One of the truly noble moments in the history of the U.S. Senate came in the early 1950s. At that time Senator Joe McCarthy was wrecking reputations of many Americans by accusing them of communist sympathies. One day in a Senate speech he waved a piece of paper on which he claimed were the names of communist agents in the State Department. Senator Herbert Lehman walked toward McCarthy, saying, “Let me see that list.” Finally Lehman stood right in front of him, saying repeatedly, “Show me that list.”
McCarthy never gave him the list, and his refusal made his accusations seem shallow and baseless. Soon the threat of McCarthyism was past.
People of honor speak up when another person is being attacked unfairly. To keep quiet is to barter a piece of one’s integrity on the altar of cowardice.
“Be strong and courageous.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)