• “Witch hunt”- refers to any search for a
scapegoat who can be blamed for all the
ills of society and whose removal will
eliminate the problems.
• McCarthyism- policy or practice of
publicly accusing in a reckless manner,
suspected individuals or groups of political
disloyalty and subversion.
Are you a Subversive?
• Subversives- Those who engage in a
systematic attempt to overthrow or
undermine a government or political
system by working secretly from within.
(For almost two years the struggle went on
between president and senator over the
proper way a democracy should handle
Are you a Demagogue?
• Demagogue- A
leader who makes
use of popular
prejudices and false
claims and promises
in order to gain
(McCarthy was a
Enough is Enough…
• Censure- To find
fault with and
(In late 1954, the
• Communism is the abolition of power of
people over people, where the
government holds all assets. Communism
is based on mutual cooperation, peace
Who was Joseph McCarthy???
• Born Nov. 14, 1908
on a farm in
• Attended Marquette
• Graduated, and
became a lawyer/
wasn’t successful (go
figure!), boosted his
income by playing
• Originally a supporter of FDR and the New Deal.
• Failed to become Democratic candidate for
• Switched parties and became the Republican
Party candidate in an election to become circuit
• 1941, resigned as a circuit judge - joined the
McCarthy the Judge
• Judge McCarthy treated
first offenders with
leniency and expedited
• “Joe was full of
He opened the
let a little fresh
• The Wisconsin Supreme
Court criticized Judge
McCarthy for destroying a
court record in 1941.
-Francis Werner, (advisor to
McCarthy’s circuit court
judge campaign, 1939)
McCarthy the Marine
• McCarthy joined the
Marines during World
• Promoted to the rank of
• McCarthy briefed pilots
before flights and
questioned them on
their return about
• McCarthy resigned from
the Marines on
December 11, 1944.
On the campaign trail…
• After the war, McCarthy ran against Robert La
Follette to become Republican candidate for the
Senate in Wisconsin.
• Campaign Image: Full fighting gear with
aviator’s cap, belts of machine-gun ammunition
wrapped around bulky torso. Claimed
involvement in 32 missions…..in reality- desk job
with training exercises. Attacked La Follette for
A win for McCarthy!!!
• Judge McCarthy
stands beside one of
his campaign posters
after he defeated
Senator Robert M. La
Follette, Jr. for the
nomination in 1946.
McCarthy's first years in
the Senate were
• People claimed that he
had lied about his war
• He was being
investigated for tax
offences and for taking
• Began a campaign
subversives working in
• Feb. 1950, “compiled” a list of 57 people in state
department that were members of American
• Some had been communists but others had
been fascists, alcoholics and sexual deviants.
As it happens, if McCarthy had been
screened, his own drinking problems and
sexual escapades would have resulted in him
being put on the list.