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. (Address in St. Paul at the Municipal Auditorium. October 13, 1948)
Harry Truman was an ass kicker. He spoke plainly, and he spoke the truth. This is mild. Google Harry Truman quotes, and you’ll find a quick-witted, sharp-tongued leader who spoke from background of knowledge, holding nothing back. The sad thing is, switch out a few words, and you could insert this quote into any politicians stump-speech today. It really gives you an idea how long we’ve been dealing with the destructive policies of the rightwing in this country.
I’ve read bits and pieces on him, I’m looking forward to reading a full biography sometime soon.Social tagging: democrats > friday fave > harry truman > president > Republicans > united states