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[职业] 反共名臣迈卡锡演讲第九十九名篇

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发表于 11/21/2010 04:13:49 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式

McCarthy Welch Exchange
Have You No Sense of Decency

McCarthy: (Mr. Chairman) ...inview of Mr. Welch's request that the information be given once we know ofanyone who might be performing any work for the Communist Party, I think weshould tell him that he has in his law firm a young man named Fisher whom herecommended, incidentally, to do the work on this Committee, who has been, fora number of years, a member of an organization which is named, oh, years andyears ago, as the legal bulwark of the Communist Party, an organization whichalways springs to the defense of anyone who dares to expose Communists.
Knowing that,Mr. Welch, I just felt that I had a duty to respond to your urgentrequest that "before sundown," when we know of anyone serving theCommunist cause we let the agency know.  Now, we're now letting you knowthat your man did belong to this organization for either three or four years,belonged to it long after he was out of law school.  And I have hesitatedbringing that up, but I have been rather bored with your phony requests to Mr.Cohn here, that he, personally, get every Communist out of Governmentbefore sundown. Whether you knew that he was a member of that Communistorganization or not, I don't know.  I assume you did not, Mr. Welch,because I get the impression that while you are quite an actor, you play for alaugh, I don't think you have any conception of the danger of the CommunistParty. I don't think you, yourself, would ever knowingly aid the Communistcause.  I think you're unknowingly aiding it when you try to burlesquethis hearing in which we're attempting to bring out the facts.
Welch: Mr. Chairman....
Mundt: The Chair may say thathe has no recognition or no memory of Mr. Welch recommending either Mr. Fisheror anybody else as counsel for this Committee.
McCarthy: I refer to the record,Mr. Chairman...to the news story on that.
Welch: Mr. Chairman. Under these circumstances, I must myself have something approaching a personalprivilege.
Mundt: You may have, sir --
Welch: Senator McCarthy, I didnot know, Senator -- Senator, sometimes you say may I have your attention --
McCarthy: I'm listening....
Welch: May I have yourattention?
McCarthy: I can listen with oneear and talk with --.
Welch:  No, this time,sir, I want you to listen with both.  Senator McCarthy, I think until thismoment --
McCarthy: -- Good.  Just aminute.  Jim, Jim, will you get the news story to the effect that this manbelongs to the -- to this Communist front organization....
Welch: I will tell you that hebelonged to it.
McCarthy: Jim, will you get thecitation, one of the citations showing that this was the legal arm of theCommunist Party, and the length of time that he belonged, and the fact that hewas recommended by Mr. Welch. I think that should be in the record....
Welch: Senator, you won't needanything in the record when I finish telling you this. Until this moment,Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty, or your recklessness. FredFisher is a young man who went to the Harvard Law School and came into myfirm and is starting what looks to be a brilliant career with us. When Idecided to work for this Committee, I asked Jim St. Clair, who sits on myright, to be my first assistant.  I said to Jim, "Pick somebody inthe firm to work under you that you would like." He chose Fred Fisher, andthey came down on an afternoon plane. That night, when we had taken a littlestab at trying to see what the case is about, Fred Fisher and Jim St. Clair andI went to dinner together.  I then said to these two young men,"Boys, I don't know anything about you, except I've always liked you, butif there's anything funny in the life of either one of you that would hurtanybody in this case, you speak up quick."


And Fred Fishersaid, "Mr. Welch, when I was in the law school, and for a period of monthsafter, I belonged to the Lawyers' Guild," as you have suggested, Senator.He went on to say, "I am Secretary of the Young Republican's League in Newton with the son of[the] Massachusettsgovernor, and I have the respect and admiration of my community, and I'm sure Ihave the respect and admiration of the twenty-five lawyers or so in Hale &Dorr." And I said, "Fred, I just don't think I'm going to ask you towork on the case.  If I do, one of these days that will come out, and goover national television, and it will just hurt like the dickens." And so,Senator, I asked him to go back to Boston.Little did I dream you could be so reckless and so cruel as to do an injury tothat lad. It is, I regret to say, equally true that I fear he shall always beara scar needlessly inflicted by you.  If it were in my power toforgive you for your reckless cruelty, I would do so. I like to think I'm agentle man, but your forgiveness will have to come from someone other than me.
McCarthy:  Mr. Chairman, mayI say that Mr. Welch talks about this being cruel and reckless.  He wasjust baiting.  He has been baiting Mr.Cohn here for hours, requesting that Mr. Cohn before sundown get out of anydepartment of the government anyone who is serving the Communist cause. Now, Ijust give this man's record and I want to say, Mr. Welch, that it had beenlabeled long before he became a member, as early as 1944 --
Welch: Senator, may wenot drop this?  We know he belonged to the Lawyers' Guild.  
McCarthy: Let me finish....
Welch: And Mr. Cohn nods hishead at me.  I did you, I think, no personal injury, Mr. Cohn?
Cohn: No, sir.
Welch:  I meant to do youno personal injury.
Cohn: No, sir.
Welch: And if I did, I beg yourpardon.  Let us not assassinate this lad further, Senator.
McCarthy: Let's, let's --
Welch: You've done enough. Haveyou no sense of decency, sir, atlong last?  Have you left no sense of decency?
McCarthy: I know this hurts you,Mr. Welch.
Welch: I'll say it hurts!
McCarthy: Mr. Chairman, as pointof personal privilege, I'd like to finish this.
Welch: Senator, I think ithurts you, too, sir.
McCarthy:  I'd like tofinish this. I know Mr. Cohn would rather not have me go into this. Iintend to, however, and Mr. Welch talks about any "sense of decency."I have heard you and everyone else talk so much about laying the truth upon thetable. But when I heard the completely phony Mr. Welch, I've beenlistening now for a long time, he's saying, now "before sundown" youmust get these people "out of government." So I just want you to haveit very clear, very clear that you were not so serious about that when youtried to recommend this man for this Committee.
Welch: Mr. McCarthy, I willnot discuss this further with you. You have sat within six feet of me andcould ask -- could have asked me about Fred Fisher.  You have seen fit tobring it out, and if there is a God in heaven, it will do neither you nor yourcause any good.  I will not discuss it further.  I will not ask, Mr.Cohn, any more witnesses. You, Mr. Chairman, may, if you will, call thenext witness.
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