• Creator
  • Pennock, William
  • Created Date
  • 1949
  • Description
  • An unaired radio broadcast prepared by the Washington Pension Union addressing the effect of Communism and the Red Scare on pensions. The statement discusses Initiative 172, which intended to prevent Americans with ties to the Communist Party from receiving their pension funds. This initiative was discussed during the Canwell Committee hearings, and Pennock notes that the WPU "scoffed at it as being unconstitutional and so ridiculous that no o... more
    An unaired radio broadcast prepared by the Washington Pension Union addressing the effect of Communism and the Red Scare on pensions. The statement discusses Initiative 172, which intended to prevent Americans with ties to the Communist Party from receiving their pension funds. This initiative was discussed during the Canwell Committee hearings, and Pennock notes that the WPU "scoffed at it as being unconstitutional and so ridiculous that no one could possibly take it seriously." However, the Initiative was soon being considered in the House of Representatives. Pennock writes that this legislation signals to American veterans that "unless they are 'orthodox'-- unless they 'confess' thru the device of the non-Communist affidavit their political faith in the perfection of the status quo-- they shall not receive their pension grants!" Pennock attempted to air this broadcast in hopes of garnering support for the WPU, however the broadcast was never aired. less
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