On this Day in History, President Eisenhower signs the “Communist Control Act” in 1954. Its purpose is outlaw the Communist Party and anyone sympathizing or participating with Communist ideology from serving in public service in the United States of America.
The Act was one of many bills drafted with the intention of protecting America from the potential threat posed by the international Communists. During this time, some argued that “the pursuit of subversive aims even by peaceful means should [have been] outlawed.” Thus, many opposed Communism because of its supposed “subversive aim” to undermine democracy. In the words of the prominent sociologist Ernest van den Haag, there was “no place in democracy for those who want[ed] to abolish [it] even with a peaceful vote.”
We’re grateful for this intentional step to preserve the democracy and freedom of America.