was condemned for conduct unbecoming of a senator. 65 votes to 22.
Joseph McCarthy had begun his activities in 1950. He declared that he had the
names of 205 communists who had infiltrated the US State Department.
is unlikely that he ever had such a list, but there was more than a little sympathy
for the allegation in the country, and the US authorities had little option but
to investigate his allegations.
1953 the, now, Republican Congress, appointed him chairman of the Committee on
Government Operations and its Subcommittee on Investigations. Here he was fully
in the spotlight and proceeded to bully and destroy innocent people with damaging
eventually would lose the support of his party due to what were increasingly seen
as reckless charges. When he started to pick a fight with Army Officers, and then
refused to back up his claims with documentation, the army decided to investigate
power was effectively ended on 9th June, when a special prosecutor for the army,
Joseph N Welch, when defending one of his junior lawyers from a McCarthy attack,
this moment, senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness.
Let us not assassinate this lad further, senator. You have done enough. Have you
no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you no sense of decency?"
McCarthy died of alcoholism in 1957.