(Beginning of speech devoted to MCCarthy's customary attack upon
Communism in general)
...At this point ladies and gentlemen you may well be asking yourselves
this question "What can I as an everyday citizen do to drive the Communists
out of our government?" Well, the asnwer to this question is easy. Vote
wisely. Elect as your Senator and Representatives in Washington men who
by their records are vigorous, all-out foes of Communism - men who hold
no brief political or social with fellow travelers or intellectual
parlor pinks. On November 4 go to the polls and get behind un-compromising
American patriots such as your own United States Senator, Henry Cabot
Throughout this great nation Cabot Lodge is known as an untiring
leader, as a progressive Senator, expertly versed inall major govern-
mental matters -, as a genuinely sincere human being - the first United
States Senator to resign his seat in Congress and enter combat service
in World War II.
It is to my surprises, me, however, that in his own state Senator Lodge's
remarkable work in the fight against Communism is not as well knownas
it should be - but I know Cabot Lodge's record - and without his
solicitation I am going to tell you about it.
To do that let me take you back a few years to the days of the
crucial, anti-Commnism battles in the United States Senate. The year The year is
is 1948 (?). 1950. The now infamous Tydings Committee Hearings have just
gotten under way. (Hereto relate (a) Lodge's protest to Senator Tydings'
about his badgering of McCarthy (b) Lodge's motion with McCarthy's
sup ort to send the hearing into Executive session.)
It was on The first date is February 20 that - the date on which I made my speech in the Senate accusing the
State Department of harboring communists. Early in my speech Senator Lodge
said these words: to me:
"I not only feel that there should be no communists in the State Depart-
ment, but that there should be nobody in the State Department who is not affirma-
tively, and enthusiastically loyal to the United States and what it stands for.
"Therefore I say to the Senator from Wisconsin now that so far as the
Junior Senator from Massachusetts is concerned, I will at the earliest appro-
priate opportunity make a motion to have a subcommittee of the Foreign Relations
Committee take up every single one of the accusations which the Senator from
"The matter he is discussing is of such vital importance that I think
it should be investigated. I shall do all I can to leave no stone unturned to
get to the bottom of the matter."
Senator Lodge kept his promise at the meeting of the Foreign Relations
Committee the following day and moved that the Committee appoint a subcommittee
to investigate my charges.
The next date is March, 1950. The infamous Tydings Subcommittee hearings have
just gotten under way. The scene is the big marble Senate Caucus Room with its
arrive prepared to make my opening statement. ThisIt is the immemorial custom in
the Senate from to which no exceptions have been made before that the witness has
the right to make his opening statement without interruption. What is my astonishment
when Senator Tydings, the Chairman, before I have even had an opportunity to say
three words, starts heckling me and jumping down my throat as though I were a
defendant in a police court. This was completely at variance with the immemorial
Senate custom and I must admit that I was taken aback. I started again with my
statement and again the heckling began. The minority member present was Senator
Lodge of Massachusetts. Outraged by this violation of the rules of fair play he
immediately called Senator Tydings to order and demanded that I be given the
opportunity to make my statement without interruption and in accordance with the
Senate custom. Senator Tydings made several attempts thereafter to heckle me,
but every time Senator Lodge intervened until finally I was allowed to make my
Another occasion comes to mind when Senator Lodge, in accordance with my
wishes, sought to have the investigation of communists in the State Department
conducted behind closed doors. He and I wanted it done this way for two reasons;
first, so that the communists would not know everything we were doing, and secondly,
but, of course, was outvoted.
Lodge has never sought publicity for himself, but I want you people of
Massachusetts to know that whenever anything came up having to do with the communist
menace he was one man we could turn to with complete confidence who would not
only agree with us say he was opposed to communism but would actually take off his coat and go to work.
¶ It was Lodge who filed the only
minority report of the Tydings Committee,
denouncing its failure to carry out its
mission, its sharp practices and its
attempt to whitewash the guilty.
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