Aardy R. DeVarque (aardy) wrote,
Aardy R. DeVarque
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A somewhat timely political quote

Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism in making character assassinations are all too frequently those who, by our own words and acts, ignore some of the basic principles of Americanism --

The right to criticize;

The right to hold unpopular beliefs;

The right to protest;

The right of independent thought.

The exercise of these rights should not cost one single American citizen his reputation or his right to a livelihood... Otherwise none of us could call our souls our own. Otherwise thought control would have set in.

... Freedom of speech is not what it used to be in America. It has been so abused by some that it is not exercised by others. The American people are sick and tired of seeing innocent people smeared and guilty people whitewashed...

...[A] Republican regime embracing a philosophy that lacks political integrity or intellectual honesty would prove ... disastrous to this nation.... I don't want to see the Republican Party ride to political victory on the Four Horsemen of Calumny -- Fear, Ignorance, Bigotry and Smear.

I doubt if the Republican Party could -- simply because I don't believe the American people will uphold any political party that puts political exploitation above national interest. Surely we Republicans aren't that desperate for victory.

I don't want to see the Republican Party win that way. While it might be a fleeting victory for the Republican Party, it would be a more lasting defeat for the American people. Surely it would ultimately be suicide for the Republican Party and the two-party system that has protected our American liberties from the dictatorship of a one party system.


--Margaret Chase Smith (Republican Senator (1949-1973), Representative (1940-1948), and the first woman nominated for President at a major party's convention (1964)), "Declaration of Conscience" speech, 1950
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