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How Harry Truman might look at Donald Trump

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Isn’t it amazing that GOP that was so worried about Donald Trump at the first GOP debate, that they tried to box him in to committing to support whatever GOP candidate the Republicans ended up selecting in the primaries. These are the same hypocrites that are now trying to find any way they can to stop Trump from winning.

Listening to fools like Lindsey Graham, and Mitt Romney – the same Mitt Romney that couldn’t beat Obama despite the worse economy since the Great Depression – is just demonstrative proof that Washington and those so called power-brokers, are fearing the worst possible fate should Trump actually win . . . a president that they cannot control or be bought-off with lobbyist money. Their very opposition should be enough reason to check the box for Trump when you are alone in the voting booth.

Personally I cannot stand Trump’s arrogance, and can barely tolerate listening to his lack of decorumtruman1 and respect when he speaks about people who are against him, but maybe that is the attitude that it is going to take to clean house inside the Beltway. His abruptness, though not Trumanesque, has been one of shock and dismay by his opponents on both sides of the aisle much like Truman.

History can be a great teacher, and is probably the reason our Department of Education has opted out of teaching real American history in schools. Instead they choose to indoctrinate our children to be good little Maoists, filling their heads full of Marxist ideas that goes against every grain of freedom, liberty, and self-responsibility that made America the greatest country on earth. Maybe they can be trained to accept mediocrity, but I for one, certainly reject it.

Those who don’t see that are blinded by stupidity or are simply so tied to situation comedies and reality shows on television, the world is passing them by. How else can one possibly explain the popularity of a candidate like Bernie Sanders, a self-confessed Socialist/Marxist who believes in the legalized theft of the earnings of hardworking Americans (taxes), and redistributing them to those who do not have the self-responsibility to seek and achieve their own dreams. It is our children who are buying into such tripe that has failed every time it is tried, and can only be held together at the point of a gun.

Median family income has dropped slightly to $53,657, down from the year before. Every income group has suffered losses, with the lowest fifth of households dropping close to 1%. As for poor America which has been being steered to the New Government Plantation by Democrats and liberal Republicans for years, the overall poverty number barely budged. It did however climb by almost 600,000 among blacks in 2014, more than half of whom were under age 18. Black unemployment is more than double for the white population . . . so much for the hope and change promised by Obama back in 2008.

Additionally, Democrat policies have setback race relations 50 years with their ridiculous politically correct diversity programs, and because of Obamacare – AKA, Affordable Care Act – we have seen the demise of our once vibrant workforce. Administration policies, rules, and regulations, coupled with mandatory employer based health insurance for employees who work more than 30 hours a week, we can now boast the smallest workforce participation rate since the Great Depression (95 million people out of work). Forget about the phony unemployment rate the government touts; liars figure and figures lie.

Sure, some of those who were uninsured before Obamacare now have insurance paid for by we taxpayers, but for far many others, the cost of insurance coupled with higher deductibles, and the loss of their family doctors, is depriving them from adequate healthcare.

If you consider that United Healthcare, the nation’s largest insurer, is scaling back its marketing of Obamacare exchange plans and may exit the program completely; and that nearly half of the 23 non-profit insurance plans created under Obamacare in 2011, at a cost of $2.4 billion, have announced they will close by the end of the year, we see the train wreck that was predicted when the Democrats force-through their nearly 3000-page healthcare bill in 2009-2010.

After seven years of a miserable and failed presidency that has boosted the U.S. debt to over $19 trillion dollars; and has increased the number of beneficiaries on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—AKA food stamps–to more than 46,000,000 for 38th straight months, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA), it is time to find a no-nonsense captain for our ship of state.

So let’s cut to the chase. Washington in general, Democrats, Republicans, and are so fearful of what will happen to their little bureaucratic fiefdoms should the current revolt by the American voter put Donald Trump in the White House, they are now trying to find ways to change the primary-election rules; throwing every stereotypical doomsday warning they can think of; and teaming up to say “Trump can’t beat Clinton”, and using every dirty trick in the book (and some we haven’t even seen yet) to stop the Trump train.

The Republican’s want to force their hand-selected and easy-to-control truman2candidate, be that Kasich, Romney, Ryan, or anybody for that matter, down the throats of their party members through a brokered convention, while the Democrats sit on the sideline with their criminally complicit media stooges predicting “Hillary will win in a landslide”. The out-of-touch masses of uninformed American’s who probably will never get off their butts and show-up to vote, may be convinced to believe that, so why all the worry for those who oppose Trump? They should be cheering Trump’s success.

As to those entrenched Republicans who have been in office far too long and have abused the privilege they have had to serve with their self-enrichment mentality, the thing they fear most, is being booted off they gravy-train and being sent home to live under the mess they created by not standing on principle.

For most Americans who are under the age of forty, I probably should grant you some slack I suppose, for you may be the product of our failed education system, seized by the federal government with the creation of the Department of Education in 1979 under the failed Democrat president, Jimmy Carter. And so maybe we don’t remember one of the great Democrat presidents, Harry Truman, who was a man of conviction, a man of few words, and a president who spoke what was on his mind.

According to the National Churchill Museum, the words of George Santayana from his book, The Life of Reason, written in 1905 . . . “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” So I give our readers who are just plain tired of being taken for granted and treated with disrespect by those we elected to office the following quotes which were uttered by Truman during his time as the resident of the White House (April 12, 1945 – January 20, 1953):

President Truman identified politicians correctly using himself as the perfect example . . . “My choice early in life was either to be a piano player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference.” Hopefully the voters will take notice.

“You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.” The Good Old Boys Club, where everyone gets along in Washington is for the birds. The people’s representatives should be strictly business.

“This administration is going to be cussed and discussed for years to come.” True for Truman and most likely will be true should Trump become president.

“Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” Is there any better statement for the failure of leadership we have seen for the past two presidencies and their administrations?

“Carry the battle to them. Don’t let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don’t ever apologize for anything.” Perfect words for President Obama and failed Secretary of State, Ms. Clinton, for their lackluster performances.

Those who want the Government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are so afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination.” The failures of all Marxist societies could not be more accurately described and somewhere in those words you will see where America is headed under the false promises of those like Obama, Clinton, and Sanders.

“Washington is a very easy city for you to forget where you came from and why you got there in the first place . . . I remember when I first came to Washington. For the first six months I wondered how the hell I ever got here. For the next six months I wondered how the hell the rest of them ever got here.” Everyone of those elected to govern should take stock of what Truman was saying here, and we the voters need to remind them with the power of our votes to remove them from office when they do other than what we sent them to Washington to do.

“The human animal cannot be trusted for anything good except EN MASSE. The combined thought and action of the whole people of any race, creed or nationality, will always point in the right direction.” Words of wisdom soon forgotten by most of those we have elected to office. Government’s failed policies of centrally planned programs have done little to bring about desired results which have cost the American taxpayers trillions of wasted dollars . . . do the Great Society, War on Poverty, and Shovel-Ready Jobs Programs ring a bell? Freedom and liberty can only be guaranteed through self-responsible actions of the people.

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4 Responses to "How Harry Truman might look at Donald Trump"

  1. Gordon Duff, Senior Editor  March 18, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Trump may mean well but he is a total box of rocks, almost a stupid as those he derides.

    All figures and facts referred to in this article are fabricated.

    For those unaware, unemployment is less than half what it was during the Bush collapse and markets are soaring with the Dow crossing 17,600 today despite GOP pronouncements that the dow is down 80%.

    The US has a deal with Russia on Syria, a deal with Iran, is trying to dump turkey, has dumped Israel….and some don’t like it.

    • Ed Mattson  March 20, 2016 at 8:05 am

      Gordon,
      Figures are footnoted and I stand by them. Unemployment is a bogus figure created in the Sixties to make the politicos look better by not counting those who are no longer looking for work for any number of reasons. The 90+ million who are NOT WORKING tell the real story, as do the figures to those, like my wife and myself, who are working 2 jobs, because many companies are dodging the bullet on Obamacare by having only apart-time workers. Much of the regained employment is at significantly lower wage jobs and void of any benefit package. Obamacare numbers of higher deductibles and higher payments are absolutely true as is the number of companies bailing out. If you believe the economy is booming and that the loss of family wealth is incorrect, then perhaps you had better look again. The stock market rise has little to do with the state of the average Joe in middle America struggling to make ends meet. The old saying that the rich get richer and the poor get children, is even more appropriate today than in the past.The status quo in Washington is that both parties have only one goal and that is “permanency in office” as part of the good old boys club by doling out taxpayer money to keep all of us on the Government Plantation, ala Bernie Sanders unacceptable and trillion dollar giveaways, and the kids but into that with no understanding of what that entails. We’ve seen every form of government with such ideas (Cuba, Russia, North Korea, et al) and they ain’t a Bernie Sanders utopia. America wasn’t made on “handouts and freebies” but by self-responsible initiative. Once in office politicians lose that last ounce of truth, honesty and integrity. There isn’t much difference between the parties once they hit Washington city limits. Perhaps Trump is needed to clean house, but one must understand mom’s old warning . . . “careful what you wish for”. It is also hard to argue against government needing to be run like a business with “accountability” to the voters (i.e. stockholders) and that just isn’t happening with the weasels that don’t have an ounce of business experience in their repertoire. They look like the Keystone Cops running the government. Voting for the same-o, same-o politicians we get the same-o, same-o garbage.

  2. jones  March 18, 2016 at 12:25 am

    If egomania and greed are unrestrained, we will lead the life of a predator, one who loots everyone, friend or foe. Plato

  3. Altimometer  March 18, 2016 at 12:23 am

    Ted Cruz called Trump supporters non informed, as in calling millions of Americans stupid. How thoroughly is someone like that to be expected to shaft an electorate. As you stated the other “party” consists of a known criminal and a communist. By the way is not Cruz of Canadian birth, Ed? Trump falls outside of the network according to Gingrich and Bob Schieffer so what’s bad for the establishment might be good for the rest of us.

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