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Harry Truman: How Times Have Changed

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Chango2, Jan 6, 2010.

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  1. Chango2

    Chango2 Active Member

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    Harry Truman




    Have times changed??

    Harry Truman was a different kind of President. He probably
    made as many, or more important decisions regarding our nation's history as
    any of the other 42 Presidents preceding him. However, a measure of his
    greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House.

    The only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in, which
    was in Independence Missouri . His wife had inherited the house from her
    mother and father and other than their years in the White House, they lived
    their entire lives there.

    When he retired from office in 1952, his income was a U.S. Army
    pension reported to have been $13,507.72 a year. Congress, noting that he
    was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an
    'allowance' and, later, a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year..

    After President Eisenhower was inaugurated, Harry and Bess drove
    home to Missouri by themselves. There was no Secret Service following them.

    When offered corporate positions at large salaries, he declined,
    stating, "You don't want me. You want the office of the President, and
    that doesn't belong to me. It belongs to the American people and it's not
    for sale."

    Even later, on May 6, 1971, when Congress was preparing to award him
    the Medal of Honor on his 87th birthday, he refused to accept it, writing,
    "I don't consider that I have done anything which should be the reason for
    any award, Congressional or otherwise."

    As president he paid for all of his own travel expenses and food.

    Modern politicians have found a new level of success in cashing in
    on the Presidency, resulting in untold wealth. Today, many in Congress also
    have found a way to become quite wealthy while enjoying the fruits of their
    offices. Political offices are now for sale. (sic. Illinois )

    Good old Harry Truman was correct when he observed, "My choices in
    life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician. And
    to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference!

    I say dig him up and clone him!!
     
  2. Onceabum

    Onceabum TS Member

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    I had the honor of sitting in Masonic Lodge with Mr Truman in Grandview, Mo. He was a great man and in my opinion, an honest one. Times and Democrats have changed.

    BB
     
  3. JIM SIMS

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    Booger Blue:
    I would have loved to been there with you Hiram
    GOD bless HARRY TRUMAN
    Jim
     
  4. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    One tough SOB. He made the call, and there was never one goddamn lobbyist in sight.

    After FDR a refreshing return to real American values.

    Can we clone him? There must be some of his DNA somewhere.

    HM
     
  5. School Teacher

    School Teacher Well-Known Member

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    Harry Truman was proud of his daughter, faithful to his wife and had three habits; poker, walking and bourbon whiskey.

    He was not educated in an ivy league school, was a WWI combat veteran and could handle a team of mules.

    He was a practical man and made sound judgments, based on the facts.

    He came up in Missouri politics as part of the Pendergrass machine. When old Jim Pendergrass died, after he had been disgraced in public as being totally corrupt, Harry attended his funeral.

    IMO, Harry was one of our best presidents.

    Give 'em hell Harry, wherever you are.

    Ed Ward
     
  6. Bocephas

    Bocephas Well-Known Member

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    Great man,I wonder what he would say, if he saw what we have in the White House today.

    Bo
     
  7. Recoil Sissy

    Recoil Sissy Well-Known Member

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    Gentlemen:

    No disrespect to President Truman but he is deceased. Instead of whining for the 'good old days' find yourself an ethical candidate to run in the next election cycle.

    The best way to have choices between several quality candidates in a primary is to elect and develop them in lower level offices. Truman for example, started as a county commissioner.

    sissy
     
  8. stokinpls

    stokinpls Well-Known Member

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    sissy. For a minute there I thought you wrote "community organizer". Whew!
     
  9. PAR8HED

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    While I can admire President Truman as a man of integrity, he never compromised his values, in this current environment I am reminded of another of his works. Instead of editorializing, I'll just attach the link.

    http://www.trumanlibrary.org/anniversaries/healthprogram.htm
     
  10. alfermann66

    alfermann66 Member

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    Try this.
     
  11. Fritzboy

    Fritzboy TS Member

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    I heard a story about Harry Truman. Apparently some reporter asked him how he got his roses to grow so well in the Rose Garden. Harry said I use manure. The reporter complained about his coarse choice of words to the President's wife. She responded that it took her six months to get him to say manure. Or so the story goes.
     
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