BIT OF AMERICANA!
Ralher than to quote, at this point,
a single Liberal spokesman, let me quote
virtually all of them. Let me quote the
president of the League of Women
Voters of Middletown, Indiana, the book
reviewer of the country weekly, the
minister of the local church, the professor of politics ai Harvard I niversity,
and the editor of the New York Times:
Ql 01 E: The fact remains that not one
conviction has resulted from thc activities of Senator McCarthy. It follows
that his career heis been useless.
I submit thai ibis bit of Americana is
as representative a Liberal statement as
any in our history emd thai it tells us
rather a lot about lhe Liberals' capacity for logical and meaningful thought.
\lle.w me lo analyze il by quoting Senator McCarthy himseli. Let me quote a
lew paragraphs from bis testimony last
summer before lhe Jenner Committee mi
congressional investigating procedures.
I quote now from a man who above all
others, lhe Liberals assure us, knows
"either how lo Ibink. nor what lo think.
Bearing this in mind, compare the quality of thought in Ihe ensuing words wilh
'heii embodied in the daily anti-McCarthy editorial or speech we all read or
Let me, at this point, [seiid Senator McCarthy to the Jenner Committee! address
iin-i'll ie. another prominent misapprehension, the effects of which l.e-eet down
up.... ui.' and our committee eis regular!)
as the' -ein rises. That is the' eternal wen
whoop: Hov, many convictions heeve- you
gotten? Nol many? Then it follows theit
your work heis been either unnecessar]
It is not tlie' Function of a congres
sional committee to get either indictments ur convictions. Frequently, committee week eleee-s lead down the path to the
Justice- Department But convictions most
often result from the activities of those
committees thai address themselves to
out-Snd-out lawbreaking *•*• to graft, corruption, income tax evasion, etc.
In the field of security, an Indictment
or a conviction is extremely hard to gel
—not because there are', seey. fewer Communists in this country than there' are
income tax evaders. IHut] a successful
Communist is precisely theit person who
is skilled in throwing you and nie off his
tracks. In self-defense, then, it became
the policy of the federal government tu
weed e.ut of government all persons eihout
whose' loyalty there is a reasonable doubt
—not just those persons who can definitely he established to he eige-nts uf the
The government dues not go on to
prosecute, nor sheeule! it—nor could it under the Constitution- the feele-iail employee
about whose loyalty there' is merely a
reasonable doubt: it is satialiia! to dismiss him From leeleaeel service. It heis
been mv principal concern, over the pasl
years, to reetit security risks oul of government and defense industries.
Mv chief concern hits not hea-n. in other
words, to bring to trial those responsible'
tor espionage and policy sabotage that
has already been committed, but rather
to prevent future espionage umi policy
sabotage. Every time a security risk is
e'ie'e'ted fiyem el sensitive agency of geive'in-
ment or a defense plant, a step has been
taken to guanl against the possibility of
future espionage. It is not as glamorous
eer eis spee'tae'ilhir to prevent a future Alger
Hiss from changing the course' of history
at a future Villa as it is l.i eletect an
Alger Hiss who did change the course "I
history eet ei past Yeiltei.
Rut I am more interested in preventing
Future Valtas than in punishing those
lee blame for past ones—even if this
inceens that I am not in a position to dangle' ei welter of -<5ilps in the' hue's ol my
critics who, for a reason I cannot hope to
—Wide World Photo
,. Senator Ralph Flanders (right) bonds Sen. Joe McCarthy written notice that he will ottack
?"" on the Senate floor. The presentation was made during Senate probe of the McCarthy-
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understand, seem to he saying that my
activities and these uf our committee are
not justified unless we- produce a daily
quota of traitors who have already stabbed
this nation in the back. It is nut enough,
it scetns. theel we' eire devoting ourselves to
insuring, as best we can, then she shall
not he Stabbed in the hack at some future moment.
There is more depth, more attention
to logical process, and a greater respect
for intelligence in these few paragraphs
than in volumes on lhe subject by the
most expensive Liberal educators, editors, and publicists.
I have given jusl a few illustrations of
representative Liberal logic, and move
now lo an examination of another category of Liberal thinking, still under the
broad heading of irrationality.
HOBGOBLIN OF LITTLE MINOS!
I have on several occasions heard Liberals patronizingly dismiss any complaint about their inconsistencies by
quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson. I think
il wets, who remarked thai "a foolish
consistency is tbe hobgoblin of little
minds." Emerson was right: but not so
the Liberals who lean on him so heavily.
If today we write a check on insufficient
funds, it would be foolish indeed if in
the future we were to bemoan the' "inconsistency" involved in writing cheeks
on existing deposits. Nor can any reasonable member of this community criticize a regenerated Louis Budenz for the
inconsistency of opposing, in 1951. the'
same dictatorship of the proletariat he
supported so ardently in 1911.
Just lhe same, consistency is nol ei
supernumerary virtue. For basically,
consistency is justice, anil therefore the
inconsistent man. or the man who tolerates or supports inconsistency, is an unjust man. The law, for example, seeking
justice, metes out the same penalty for
the same offense. The society that sen
tences one drunkard lo twenty-four
hours in jail and another In the electric
chair is unjust and could expect no
quarter from Mr. Emerson: but this is
the kind of inconsistency theit. due lo the
curious workings of his mind, time and
time again the Liberal is guilty of.
An example or two: Senator Ralph
Flanders gets up on the floor of Lhe
Senate and asks whether or nol an unnatural relationship between Roy Colin
and David Schine and Senator McCarthy
doesn't satisfactorily explain their behavior throughout the Army episode.
Good show. Ihe Liberals seem to sav. in
unison; and immediately the wheels
turn, the sabres flash, and before vou
know it our publicists have ground oul
a new folk hero the granite-faced, jut -
jetwe'il. tough-talking New England dragon-killer; Edward Murrow's taut face
momentarily relaxes ;is he smiling contemplates the essential goodness of man
and democracy, and lhe sophisticated
and calloused National Press Club in
Washington breaks precedent to give