A familiar question haunts GOP

The year was 1954 and it was during a congressional hearing that attorney Joseph Welch uttered the famous words to Sen. Joseph McCarthy, “Have you no sense of decency, sir . . .”

The exchange between Welch and McCarthy is said to be the beginning of the end for McCarthy and his blacklisting of people believed to have some connection with the Communist Party.

More than half a century later, it’s a question that still needs to be asked of our Congress and the White House.

A Muslim congresswoman from Minnesota reminds an audience during a speech that in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attack, Muslim Americans became the victims of discrimination and saw their civil liberties limited by a public and government that was both fearful and looking for retribution.

She wasn’t wrong in reminding her audience that as a consequence of a national tragedy, certain people were targeted as “second-class citizens.” It’s not the first time it has happened in our nation’s history.

 

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