A Sense of Decency
Who today will have the courage of Joseph N. Welch, chief counsel for the United States Army, who faced down Senator Joseph McCarthy? At the Army-McCarthy hearings, Mr. Welch asked the Senator a simple question during a televised hearing that marked the beginning of the end of McCarthyism. Mr. Welch was defending a young attorney from the Senator’s accusations when he said:
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?
The Republican Party is more than entitled to attack the policies of the Democratic Party, and the qualifications and character of the party’s nominee, Secretary Hillary Clinton. Political campaigns are meant to use colorful language and paint caricatures of opponents. This is the American political process.
However, Donald J. Trump has gone far beyond those accepted bounds. He is making statements that are detrimental to the national security interests of the United States of America and the fundamental values of our country. As a private citizen, Mr. Trump had every right to make those inflammatory and controversial statements. America takes Mr. Trump’s campaign seriously. After all, we provide Mr. Trump with secret service protection and are about to trust him with our most sensitive intelligence information.
Mr. Trump isn’t likely to change course, so the question is whether Senator McConnell, Speaker Ryan, or Governor Pence will put country first and ask Mr. Trump, whether he has any sense of decency.