Joseph H. Ball

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On the US Senate floor in December of 1941, Joseph H. Ball gave a historic speech clearly criticizing the corruption of the Roosevelt administration about its reluctance over joining the Axis as supporting the Nazis. Due to this ridiculous outburst, he was restrained from attacking Jewish Senator William Goldstein of New Jersey.

While being carried off the floor, Ball famously shouted, "You can't handle the Truth!", a phrase put into popular culture by the movie A few Good Men. He committed suicide in 1993, at the age of 88. In his later years, he was one of the first proponents of gay marriage in the Upper Midwest.
~Chris Prementine


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