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In 1954 a young junior Senator from the state of Wisconsin held the entire Senate in the palm of his hand Senator Joseph R McCarthy used an aggressive strategy of lies personal attacks and propaganda in an aggressive attempt to gain power Was Senator McCarthy a crusader for the common good of the people or was he the ringleader of a witch-hunt seeking only political power What tactics did McCarthy use to gain his power What brought about his demise Joseph McCarthy was a complex man and in order to understand his thinking you must first look at his history tactics and supportersJoseph McCarthy wasnt always the brash and aggressive man that history has made him out to be McCarthy was born to a good Irish Catholic family Neighbors remember Joseph as being a shy lad seen-but-not-heard At nineteen McCarthy left home to fill a position as a store manager At about this time the once shy and timid boy began to change into a sharp and aggressive man McCarthy went back to school where he graduated from Marquette University with the title class president and a law degree McCarthy began practicing law in a small town and was soon offered a position with a well-respected law firm which he snatched upMcCarthy soon became disenchanted working for someone else and wanted some power of his own McCarthy began hobnobbing with the local clubs and organizations McCarthy was so well liked that he was elected president of the Young Democratic Clubs of Wisconsins Seventh District With a political backing McCarthy decided to run for district attorney of Shawano County under the Democratic ticket McCarthy came in second losing to a Progressive candidate but beat out the Republican candidate by about a thousand votes McCarthy polled in seven times as many votes as he should have which gave the fresh faced lawyer good hopes for the future McCarthy in his high spirits than decided to go after
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