National Affairs: Loud & Low

Last week the House of Representatives defeated the bill for Hawaiian-Alaskan statehood after a loud-voiced, low-swinging debate. Loudest and lowest was New York's Republican Representative John Pillion, who discovered that anti-Communism can be used to justify almost any political action.

As he spoke from the well of the House, Pillion stood beside a huge bulletin board thumbtacked with clippings about Hawaii's Communists. Pointing at the clippings with an accusing finger, Pillion cried: "The last session of the Hawaiian legislature was a Communist holiday."

The statehood bill, said he, guarantees "Harry Bridges fwo seats in the Senate and two in the House . ....

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