Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism in making character assassinations are all too frequently those who, by our own words and acts, ignore some of the basic principles of AmericanismThe right to criticize. The right to hold unpopular beliefs. The right to protest. The right of independent thought.
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Source Notes: Source: Senator MARGARET CHASE SMITH, remarks in the Senate, June 1, 1950, Congressional Record, vol. 96, p. 7894.She added, The American people are sick and tired of being afraid to speak their minds lest they be politically smeared as Communists or Fascists by their opponents. These and other remarks preceded the Declaration of Conscience , which she drafted and in which she was joined by six other Republican Senators.
Margaret Chase Smith (December 14, 1897 May 29, 1995) was a Republican Senator from Maine, and one of the most successful politicians in Maine history. She was the first woman to be elected to both the U.S. House and the Senate. She was also the first woman to have her name placed in nomination for the U.S. Presidency at a major party's convention (1964 Republican Convention, won by Barry Goldwater). She was a moderate Republican and might be termed a Rockefeller Republican.