Joseph Mccarthy: A True Patriot

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Joseph McCarthy held congressional hearings in which he often used affiliation and hearsay to accuse people of being communists and a threat to the United States. What was unknown at the time was that while his methods were often distasteful and abusive—and possibly illegal—he did successfully identify some dangerous communists. Do you think he should be considered a patriot or not? Why? I do not feel that Joseph McCarthy should be considered a patriot. He used his position to create fear in people about communism. He made attacks against people without proof and stated that the democrats had been responsible for twenty years of treason. Joseph McCarthy headed a subcommittee in which he badgered witnesses cruelly, often ruining careers. He, McCarthy was never able to produce actual evidence of actual communism. Joseph McCarthy intimidated many people. This is not the sign of a true patriot. Had he been a patriot he would have led people with proven truths not misconstrued lies. The followers he had were impressed with his fearless assaults on government establishments. Joseph McCarthy provided his followers with an issue into which they could channel a wide range of…show more content…
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