Have You No Sense of Decency, Sir?
Two names worth knowing are Joseph N. Welch, a brilliant lawyer who brought down Joseph McCarthy’s tyranny in the 1950s, and Stan Freberg, a brilliant satirist (and advertising creative) who brought down many of the mighty through wit and humor.
The former represented the Army at the so-called Army-McCarthy Hearings in Congress and confronted the inquisitor McCarthy with these famous words (in their entirety here):
You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?
The latter, Stan Freberg, who died in April, was a master of the lampoon who channeled his off-the-wall wit into groundbreaking radio shows, comedy albums and hundreds of humorous television commercials. He wrote and performed a satiric anti-McCarthy barb that is worth hearing here.
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