. (Hiss had several cover names, among them 'Jurist,' 'Leonard,' and 'Ales.') One of the most damning KGB cables included a March 1950 document that noted "the trial of the GRU agent 'Leonard' (Hiss) a division chief at the State Department and member of 'Karl's group' (Chambers), had ended in his conviction at the beginning of 1950." Hiss was convicted in January 1950. It doesn't get clearer than that!He should have gone to the gallows.
Poll- Seeing that she is about my age, I’m in my mid-60s I’d say yes. However Paul Kengor is doing good work with his book on Frank Marshall Davis.
On the whole McCarthys efforts were probably counter-productive. We would have been better served by someone whose *tone* was moderate, but who was persistent. McCarthy made reckless charges which he could not back up, even if they were true.
....HORSEHOCKEY.... you don’t know your history. Anyone would have been smeared like Joe for opposing the most valuable Soviet asset by the communist controlled media and fellow travellers. Everything Joe shared was true and factual and that’s WHY he was mercilessly attacked. Read M. Stanton Evan’s Blacklisted by History for the full facts from archives...you commentary is the pure liberal lie. Joe did more than anyone in the 50s to out spies. He deserves the credit even today.
McCarthy, IMNSVHO, was thrown many low=level communists as sacrificial lambs. The top level Communist agents, fellow travellers, agents of influence and infiltrators did not often carry party cards (as in card-carrying Communist) "Card-carrying Communists," were likely to be the dispensible stooges.
Because the communist infiltration was so successful ... and because the Venona Papers were still classified and not even generally known in the intelligence community, McCarthy never laid a glove on the top commies. Iron Commie Control of the MSM and the upper reaches of the Democrat Party certainly helped.
McCarthy, like James Jesus Angleton long after him, was stymied by successful Soviet counter-intelligence. So yes, McCarthy is a hero on a par with some of the Founding Fathers. And yes, his results were certainly not all they could have been.
Counterproductive? No. His efforts woke up the public. Betrayed ... by a compliant media and the Democrat Party Leadership. Most certainly.
Thanks for the ping. I like her explanation of Hiss as a true believer in the communist dream and their doctrine that any means to advance communism is justified. The same is no doubt true of Frank Marshall Davis and Bill Ayers and many other modern communists and covert communists.
The foundations appear to have been engaged in a project to merge the U.S. and the USSR.
However, I increasingly think it is a mistake to see American Communists as directed from Moscow. They were pursuing their own agenda. In some ways, they didn't see themselves as clients of Moscow. Rather, they saw Moscow as *their* client state.
Indeed, Marxism was a Western export to Russia.
New England Communism / Progressivism is a far more sophisticated variety than Soviet Communism.
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