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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 6, June 1955 - File 026. 1955-06. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 19, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/1539/show/1495.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 6, June 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 6, June 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Contributor
  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date June 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript ■ probably come nexl when it occurs to some enterprising anti-Communist that here would be the ideal place to nip communism in the bud. Countless respected Americans are accused of "following the Communist line." The charge is hysterical and absurd. The total circulation of all Communist publications in the United States is scarcely more than twenty thousand. Through (heir little publications and their front organizations, the Communists may influence a few non-Communists to support some of their proposals. Rut it is phvsicallv impossible for great numbers of people, schools, papers, and churches to be following the Communist line, as has been charged by irresponsible crackpots. The self-styled anti-Communists are doing infinitely more damage than the little handful of card-carrying Communists could possibly do. The Communists could not possibly create as much disruption, suspicion, distrust, and general demoralization as that which is being promoted bv the anti-Communist mania. The morale of whole government departments has been destroyed. Federal employees are afraid to take any action, make any recommendation, express any opinion—lesl they he accused of being "Communists." Department heads are afraid to protect innocenl subordinates. No Communisl or group of Communists could make the shambles of our executive departments that has been accomplished hv the so-called "anti-Communists."' The Hitler-like operations of those who pose eis anti-Communists have- made lhe United Stale's ridiculous in the eves of the world. Europe is well acquainted with these Fascist techniques from hitler experience—and it doesn't like them. What are wc lo sav when such outstanding Americans as Eleanor Roosevelt and Adlai Stevenson, traveling abroad, have to confess to foreigners that Americans are divided wilh fear and distrust of one another? How humiliating Mrs. Roosevell must have found it when she had to apologize to Marshal Tito for lhe antics of Joe McCarthy! How can we explain to thc world our frenzied campaigns of book burning? ROADBLOCKS IN PATH TO UNITY One of lhe mosl serious effects of the destructive efforts of crusading anti- Communists is the wedge they are perpetually driving between us and our allies. It is almost as if these ilissiilcnl elements were deliberately Irving In divide the free world for the Kremlin. When they are not looking in the Bureau of Fish and \\ ildlife feir scheming Communist organizers, they are throwing roadblocks in the path of every attempt Page 24 —Wide World Photo Sen. Hubert Humphrey lo build international unity and collective security. Even the President of tbe United States cannot protect government employees who em- attacked by congressional investigators hiding under the cloak of congressional immunity. Equally defenseless are the countless individuals not in government service— workers, teachers, actors, newspapermen, and even ministers of lhe dispel who .in' ruthlessly driven out of employment by wild and sensational accusations. Witnesses are forced to plead the Fifth Amendment- innocent people who dare nol declare their innocence for fear that a paid informer like Harvey Matusow will he dredged up lo send them to jail. Then these innocent persons .ne labeled "Fifth Amendment Communists," convicted, and fired from their jobs. Men who an' dead and cannot defend themselves are smeared in lhe reports of investigating committees. Old material thai has been adjudged inconclusive by et former Presidenl anil bis top advisers is dug out of Fill files in an attempt to make the smear stick. This condition has lasted too long. It heis become a national disgrace. It heis grievously hurt many innocenl people: and it has done grave damage lo the reputation of .America in lhe eyes of lhe world. The quickest eunl surest way lo cornet it is to require informers to stand up and he counted. If someone burning wilh patriotism thinks he has information about a so- called Communist conspiracy, he ought In he willing to make a public disclosure. If he knows aboul some dangerous Communist hidden in an importanl job. lei him conic before proper authorities, take an oath, face the person he is accusing, and spell out his accusation. Surely this requirement would nol discourage the real patriots who say they arc dedicating their lives lo fighting communism and saving Americanism. ROUTE TO OBLIVION It would, however, pul ei eletmper on lhe malicious gossips, paid stool pigeons, eiml professional crackpots whose live- arc dedicated to slander, All of these would go slinking off into the oblivion where Ihev belong. The great witch-hunt would come to an end. emd if we could solve this distressing internal problem- we might clear the atmosphere enough for our superpatriots to sec lhe reed danger theit threatens America Imleiv. America is in no danger from llu' vague, nebulous idea of communism. The danger lo our nation lies In tin massive armed might of the Soviel bio'' of neiiieens. li is ilijs force lhal threatens the free world not lhe philosophy 01 1, ['■'led -Wide, World P<">'° Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt spent three days visiting with Yugoslav President Tito at his sum'116'' estate during her world tour in 1953. FACTS FORUM NEWS, June, '"'; Aril'-ric
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