It was 62 years ago today when Senator Joseph McCarthy was famously rebuked by Joseph Welch, chief counsel for the United States Army, which was under attack by “Tailgunner” Joe during the height of the Red Scare of the ’50s:
“You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”
McCarthyism led to many good people being blacklisted in their chosen professions, including the most well-known, the Hollywood 10. The WikiWackyWoo has a list of the Victims of McCarthy, which is still not exhaustive. You may not know many of the names on that list, but it includes such notables as Lucille Ball, Elmer Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein, Bertolt Brecht, Luis Buñuel, Charlie Chaplin, Aaron Copland, Howard Da Silva, Dolores del Río, W.E.B. Du Bois, Albert Einstein, John Garfield, Jack Gilford, Allen Ginsberg, Ruth Gordon, Lee Grant, Dashiell Hammett, Lillian Hellman, Lena Horne, Langston Hughes, Sam Jaffe, Danny Kaye, Gypsy Rose Lee, Burgess Meredith, Arthur Miller, Zero Mostel, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Dorothy Parker, Linus Pauling, Paul Robeson, Edward G. Robinson, Pete Seeger, Artie Shaw, and Orson Welles.
Speaking of no sense of decency: In 2016 we have entered a new era of
McCarthyism, with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump lashing out
indiscriminately at Mexicans and Muslims. George Santayana famously said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
As a public service the Not Now Silly Newsroom wants to remind everyone of that ugly era in ‘Merkin history in an effort to wake people up to the evils of Trumpism.