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Yes, that was the perfect phrase to describe the situation with Joseph McCarthy --- "Have you no sense of decency left at all?" Democrats were being vilified and accused of being Communists, and one of the perps in this case was Ronnie Reagan, (actor in cowboy movies & "Bedtime for Bonzo").
He was also in the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) & he acted as a "snitch" to spy upon all actors to tell the HUAC which ones were communists. Because of his testimony, many writers, actors, producers, had been black-balled (forbidden to work in the movie industry). One I can remember reading about was Henry Fonda, who acted in dozens of movies from 1950's on. ("Grapes of Wrath," "12 Angry Men," Young Mister Lincoln," "On Golden Pond," "Battle of the Bulge," "Midway," "The Longest Day," "Fail-Safe," & many more). Later on, the world discovered that McCarthy was full of baloney, & his attempts at calling everyone a Communist had been for publicity & self-empowerment. Henry Fonda continued to be in the movies, & later on, his daughter Jane Fonda carried on the tradition. As for Ronnie Reagan, (who gave false testimony before the HUAC) he was in the movies for awhile longer, divorced his actress wife to marry Nancy Davis, & later he became the 40th President (GOP) of the United States. (His greatest acting job of all). The Republicans are very proud of Reagan, who had stopped disability payments to all the Viet Nam veterans, & sold Hawk missiles to the Ayatollah in Iran (selling weapons to an enemy nation is officially listed as "treason"). Some have claimed that Ronnie's best acting performance came as he "faked" Alzheimer's in his last days, otherwise if he "knew" about the sale of weapons to Iran, he might have had to go to the slammer. I do feel sorry for him, as he seemed to be a nice guy. He just had incredibly stupid (GOP) advisors. (This same problem still continues today). It should be required that any candidate for the Presidency take a (1) Drug Test (2) IQ test (3) Sanity test -- to avoid the crazy (GOP) circus we had this year.