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Joseph McCarthy Americas Demagogue Culture is the way a group of individuals define themselves Behavior patterns arts beliefs institutions and all other products of human work and thought combine and evolve to create a groupss culture The United States boasts of many individuals who have made significant contributions which have shaped the beliefs and ideals of modern society Through his attacks on communism Joseph McCarthy negatively impacted American culture by employing unethical tactics by discouraging the public to use the First Amendment and by discouraging producers and authors from publishing radical media Joseph McCarthy employed unethical tactics against others in his ruthless attacks on communism negatively impacting individual lives and American culture Even before he engaged in his attacks on communism and his enlistment in World War II he used his smear tactics against other politicians When running for circuit court judge in Wisconsin he attacked his opponent Edgar Werner Many were appalled at the way he smeared Werner publishing false media claiming that Werner was 73 and senile This claim was obviously false as Werner was only 66 McCarthy also said that Werner was financially corrupt helping him when this election Already McCarthy was exhibiting his willingness to hurt others to gain power After WWII he ran in the Republican primaries against La Follette for senator of Wisconsin McCarthy again smeared an opponent this time because La Follette did not enlist in the armed forces even though La Follette was too old to join the military McCarthy again attacked an opponents finances claiming that La Follette was guilty of war profiteering La Follette had actually invested in a radio station La Follette lost the primary and another life was ruined as he retired from politics and committed suicide Joseph McCarthy 1-2 Because of his harsh attacks on others speaking against McCarthy in the Senate became political suicide Politicians were not the only people he ruthlessly attacked with his smear
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