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There are moments in the life of America that matter — moments in which the frenzy of partisan politics seems to stand still. Sometimes those moments crystallize with timely and well-spoken words. Sometimes party politics vaporizes as the reality of our own mortality penetrates our psyche. And sometimes they merge when frailty of human life encourages politicians to step back from the immediacy of the battle and speak higher-minded words of wisdom.
A half-dozen words spoken in 1954 changed the course of history. At a dramatic Senate hearing, an Army attorney confronted and tackled the cruelty, recklessness, and bullying of Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-Wis.) with a simple and biting question that effectively ended the fear-based anticommunist’s career: “Have you no sense of decency?” It’s still a good question to ask today of many political leaders.
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