Aardy R. DeVarque (aardy) wrote,
Aardy R. DeVarque

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Addendum to the quote from the "Declaration of Conscience" speech

I feel I should add, for proper context, that Senator Smith gave the speech I quoted on the floor of the Senate in direct response to the actions of Senator McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee.

When a diatribe against McCarthyism can be used exactly as is to describe your political campaign that well--simply by eliding mentions of "communists", "fascists", and the lousiness of the sitting Democratic president & Congress--then you have lost. If you then end up winning the election anyway without first cleaning up your campaign, then that would actually be--as Smith herself put it--a loss for the entire country. (For that matter, I'd say the same thing if the political parties involved were reversed--the problem is the aggressively negative activities, not the particulars of one's political affiliation.)

Feudalism: Serf & Turf
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