Friday, July 18

A vituperative, foul-mouthed, President of the United States

"I never gave anybody hell. I just told the truth and they think it's hell."

And on General MacArthur's speech to Congress:

"Nothing but a damn bunch of bullshit!"

My favorite unsourced Harry Truman quote:

"Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day."


  1. Republicans 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 minimum wage--the smaller the
    minimum wage the better. They endorse 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 consider
    electrical power a great blessing--but only when
    the private power companies get their rake-off.
    They think American standard of living is a fine
    thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the
    people. And they admire of Government of the
    United States so much that they would like to
    buy it.
    Harry S. Truman

  2. I recommend a speech Harry gave in St. Louis, Mo., near or during the last week of October, 1948, right before the election he was sure to lose. (ha!)

    It remains to this day the clearest, most distilled expression of core Democratic principles I have ever heard.

    If, as a party, we could stick to these core principles, every election would be a Democratic landslide.

    Hey! Now I've got tomorrow's blog post! Cool..

    PS: Happy belated birthday Blue Gal!

  3. that last is damn good advice. ; )

  4. Truman, and to a lesser degree FDR, had their hands full with MacArthur and his right wing supporters.

    FDR had said MacAuthur was one of the two most dangerous people in America during his presidency.

    What's really amazing is despite MacAuthur's WWII blunders and errors of judgment, he was still hailed as a good general. The the truth was the opposite. Then he lied to the prez concerning Korea, mismanaged the war from the get-go and it wasn't until he was angling to attack China that Truman could fire his ass.

    Read David Halberstam's The Coldest Winter for the complete story.

  5. Or, my favorite quote, regarding the Taft/Hartley Act, which restricted the power of unions and passed over Truman's veto.

    "That goddamned bill..."

    I couldn't agree more.


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