- "Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness… Let us not assassinate this lad further, senator. You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"
- —Joseph N. Welch to McCarthy
Joseph McCarthy (November 14th, 1908 – May 2nd, 1957) was a far-right United States senator of the 1950's and an important example of demagoguery and fearmongering in America. He was from Wisconsin and believed in the antagonism of Communism to the extreme. A lawyer and World War II veteran, McCarthy and his policies dominated an entire era of American politics. He treated Communism as a pest and commonly caused fear by pinning people out left and right as being Communists and showed all of them to be terrorists. Though many communist leaders across the world abused their power, many did not. He once also made an announcement to create a large wall around Canada and not allow any goods to be shipped to any other country. During Truman's presidency, McCarthy saw him as being soft on Communists. He wanted General Douglass MacArthur to be impeached and thrown in jail while he called Truman a "son of a bitch". He agreed with most conservatives and also supported Civil Rights to those who were not Communist. Many people in Congress, including Margaret Chase Smith, wanted McCarthy to be impeached. She, along with six other Congresspeople, created a group to impeach McCarthy. He referred them as "Snow White & The Six Dwarfs". He was, in 1954, accused and convicted of abusing General Zwerker and other misdemeanors. However, he stayed in Congress until he died in 1957. Most modern Americans view him as an example of how patriotism can be corrupted into something sinister by preying on people's fears and making them mistrust their fellow man for imaginary wrongdoing.