I speak as simply as possible because the issue is too great to be
obscured by eloquence.
corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
The United States Senate has long enjoyed worldwide respect as the greatest deliberative body in the world. But recently that deliberative character has too often been
debased to the level of a forum of hate and character assassination sheltered by the shield of congressional immunity.
attribute to a cause or source
It is ironical that we Senators can in debate in the Senate directly or indirectly, by any form of words,
impute to any American who is not a Senator any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming an American--and without that non-Senator American having any legal redress against us--yet if we say the same thing in the Senate about our colleagues we can be stopped on the grounds of being out of order.
motivation deriving from ethical or moral principles
I think that it is high time for the United States Senate and its members to do some soul-searching--for us to weigh our
consciences--on the manner in which we are performing our duty to the people of America--on the manner in which we are using or abusing our individual powers and privileges.
a discrimination between things as different
Whether it be a criminal prosecution in court or a character prosecution in the Senate, there is little practical
distinction when the life of a person has been ruined.
of a quantity that can fulfill a need or requirement
The record of the present Democratic administration has provided us with
sufficient campaign issues without the necessity of resorting to political smears.
the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself
The Democratic administration has greatly lost the confidence of the American people by its
complacency to the threat of communism here at home and the leak of vital secrets to Russia through key officials of the Democratic administration.
reduced in strength or concentration or quality or purity
There are enough proved cases to make this point without
diluting our criticism with unproved charges.
Yet to displace it with a Republican regime embracing a philosophy that lacks political
integrity or intellectual honesty would prove equally disastrous to this nation.
a false accusation of an offense
But I don’t want to see the Republican Party ride to political victory on the Four Horsemen of
Calumny--Fear, Ignorance, Bigotry, and Smear.
lasting for a markedly brief time
While it might be a
fleeting victory for the Republican Party, it would be a more lasting defeat for the American people.
lessen the intensity of or calm
But we do have the responsibility of rendering constructive criticism, of clarifying issues, of
allaying fears by acting as responsible citizens.
destroy or injure severely
As a woman, I wonder how the mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters feel about the way in which members of their families have been politically
mangled in the Senate debate--and I use the word "debate" advisedly.
I don’t like the way the Senate has been made a rendezvous for
vilification, for selfish political gain at the sacrifice of individual reputations and national unity.
an act exempting someone
I am not proud of the way we smear outsiders from the Floor of the Senate and hide behind the cloak of congressional
immunity and still place ourselves beyond criticism on the Floor of the Senate.
an adherent of right-wing authoritarian views
As an American, I condemn a Republican "
Fascist" just as much I condemn a Democratic "Communist."
not able to be true at the same time
The Democratic administration has initially created the confusion by its lack of effective leadership, by its
contradictory grave warnings and optimistic assurances, by its complacency to the threat of communism here at home, by its oversensitiveness to rightful criticism, by its
petty bitterness against its critics.
an act that victimizes someone
Certain elements of the Republican Party have materially added to this confusion in the hopes of riding the Republican Party to victory through the selfish political
exploitation of fear, bigotry, ignorance, and intolerance.
not possible to contradict
To this extent, Democrats and Republicans alike have unwittingly, but undeniably, played directly into the Communist design of "confuse, divide, and conquer."
of a government with an authority exerting absolute control
It is high time that we all stopped being tools and victims of
totalitarian techniques--techniques that, if continued here unchecked, will surely end what we have come to cherish as the American way of life.