The Fight against Communism Why are people against Communist? J. Edgar Hoover, Sidney Hook, and William O. Douglas have written articles about their opinion relating to Communist expanding throughout our Nation. Communism is a social organization based on the ownership controlled all economic and social activities. J. Edgar Hoover, Sidney Hook, and William O. Douglas have numerous points of view on Communism. Their voices and minds reveals that Communist is not who they say they are. J.
Edgar Hoover believed the spread of Communism is a tremendous threat to our nation. Day by day, the number of people enroll in the party’s membership are significant. But Hoover believes the size of the party is irrelevant. Communism spreads widely through propaganda activities. Hoover stated its “objective, of course, is to develop discontent and hasten the day when the Communists can gather sufficient support and following to overthrow the American way of life”(129). Unlike Hoover, Hook believes Communism is more of a threat to our Liberalism. Liberalism is the memorial words of Justice Holmes, the belief ‘in the free trade of ideas – that the test of truth is the power of thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market’ “(264). More importantly, Hook fears of conspiracy. Conspiracy is “a secret or underground movement which seeks to attain its ends not by normal political or educational process but by playing outside the rules of the game” (265). Conspiracy is signs of using false labels and project lies. Hook sees Communist more of conspiracy than heresy.
Of course, Communist conspiracy purpose is to take over the United States. Communist can not be stop by special legislation placing it and its entire boundary outside the law. Communist believes if a group of teachers are to take loyalty oath it is the guidance to protection of its institutions from subversion. Different from Hoover and Hook’s ways of defeating communism, William O. Douglas believes that defeating communism is not by ideas. Instead it is by military might. We have watched day by day as our country fall under Soviet imperialistic desire. The Communist threat inside the country has been magnified and exalted far beyond its realities”(273). Accusations have been made, irresponsible citizens are spreading fears. Multiples of suspicions had been made. Innocents are being considered as disloyalty. “Suspicion grows until only the person who loudly proclaims the orthodox view, or who, once having been a Communist, has been converted, is trustworthy” (273). Suspects are those who are unorthodox, who does not followed military policymakers. The fear has driven citizens to the folds of the orthodox.
The fear was to be investigated, to lose one’s job, etc. These fears have driven many people to sorrow. These fears have effected younger generations. “This pattern of orthodoxy that is shaping our thinking has dangerous implications” (274). Douglas believes the great danger if we become victims of the orthodox school. They can limit our ability to change or alter. Douglas believes a man’s mind must be free. These three remarkable men had left their voices for us to hear. These voices are ideas to obtain our normal ways of an American’s life.
Hoover’s idea was to expose what communist was really about. Showing our nation communist is not about freedom. It is about destroying our way of life. Douglas ways of handling it is with guns and fire and our intelligence. If our nation can be cautious about orthodox, we will not fall under communism’s hands. These are very wonderful ideas, but I could only agree to one. I am more on Hoover’s side. His idea of stopping communism is very brilliant. Defeating Communism by revealing what they really are to the world. All the lies and disguise would be revealed.
All the devious plans would be destroy. Our future would not be under a dictator. Our future would be under our own control. Our voices would be heard by others. Our ideas can be taken into considerations. Our rights are equal to one another. It is a very clean way of taking back our country. We do not need guns or fires. We also do not need people lying on the grounds dead. We do not want to see our country that took tremendous amount blood and works that has been dripped and washed away to be destroy because of Communism. Communism is a disease to mankind and it is need to be stopped right away.
Communism is not a political party. In Hoover’s eyes Communism is and always will be the entrance to destruction of our peace and an evil way of life. It ruins our liberal. It is also poisoning our youngster’s minds. These three men’s ideas have tried to change our world. They have put every thoughts and time to into writing testimonies. They have presented us that we have a choice to make our nation under Democracy control. Communism claimed they are a political group, but in these three speakers’ eyes, they are a devious and untrustworthy political group.
We have feared under their powers and knowing not how to fight back. We have feared abundant of issues since Communism came into existence. Since then we’ve long for the day of victory against communist and take back our freedom and rights. We are very much aware we are forced to make sacrifices in order to win this crucial battle. I will not let our soldiers fight for a battle that was not meant to fight with bloods but fight with words. We will not allow Communist to take over our minds and make us believe in what we are trying to fight from the very beginning.
We are stronger than we think. We are finished living under fear. We are not the first to take action. The men who believe in changing our nation have written about the present of our nation and the future of our nation if Communism was still in existence. They have also mentioned the future of our nation could have been if Communism was stop. These men are J. Edgar Hoover, Sidney Hook, and William O. Douglas. Works Cited Schrecker, Ellen. The Age of McCarthyism. Boston, New York: Bedford/ St. Martin’s, 2002.