U.S. At War: Sloppy Citizenship

To a Congress which will serve during what may well be America's most critical years, U.S. voters sent some fuzzy specimens of Homo politicanus:

>Republican Congressman Hamilton Fish of New York, the Nation's No. 1 isolationist: In 1939 he believed Germany's claims were "just"; in 1941 he became entangled in Nazi Agent George Sylvester Viereck's messy affairs.

>Republican Congressman Harold Knutson of Minnesota, who in 1935 backed Ham Fish for President ("I know of no other . . . better"), once said: "Hitler is displaying a forbearance that might well be emulated by statesmen...

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