The Army/McCarthy Hearings
The Army-McCarthy Hearings
"Until this moment, Senator, I think
I had never gauged your cruelty or your recklessness... little did I
dream you could be so reckless and so cruel as to do an injury to that
lad... I fear he shall always bear a scar needlessly inflicted by you.
If it were in my power to forgive you for your reckless cruelty, I would
do so. I like to think that I am a gentle man, but your forgiveness
will have to come from someone other than me. "
With these words, Joseph Welch, attorney for the U.S. Army, sharply focused the spotlight of national attention that television had brought to the hearings and exposed the vicious and malevolent manner in which Senator McCarthy conducted the proceedings.
us not assassinate this lad further, Senator.... Have you no sense of
decency, sir? At long last, have you no sense of decency?"
"McCarthy had done himself in with
his ugliness. "