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Wed Nov 20, 2019, 08:44 AM

Harry Truman on The GOP, something that we should all remember

On 13 October 1948, President Harry Truman made an appearance in St. Paul, Minnesota, stumping on behalf of both his own re-election campaign and a bid by the mayor of Minneapolis, fellow Democrat Hubert Humphrey, to land a seat in the U.S. Senate. During that appearance in St. Paul, President Truman delivered an address at the city’s Municipal Auditorium which was carried on a nationwide radio broadcast and included the criticism of the Republican Party.

"Today the forces of liberalism face a crisis. The people of the United States must make a choice between two ways of living — a decision which will affect us the rest of our lives and our children and our grandchildren after us.

On the other side, there is the Wall Street way of life and politics. Trust the leader! Let big business take care of prices and profits! Measure all things by money! That is the philosophy of the masters of the Republican Party.

Well, I have been studying the Republican Party for over 12 years at close hand in the Capital of the United States. And by this time, I have discovered where the Republicans stand on most of the major issues.

Since they won’t tell you themselves, I am going to tell you.

They approve of the American farmer — but they are willing to help him go broke.

They stand four-square for the American home — but not for housing.

They are strong for labor — but they are stronger for restricting labor’s rights.

They favor a minimum wage — the smaller the minimum the better.

They indorse educational opportunity for all — but they won’t spend money for teachers or for schools.

They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine — for people who can afford them.

They approve of Social Security benefits — so much so that they took them away from almost a million people.

They believe in international trade — so much so that they crippled our reciprocal trade program, and killed our International Wheat Agreement.

They favor the admission of displaced persons — but only within shameful racial and religious limitations.

They consider electric power a great blessing — but only when the private power companies get their rake-off.

They say TVA is wonderful — but we ought never to try it again.

They condemn “cruelly high prices” — but fight to the death every effort to bring them down.

They think the American standard of living is a fine thing — so long as it doesn’t spread to all the people.

And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.

Now, my friends, that is the Wall Street Republican way of life. But there is another way — there is another way — the Democratic way, the way of the Democratic Party."

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Reply Harry Truman on The GOP, something that we should all remember (Original post)
Sherman A1 Nov 2019 OP
apcalc Nov 2019 #1
Dennis Donovan Nov 2019 #2
flor-de-jasmim Nov 2019 #3
Hermit-The-Prog Nov 2019 #11
NewJeffCT Nov 2019 #15
Hermit-The-Prog Nov 2019 #17
MaryMagdaline Nov 2019 #4
lastlib Nov 2019 #9
2naSalit Nov 2019 #5
SammyWinstonJack Nov 2019 #6
BSdetect Nov 2019 #7
maddiemom Nov 2019 #16
Kurt V. Nov 2019 #8
rainin Nov 2019 #10
jdanield Nov 2019 #41
rainin Nov 2019 #42
IngridsLittleAngel Nov 2019 #12
Cosmocat Nov 2019 #13
moose65 Nov 2019 #14
klook Nov 2019 #18
Hulk Nov 2019 #19
CaptYossarian Nov 2019 #20
IronLionZion Nov 2019 #21
Sherman A1 Nov 2019 #39
KPN Nov 2019 #22
amuse bouche Nov 2019 #23
CaptainTruth Nov 2019 #24
YOHABLO Nov 2019 #25
Sherman A1 Nov 2019 #38
dchill Nov 2019 #26
micDROP Nov 2019 #27
bucolic_frolic Nov 2019 #28
appalachiablue Nov 2019 #29
Sherman A1 Nov 2019 #37
rurallib Nov 2019 #30
Sherman A1 Nov 2019 #35
PatSeg Nov 2019 #31
stage left Nov 2019 #32
Mersky Nov 2019 #33
Sherman A1 Nov 2019 #36
burrowowl Nov 2019 #34
jdanield Nov 2019 #40
Poiuyt Nov 2019 #43
YOHABLO Nov 2019 #44
Sherman A1 Nov 2019 #45

Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 08:50 AM

1. Excellent post. Thanks!

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 08:56 AM

2. Loves me some HST!

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 09:00 AM

3. And some things never change -

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Response to flor-de-jasmim (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 09:42 AM

11. sure they do! the GOP has gotten even worse! :)

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #11)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 09:51 AM

15. yes, back then

there were some pretty smart people in the GOP, even if you disagreed with them politically. Yes, there were the Joe McCarthys and the Birchers, but they didn't dominate the party like they do today.

Nowadays, the GOP loves the poorly educated and smart Republicans are a rare thing: look through the roster of House Intel and House Judiciary - almost all the Democrats are lawyers with law degrees from good schools, while Republican lawyers are few and far between and led by Lying Jim Jordan, a guy who couldn't pass the bar exam

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Response to NewJeffCT (Reply #15)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 09:59 AM

17. the great purge of the Tea Party

The extremists of the GOP primaried all of the "establishment" Republicans. Gerrymandering and voter suppression removed moderating influences, guaranteeing that the GOP would get more and more extreme.

May 2020 be the year they come crashing down.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 09:07 AM

4. Give em hell Harry!

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Response to MaryMagdaline (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 09:35 AM

9. ..!

Ditto! He could tell it the way it is! ('Twas ever thus.)

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 09:19 AM

5. K&R

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 09:24 AM

6. Same as it always was.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 09:29 AM

7. I read the biography of Truman. His work ethic was stupendous.

Compared to drumph he was Superman.

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Response to BSdetect (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 09:54 AM

16. And Truman was the last of nine presidents, including Washington and Lincoln,..

who did not have a college degree (and the only one in the twentieth century).

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 09:30 AM

8. K&R

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 09:39 AM

10. Wow! If they didn't control the media, they wouldn't get away with this.

Last edited Thu Nov 21, 2019, 09:03 AM - Edit history (1)

We've got to figure out how to balance the right to free speech with all the other rights republicans are fine with denying us. Media should be publicly owned, for starters. It should be a public good. If half the country is under the spell of a party that doesn't care about them, we have a propaganda problem, first and foremost.

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Response to rainin (Reply #10)

Thu Nov 21, 2019, 08:09 AM

41. GRAMMAR POLICE:

"Media should - NOT - be privately owned . . "

option two . . . "Media should be PUBLICLY owned, . . "

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Response to jdanield (Reply #41)

Thu Nov 21, 2019, 09:03 AM

42. Woops - glad you understood my intention. Fixed it. Thanks!

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 09:43 AM

12. 45 years later, America's still calling

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 09:45 AM

13. Always good to see him calling it out plain and simple, but this is so deflating

cause people tend to be myopic and not get that republicans have ALWAYS been vicious, dishonest shit bags who work to the disadvantage of the average american EVERY SINGLE TIME, and throughout our lives this country has found a way, time after time, after time after time, to indulge them and pile on their slagging of liberalism and the democratic party.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 09:51 AM

14. Wow. Just wow

Sometimes we forget this. The Republican party has, since the early 20th century, been the party of the rich and of big business. That is what they really care about - making rich people even richer. Democrats need to be more like Truman, and tell the TRUTH about Republicans.

Republicans have controlled both houses of Congress AND the Presidency only three times in history - in the early 1920's, leading up to the Depression; in the George W. Bush years, leading up to the Recession; and in the first two years of Trump's presidency. There's a reason why they were booted out of office each time - when they have total control, the results are disastrous. They lost the presidency for 20 years after the Depression. They lost the House, Senate, and the Presidency after George W. They were creamed in 2018 and lost the House after Trump's bumbling first two years.

Democrats never learn how to play hard ball. They should be out there screaming from the rooftops that Republican policies are disasters. All they care about is cutting taxes for the rich - the only major legislation passed under Trump was the tax cut bill. They want to starve the US treasury and grab all the dough they can, and they've conned the poor religious deplorables into doing their dirty work for them.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 10:02 AM

18. Key takeaway:

They think the American standard of living is a fine thing — so long as it doesn’t spread to all the people.

Still true.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 10:10 AM

19. Copied and will post on Facebook from time to time..

I often forget and think the party of Ike morphed ibto some awful mess of an evil force for government destruction. It has ALWAYS been that way since it's beginning.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 10:17 AM

20. Many Americans don't know Truman integrated the Army.

This was while the South had their racist Dixiecrats. He would have been ashamed of what happened to Michael Brown in his home state.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 10:20 AM

21. I wish we had gotten Truman's national health insurance

they claimed it was communism back then

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #21)

Thu Nov 21, 2019, 06:27 AM

39. Yes,

The GOP and the likes of them always claim that anything good for the people is socialist or communist. They are good at labels and poor at taking care of the masses.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 10:20 AM

22. K & R.

Truman told it like it was. I hope our candidate does the same as effectively in 2020. We need straight talk about the truth.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 10:43 AM

23. Never understood how regular Americans support the Republiclowns

Proud to say, I have never voted for one of those vile creatures.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 10:45 AM

24. A great reminder, thanks!

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 10:50 AM

25. Truman also tried to get us ''universal'' health insurance.

 

Back in 1945 — a mere seven months into a presidency he inherited from Franklin D. Roosevelt — Truman proposed a “universal” national health insurance program. In his remarks to Congress, he declared, “Millions of our citizens do not now have a full measure of opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health. Millions do not now have protection or security against the economic effects of sickness. The time has arrived for action to help them attain that opportunity and that protection.”

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Response to YOHABLO (Reply #25)

Thu Nov 21, 2019, 06:26 AM

38. Yes, he most certainly did so

and it was the GOP that blocked a good portion of his post war agenda, just as they tried to block FDR's and Social Security. Remember that LBJ signed Medicare into law at the Truman Library because of Harry's efforts to get it going. He & Bess were Medicare card numbers 1&2 as I recall.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 11:37 AM

26. It's like they've got it written down somewhere...

... like a handbook or something.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 11:44 AM

27. 1 of the best

 

Truman is very underrated because of Korea but, they didn't know if that was just a ploy by the Soviets to go into Europe while, we were busy over there. He did what he could and managed that war fairly.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 09:57 PM

28. Harry Truman remains much underrated

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 10:03 PM

29. Well done. Here's a good law assn. speech where Truman says we'll



protect freedom of speech, the Bill of Rights and democracy and we'll not turn the intelligence agencies into the Gestapo in order to try to prevent communism.

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #29)

Thu Nov 21, 2019, 06:24 AM

37. Thanks for posting!

Harry always hit the nail on the head.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 10:24 PM

30. May have to steal this for my own blog this weekend

Ok with you?

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Response to rurallib (Reply #30)

Thu Nov 21, 2019, 06:22 AM

35. I am sure that Harry Truman would approve

Please share far and wide! Even a good Thanksgiving conversation starter. I'm thinking of having it handy for my Republican In Laws this coming week.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Thu Nov 21, 2019, 01:21 AM

31. K&R

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Thu Nov 21, 2019, 01:32 AM

32. K&R

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Thu Nov 21, 2019, 02:40 AM

33. Am sharing this around

Heartening and saddening all at once. Am better off for reading it.

Thanks for posting it.

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Response to Mersky (Reply #33)

Thu Nov 21, 2019, 06:23 AM

36. My pleasure

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Thu Nov 21, 2019, 02:41 AM

34. K&R

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Thu Nov 21, 2019, 08:00 AM

40. I feel obligated to point out

that no one has commented on the fact he was 'stumping' for HUBERT HUMPHREY -
The other lesson to be had is : NOT JUST ANY Dem! One example:

"On Feb. 17, 1965, Vice President Hubert Humphrey sent President Lyndon B. Johnson a memorandum
stating the United States must begin an exit strategy in Vietnam: “It is always hard to cut losses.
But the Johnson administration is in a stronger position to do so now than any administration in this century.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/23/opinion/vietnam-hubert-humphrey.html

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Thu Nov 21, 2019, 09:25 AM

43. Harry Truman on socialism:

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Response to Poiuyt (Reply #43)

Thu Nov 21, 2019, 11:36 AM

44. This is what these Pres.candidates should be saying.

 

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Response to YOHABLO (Reply #44)

Thu Nov 21, 2019, 07:02 PM

45. Agreed

They should be pounding away with that message each and every day.

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