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It's Time For Another Declaration of Conscience

Tuesday, June 02, 2020 10:52 AM | Heather Rabinowitz (Administrator)

Margaret Chase Smith (late Republican Senator from Maine) presented a classic speech 70 years ago. The GOP should reexamine it for some serious soul-searching.

As Senator Margaret Chase Smith of Maine boarded the Senate subway, she encountered the junior senator from Wisconsin, Joe McCarthy. “Margaret, you look very serious,” he said. “Are you going to make a speech?” Without hesitation, Smith replied: “Yes, and you will not like it!”

The parallels between McCarthyism and Trumpism are striking—although, in keeping with the times, Trumpian show trials take place on Twitter and the echo chamber of conservative opinionating on cable, talk radio, and the web.

Read Her Inspiring Speech Here


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