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The Communist Threat

The warming of U.S.-Soviet relations and the crumbling of communist parties’ control in

Eastern Europe are changing they way we look at the world. But sixty years ago, most

Nebraskans spelled “Communist” with a capital “C.” The Communist threat was widely

perceived, and was the subject of debate on the floor of the Nebraska Legislature.



One newspaper editor opined: “Although the state legislature at Lincoln committed a serious

blunder in its consideration of a bill which would have barred the communist party for the

ballot in Nebraska, the consideration of the bill brought to light some interesting side glances.



“The motion to postpone action on the measure was made by Marion J. Cushing (Republican)

of Ord. This astute representative made the amazing statement that communists in America

are of minor importance. They are fewer in number than they were a year ago and until the

organization encroaches upon us there will be sufficient time for restrictive legislation of this

kind, Mr. Cushing asserted. It appears he would wait for the snake to strike before crushing

its head.



“However, it is fortunate for the reputation of the legislature’s intelligence and for the state at

large that this wishy-washy view was not indulged in by all of those present. Representative

G. R. Curry of Arapahoe assailed the communists and declared rightly that their objective

was no domination of America. The speaker said that eight organization meetings had been

held by international leaders of the Russian communistic party within Nebraska since

January. There is no reason to doubt this statement and we cannot agree with Mr. Cushing

that ‘there will be sufficient time for restrictive legislation.’ We believe that the political

snake should be crushed at once.



“Representative Curry read from a report of the congressional committee appointed to

investigate communistic activities, and said, ‘If ever there was a time when America should

rise up it is now. You can’t expect to meet this enemy in the open. They only operate

through destructive underground channels. They are headed for your home and your farm.’



“And Curry is right.” — Sarpy County Agriculturist


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