Senator J William Fulbright discusses trading with Russia and denounces Senator Joseph McCarthy.
United States USA Date:1954 Duration:3 min 52 sec Sound:Yes
A Television Journal titled 'Longines Chronoscope'. Co-editors of the program ask Senator Fulbright about trading with Russia. Fulbright says that there would be no trading with red China i.e. Communist China. Fulbright talks about Senator McCarthy of Wisconsin and the McCarthy subcommittee and the Army-McCarthy hearings. Fulbright says that Senator Joseph McCarthy is "a menace to our system of government. I think he's much more dangerous than most people believe that he is. I think that he is confronting this country with the greatest test that it has had since the war between the states. His approach to the problems of government is quite similar to that of the fascists or communists, if you like. His actions in the present hearings remind me very much of the actions of the communists in the old hearings...in other words it's to obstruct, to take advantage of every technicality to destroy the hearings. And that's what he's intending to do. He's done it in every hearing." He further states, "if this country cannot destroy this senator's influence I see no real future for it because it will undermine the very moral basis for our kind of government." If McCarthy, as a result, is removed from his committe or expelled from the senate, Fulbright says, "then I think there might be a rebirth, I might say, of the enthusiasm of the people for self government in this country." He continues, "I think given the opportunity I think the people of this country will recognize a demagogue such as he is -- well, that's only faith -- I have nothing to base it on other than on a faith in the discrimination of the people of the country."
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