communism. It is time that we rea1
lhat our enemy is the mililarv forces
arrayed against us—and not lhe idea of
communism. We musl seek ways of eeis.
ing international tension and of bringing about a progressive demobilization
of all the great powers.
The Communists do exist. We cannol
ignore that fact or wish them out of
existence. We must learn lo exisl peacefully with them. .And there is no better
place to start than al home.
Thc principle of coexistence is sound.
^ on cannot defeat ideas bv annihilating
tin- people who bold them. Vie coexisl
»ith many evils—crime, juvenile delinquency, and slums—and no one heis suggested that we try to combat these by
wiping mil people.
This is not to imply that we do mil
Seed protection from internal subversion.
The .ADA proposal lhal we return to
the Constitution and give accused per-
*<>us an opportunity to confront their
accusers would give us the kind of in-
li-rnal security program we need—one
finch is effective, bul which meets the
demands of justice and fair play.
• • •
That was one side of the question.
Tlie other side will conic next.
Here are arguments of some who
IH) NOT believe that lhe FHI and
other investigating agencies should
He forced to disclose the identity of
confidential witnesses against persons who have been denied pnlilie
i-itiployiiienl heeeuise of suspected
• • •
1 generation ago. Americans looked
upon Communists as wild-eyed.
'""Illi-lhrow ing fanatics who were' dan-
Serous in a limited way. very much as a
'"ad dog is. bul. like a mad dog. casv In
''u-ntifv eunl dispose of.
Such people are indeed a danger lo
'le and limb as long as they are at
tjrge with weapons in their hands, bul
""■v represent no threal to the American
*4y of life-. They heivc no means of subverting the massive institutions of freedom in America, nor is there danger
'"at large numbers of people can be infected wilh their particular brand of
"•Sanity. Hut if you see the elite of our
Jfciety—the certified gentlemen of the
<aV. lhe scholars hrislling wilh college
"torees—doing the work that tbe crimi-
'[!1I revolutionary conspirators wanl
''one. you behold an odd and dangerous
, this is the phenomenon which we
?*ve been witnessing in tbe United
'"les for a number of years. The Combust parly, through ils official pub-
. Catioiis. has been crying lhat all nf the
*estigations of communism (all gov-
"iment security programs, all efforts
, tool oui subversion and treason in
toerican life) were destroying fVmeri-
ACTS FORUM NEWS, June, 1955
teria, and doing violent damage lo tl
nation. \o one in his right mind would
pay any attention to the Communisls for
seiv ing all of these things, anv more- theiu
he would sympathize with a gangster
who criticizes the police department for
arresting outlaws. But when the moderator of the Presbyterian Church in the
United Slates, namely, the Reverend
John Mackay, says publicly that anti-
Communists may he more dangerous
I ban Communists; when a leading
bishop of the Methodist Church, namely,
G. Bromley Oxnam, thunders comparable nonsense all over the country;
and when such as these have a support-
probably gel excited. If you knew this
gangster had plans to lake over llu- eiiv.
murder all decent citizens, and institute
a reign of terror, you would no doubt
be worried because vein saw him hanging around the city hall all the lime. If
you took this mailer up wilh lhe local
newspaper editor and the minister of
vour church, eiml they lambasted you
publicly as being an idiot, a reactionary,
and a troublemaker for mentioning the
condition, you might, even be excused
for going inin hysterics.
The American people rather e'eilmlv
—have been witnessing just ihis sort of
thing on a national scale for many
—Wide World Photo
Adlai Stevenson conferring with Ex-Emperor Bao Dai. now Vietnamese Chief of State, on
Viet Nam's political, economic and military problems, in 1953 when he made a weeklong tour
ing cast of the most influential intellectuals in our land (like, for example.
Edward I!. Murrow. Waller Lippmann,
Elmer Denis. Palmer lloyi of the Denver
Post, .lames Reston of the New York
Times. Ihe Alsop twins of lhe Tribune,
and almost anybody you can think of
in Time and Life) confusion is likely to
he compounded lo lhe point of producing public hysteria.
DISTORTED PICTURE PAINTED
Justice William 0. Douglas, and Adlai
Stevenson, and numerous other worthies
of their persuasion have been telling the
whole world lhal a blelck silence- of fear
heis settled upon ihe people of America,
and that we're all in a state of hysteria.
Thai is a strange picture for these
patriots to be painting of our land
strange, for one thing, because it is not
The American people arc not hysterical, and to say that much is to pay a
high tribute lo lhe American people.
If you saw tbe chief of police in your
, it\ in daily consultations wilh the
years. I In- Communists arc ihe bloodiest
gang of thugs the world has ever seen.
Thev have- a plan lo leike over this nation, murder eill decent citizens, and institute a reign of terror. Yel daily, we
see lhe leaders of our land in consultation with them, trying lo make good-
faith agreements on disarmament, planning big-power conferences, offering to
pool alomie energy resources with them,
and perpetually talking aboul peaceful
coexistence with them. For three long
years wc wen- regaled deiilv wilh stories
of Communist atrocities committed
against our soldiers |n Korea.
America's great liberals could, with
the greatest composure, read about
American soldiers -hoi in the hack of
lhe head or kicked off a road lo die in
Manchuria. But let some anti-Communist investigator in the Inited States
disclose the presence nf some suspected
Communist in a university or governmenl job. and lhe liberals erupt wilh
greal violence mil because uf ihe sus-
peclcil Communist, bul because of the
patriot who exposed him.
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