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  • HOW 'DIRTY' HARRY WON IN '48

    10/25/2008 2:44:15 PM PDT · by chet_in_ny · 13 replies · 998+ views
    New York Post ^ | 10/25/08 | ZACHARY KARABELL
    For the past sixty years, whenever a presidential candidate is down in the polls days before Election Day, Harry Truman's victory in 1948 inevitable comes up. Of all the comebacks, Truman's still ranks as the most startling, down to the premature headline published by the staunch Republican media mogul Robert McCormick's Chicago Tribune the day after the election: "Dewey Defeats Truman!" A month before the election, Thomas Dewey, the Republican governor of New York, had a double digit lead over Truman. Most pollsters simply stopped polling, believing that voters made their minds up well before Election Day. Of the 50...
  • When Sarah Met Harry

    10/06/2008 6:38:13 AM PDT · by Bean Counter · 10 replies · 666+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 10/6/2008 | J.T. Young
    Five weeks and one vice-presidential debate after joining the Republican ticket, Sarah Palin is not going away. As she proved Thursday night in St. Louis, for those who hoped to make her Dan Quayle, she is not obliging. Already she is rewriting the conventional wisdom that says running mates can only hurt, not help a ticket. Her appeal recalls that of Harry Truman, another vice-presidential selection whom opponents discounted at their peril. Not long to politics, Palin's story is relatively short. She was a two-term city council member and then two-term mayor of small town Wasilla, Alaska. In 2006, she...
  • John McCain Speaks at Truman Library in Independence, MO - Video 10/1/08

    10/02/2008 5:55:28 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 166+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | October 2, 2008 | BrianinMO
    Here is video in two parts of Sen. John McCain speaking yesterday at the Harry S Truman Library in Independence, Missouri, where he focused on the Economic Crisis facing America. Toward the end of his remarks, McCain also talked about the character and leadership of President Harry Truman. . . . . (Watch Video)
  • Palin and the 'Experience' Canard

    09/15/2008 9:44:11 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 20 replies · 504+ views
    online.wsj.com ^ | September 16, 2008 | BRET STEPHENS
    GLOBAL VIEW By BRET STEPHENS Palin and the 'Experience' Canard September 16, 2008; Page A23 If nothing else, the media meltdown over Sarah Palin's candidacy for the vice presidency has exposed the not-unsuspected truth that, when it comes to historical ignorance and political amnesia, our cultural panjandrums are in a class by themselves. ABC's Charlie Gibson is only the latest to offer himself upon the altar of self-parody with his pop-quizzing of the Alaska governor during their interview last week. Gibson: "Do you agree with the Bush doctrine?" Palin: "In what respect, Charlie?" Which was a sensible answer, given that...
  • Truman convenes special session of Congress July 26, 1948

    08/01/2008 5:13:51 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 27 replies · 1,196+ views
    Politico ^ | July 26, 2007 | Andrew Glass
    On 27 occasions, presidents have called both houses into session to deal with a crisis. The most recent of these special sessions -- and the first one since 1856 -- met at the behest of President Harry S. Truman on this day in 1948. With less than four months remaining before Election Day, Truman's approval rating stood at 36 percent. His GOP opponent, New York Gov. Thomas Dewey, looked like a sure winner. So in search of a bold political gesture, the president turned to the provision in the Constitution that allows the president "on extraordinary occasions" to convene one...
  • Bush's Trumanesque moment

    06/28/2008 5:00:09 AM PDT · by Clive · 40 replies · 202+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | Salim Mansur
    The weekly Economist for June 12 placed Iraq on its cover once again. The timing of the cover story was significant. Nine days earlier the Democrats had settled on their presidential nominee -- Barack Hussein Obama -- for the November election. The Iraq story had been downgraded by the mainstream media when the Democratic primary contest intensified and when the good news from Iraq, according to the Economist, was "far better than it was only a few months ago." The good news from Iraq is indeed far better than merely good. The military surge President George W. Bush ordered in...
  • Bush Over Truman (Still a hero after all these years)

    06/19/2008 1:40:42 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 57 replies · 279+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | 6/19/08 | By Emmett Tyrrell
    The stature and repute of our public figures are shaped, as I have written before, by this thing called Kultursmog . It is our political culture, a kultur utterly polluted by politics, left-liberal politics. For instance, it renders the Clintons, as reporter John F. Harris hymned in a recent hagiography, "the two most important political figures of their generation." Continues...================================================================= Still a hero after all these years Anyone who has been following the MSM for the past eight years and has had nothing but the MSM to go by might be forgiven for believing Bush to be some bungling nincompoop,...
  • Obama's History Lesson

    05/09/2008 9:34:22 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 20 replies · 439+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-09-08 | Curt
    In this earlier thread I commented on the incredible ignorant statement by Obama that FDR and Truman talked to our enemies: The other side can label and name-call all they want, but I trust the American people to recognize that it’s not surrender to end the war in Iraq so that we can rebuild our military and go after al Qaeda’s leaders. I trust the American people to understand that it’s not weakness, but wisdom to talk not just to our friends, but our enemies – like Roosevelt did, and Kennedy did, and Truman did. Its a breathtaking quote and...
  • George Will - The 'Unitary Executive' - Effect of Truman on today's Presidency

    05/04/2008 11:03:50 AM PDT · by The_Republican · 5 replies · 119+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 4th, 2008 | George Will
    Business, meaning research by historians and nourishment for history hobbyists, is brisk at the Harry S. Truman Library on this 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift, the desegregation of the armed services, recognition of the state of Israel and the improbable election of the president responsible for many momentous policies. The library is a place, and now is a time, to ponder the transformation Truman wrought in the presidency and the Constitution, and why that transformation should be debated before the next president is selected. With a mere 15 million pages of documents, this library is minuscule: The Clinton Library...
  • Power to the President

    05/04/2008 5:05:48 AM PDT · by Nony · 1 replies · 105+ views
    Primetime Politics ^ | May 4, 2008 | George Will
    INDEPENDENCE, Mo.—Business, meaning research by historians and nourishment for history hobbyists, is brisk at the Harry S. Truman Library on this 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift, the desegregation of the armed services, recognition of the state of Israel and the improbable election of the president responsible for many momentous policies. The library is a place, and now is a time, to ponder the transformation Truman wrought in the presidency and the Constitution and why that transformation should be debated before the next president is selected. With a mere 15 million pages of documents, this library is minuscule: The Clinton...
  • Hoover Planned on Arresting 12 Thousand “Traitors”

    04/04/2008 11:24:46 AM PDT · by SpaceBar · 73 replies · 330+ views
    Javno ^ | December 23, 2007 | Joseph Stedul
    After 50 years, an American state secret has been revealed, about the arrest of 12,000 people because of Hoover’s “red” paranoia. The former director of the FBI, Edgar Hoover made plans for the arrest of 12,000 American citizens which he considered to be threats to national security – documents reveals that no longer bear the status of state secret. Hoover sent this request to the president at the time Harry Truman at the beginning of the Korean war during the 50s. He justified the move as necessary for protection from “treason, spies and sabotage”. For now there is no evidence...
  • Floyd M. Boring, 92, guarded 5 U.S. presidents (R.I.P)

    02/20/2008 8:44:16 PM PST · by RDTF · 15 replies · 284+ views
    Atlantic Journal Cont ^ | Feb 08, 2008 | not specified
    Floyd M. Boring, a Secret Service agent who guarded five presidents and took part in the gunfight that foiled an attempt by Puerto Rican nationalists to assassinate President Harry S. Truman, died Friday at his home in Silver Spring, Md. He was 92. His death was confirmed by the Collins Funeral Home of Silver Spring. On the afternoon of Nov. 1, 1950, Truman was taking a nap at Blair House, where he was living while the White House, across Pennsylvania Avenue, was being renovated. Boring was stationed outside Blair House with several uniformed White House guards, while two Secret Service...
  • Officer Who Saved Truman Dies at 92

    02/06/2008 5:22:15 AM PST · by PurpleMan · 10 replies · 112+ views
    NPR ^ | February 5, 2008
    A former Secret Service officer [Floyd Boring] who helped thwart the attempted assassination of President Harry Truman has died. Boring changed the course of history when he and White House police officers took on two armed men during a shootout near Blair House, where Truman was staying during White House renovations.
  • Officer Who Saved Truman Dies at 92

    02/05/2008 3:21:59 PM PST · by Borges · 17 replies · 207+ views
    NPR ^ | 02/05/08
    A former Secret Service officer who helped thwart the attempted assassination of President Harry Truman has died. Floyd Boring, 92, died Feb. 1 of congestive heart failure at his home in Silver Spring, Md. Boring changed the course of history when he and White House police officers took on two armed men during a shootout near Blair House, where Truman was staying during White House renovations. Boring had just gotten to work Nov. 1, 1950, when the Puerto Rican nationalists arrived to kill Truman. One of the would-be assassins, Oscar Collazo, shot a White House police officer. When they heard...
  • Truman's daughter dies at 83

    01/29/2008 9:17:47 AM PST · by Borges · 19 replies · 260+ views
    Yahoo - AP ^ | 01/29/08
    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - Margaret Truman Daniel, the only child of former President Harry Truman, died Tuesday. She was 83. Daniel died in Chicago following a brief illness, according to a statement from the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence. She had been living in an assisted living facility for the past several weeks and was on a respirator, the library said. Daniel, a longtime resident of New York City, was also the author of mystery novels, many of them set in Washington D.C.; books on the White House; and biographies, including books on her father and her mother,...
  • Our World: Bush's Historical Parallels (Caroline Glick Compares Truman And Bush Presidencies Alert

    01/07/2008 2:25:49 PM PST · by goldstategop · 9 replies · 160+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/07/2008 | Caroline Glick
    During his tenure as President George W. Bush's defense secretary, Donald Rumsfeld often likened the administration's foreign policy decisions to those of the Truman administration during the first years of the Cold War. As President George W. Bush makes his way to Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states with a stated agenda of advancing the goal of Palestinian statehood, it is worth examining president Truman's achievements and comparing them with those of President Bush. President Harry S Truman was in some ways an accidental president. Elected vice president in Franklin Delano Roosevelt's fourth term in...
  • Hoover Planned Mass Jailing in 1950

    12/22/2007 5:25:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 53 replies · 386+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 23, 2007 | TIM WEINER
    A newly declassified document shows that J. Edgar Hoover, the longtime director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, had a plan to suspend habeas corpus and imprison some 12,000 Americans he suspected of disloyalty. Hoover sent his plan to the White House on July 7, 1950, 12 days after the Korean War began. It envisioned putting suspect Americans in military prisons. Hoover wanted President Harry S. Truman to proclaim the mass arrests necessary to “protect the country against treason, espionage and sabotage.” The F.B.I would “apprehend all individuals potentially dangerous” to national security, Hoover’s proposal said. The arrests would be...
  • Report: Hoover had plan for mass arrests (1950, up to 12,000 suspected of being disloyal)

    12/22/2007 12:35:03 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 377+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/22/07 | AP
    WASHINGTON - Former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover had a plan to suspend the rules against illegal detention and arrest up to 12,000 Americans he suspected of being disloyal, according to a newly declassified document. Hoover sent his plan to the White House on July 7, 1950, less than two weeks after the Korean War began. But there is no evidence to suggest that President Truman or any subsequent president approved any part of Hoover's proposal to house suspect Americans in military and federal prisons. Hoover had wanted Truman to declare the mass arrests necessary to "protect the country against...
  • Hoover Planned Mass Jailing in 1950

    12/22/2007 12:10:39 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies · 188+ views
    New York Times ^ | 12/23/2007 | Tim Weiner
    A 1950 Plan: Arrest 12,000, Suspend Due Process By TIM WEINER A newly declassified document shows that J. Edgar Hoover, the longtime director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, had a plan to suspend habeas corpus and imprison some 12,000 Americans he suspected of disloyalty. Hoover sent his plan to the White House on July 7, 1950, 12 days after the Korean War began. It envisioned putting suspect Americans in military prisons. Hoover wanted President Harry S. Truman to proclaim the mass arrests necessary to “protect the country against treason, espionage and sabotage.” The F.B.I would “apprehend all individuals potentially...
  • PRESIDENTIAL LEGACY Will Bush get the Truman treatment?

    08/26/2007 7:08:30 PM PDT · by ricks_place · 69 replies · 1,552+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 8/24/07 | WILLIAM DOUGLAS
    Historians debate whether his stature will increase after he leaves office WASHINGTON — If Harry S. Truman did it, why can't George W. Bush? Truman came back from the political abyss — his public approval rating sank as low as 22 percent thanks in large part to America's entry into the Korean War and his handling of labor disputes at home — to become regarded by historians as one of the nation's top 10 presidents. Lately, some Bush administration officials and White House associates have predicted that President Bush — mired in an unpopular war in Iraq and saddled with...
  • The Last Good Democrat

    08/10/2007 1:57:33 PM PDT · by strikebackusa.com · 9 replies · 533+ views
    strikebackusa.com ^ | 08/10/07 | strikebackusa.com
    This year marks the 62nd anniversary of the atomic bombings of Japan. Every year at this time anti-American hyperbole is at a fever pitch. The revisionist historians that abound in American academia have a field day. They rant about the “racist” decision to bomb defenseless cities, all the while leaving out the complete and utter destruction of Dresden Germany. A city largely populated by white Germans! Pay no attention to Dresden they had it coming. The hue and cry from communists masquerading as professors is nearly drowned out by the cacophony of traitors who agitate for withdrawal from the mid-east...
  • Harry Truman announces his candidacy for president--again.

    05/12/2007 6:49:50 AM PDT · by rhema · 50 replies · 924+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 05/21/2007
  • Iraq effort is similar to Korea effort - but no censorship, no draft, one-tenth the US deaths

    05/09/2007 6:41:54 AM PDT · by syriacus · 13 replies · 284+ views
    Various documents | 5/9/2007 | syriacus
    Our efforts in Iraq are a lot like our efforts were in Korea, because we are fighting for the freedom of millions we are fighting against an "ism" we are training the military of the newly freed country the Democrats want us to abandon the newly freed country, about 4 years after we freed it, even though they know there are serious threats to the new country -------------------------- Our efforts in Iraq are a lot different than our efforts in Korea, because we freed S. Korea two times (in 1945, and the early 50's) we abandoned S. Korea in 1949...
  • Please remember these 17-yo Americans who died Nov, Dec 1950, under Truman, to free S. Korea.

    01/02/2007 9:05:40 AM PST · by syriacus · 46 replies · 1,332+ views
    115 youths in all. All younger than 18.No one demanded that WMDs needed to be found in 1950 Korea, in order to justify freeing South Koreans from potential domination by Kim Jong-Il's father, Kim Il-sung.. Name -- State -- Date of death Donald R Abel -- Pennsylvania   4 Nov 1950 James V Ashbaugh -- Ohio   6 Dec 1950 Donald L Bakie -- Maryland   2 Nov 1950 Ronald R Barker -- Virginia   2 Dec 1950 Robert A Jr Best Jr --Wisconsin   2 Dec 1950 Curtis L Bowman -- Virginia   24 Dec 1950 Donald W Boyd...
  • Durbin questions Bush on comparison to Truman

    12/09/2006 2:28:14 AM PST · by Omega Man II · 42 replies · 1,331+ views
    Durbin questions Bush on comparison to Truman By Christi Parsons Chicago Tribune (MCT) WASHINGTON - Senior lawmakers met with President Bush on the brink of their holiday break Friday, but what broke out between the president and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., was far more than polite chitchat. After Bush brought up the memory of President Harry Truman during a discussion of Iraq, Durbin objected, leading to a disagreement that both sides were later eager to expound upon. "He drew an interesting parallel," Durbin recounted after the meeting. "He said Harry Truman, with the Truman Doctrine, came up with the right...
  • The Election Aftermath: Bush Doctrine Compared to the Truman Doctrine (Similarities and Differences)

    11/13/2006 2:42:20 PM PST · by SirLinksalot · 16 replies · 1,563+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 11/13/2006 | Barry Farber
    The Election Aftermath Barry Farber Monday, Nov. 13, 2006 The elections of Nov. 7 made me feel like the Jewish grandmother in an old joke that deserved a longer shelf-life than it got. Her granddaughter approached her gingerly and said, "Grandma. I really have to talk to you even though what I have to say may upset you terribly." The grandmother says, "What is it, my child? "You know you and I have always talked about important things." "Well," tremulated that young woman. "I'm in love and I intend to get married and he's not Jewish!" The grandmother, rupturing all...
  • Truman radio address explaining what is necessary to win in Korea (1950) [Sounds like Bush re Iraq]

    11/11/2006 5:57:22 AM PST · by syriacus · 37 replies · 1,015+ views
    We know that the cost of freedom is high. But we are determined to preserve our freedom--no matter what the cost. I know that our people are willing to do their part to support our soldiers and sailors and airmen who are fighting in Korea. I know that our fighting men can count on each and every one of you. Our country stands before the world as an example of how free men, under God, can build a community of neighbors, working together for the good of all. That is the goal we seek not only for ourselves, but for...
  • 97 Reasons Democrats Are Weak On Defense And Can't Be Trusted To Govern In Wartime

    09/29/2006 8:30:09 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 38 replies · 1,979+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 29, 2006 | Editorial
    Today's Democrats are nothing like Presidents Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy, who with courage and decisive action kept on top of their jobs and aggressively confronted one national defense crisis after another. Jimmy Carter, elected during the Cold War with the Soviet Union, and (1) believing Americans had an inordinate fear of communism, (2) lifted U.S. citizens' travel bans to Cuba, North Korea, Vietnam and Cambodia and (3) pardoned draft evaders. President Carter (4) also stopped B-1 bomber production, (5) gave away our strategically located Panama Canal and (6) made human rights the central focus of his foreign policy. That led...
  • 97 Reasons Democrats Are Weak On Defense And Can't Be Trusted To Govern In Wartime

    10/01/2006 7:31:56 AM PDT · by Old Badger · 62 replies · 1,953+ views
    Real Clear Politics/Investors.com ^ | 9/29/06 | Investor Business Daily
    Today's Democrats are nothing like Presidents Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy, who with courage and decisive action kept on top of their jobs and aggressively confronted one national defense crisis after another .........
  • Demise of the Los Angeles Times? Hugh Hewitt chronicles newspaper's journey into irrelevance

    07/16/2003 1:06:18 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 20 replies · 541+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, July 16, 2003
    Keeping an eye on the Los Angeles Times is a thankless task because, as James Lileks noted not long ago, nobody really cares what is in the Los Angeles Times. The New York Times and the Washington Post – those papers matter, but not the poor, circulation stagnant and curiously irrelevant Lost Angeles Times. The paper matters in Hollywood, and a tiny bit in Sacramento, but beyond those precincts, hardly at all. Still, it could be a serious player given its monopoly on the creative center of the world's entertainment complex and as the only paper with resources sufficient to...
  • Schwarzenegger's Rival Borrows a Tactic From Truman in 1948 (pushes class warfare)

    08/27/2006 9:20:28 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 9 replies · 365+ views
    LAT ^ | Aug. 27, 2006 | Michael Finnegan
    In his latest attempt to gain traction against Schwarzenegger, Angelides has adopted Truman's populist approach as his own. He says the governor, along with his fellow Republican, President Bush, protects big business and the rich at the expense of middle-class families struggling to make ends meet amid soaring gasoline, healthcare and college-tuition costs. Strategists of both parties say a failure to show any advance among Democrats in the next wave of independent polls could push Angelides into a downward spiral. It would dissuade donors from putting money into his campaign, which, in turn, would make it harder to pay for...
  • Where's Harry Truman?

    08/05/2006 1:28:25 PM PDT · by Frank T · 34 replies · 764+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2006 | Larry Kudlow
    Top generals John P. Abizaid, the head of military operations in Iraq, and Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are strongly suggesting that Iraq may be sinking from a state of violent sectarian unrest into a true civil war. But if that weren't bad enough, Stuart Bowen, the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, now estimates that corruption costs in Iraq have reached a startling $4 billion per year. This is vital taxpayer war money -- money you'd think would be safeguarded by the GOP Congress. But nothing, it seems, could be further from the truth. A...
  • The Clintons Made Anti-Semitic Remarks (Democrats Heavily Anti-Semitic and Pro-Terrorist)

    08/04/2006 8:39:01 AM PDT · by HuntTheLeft · 43 replies · 2,454+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 9/21/1999 | NewsMax
    The Clintons Made Anti-Semitic Remarks (and also Democrat darlings Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Michael Jackson, Farahkan, and countless other high profile Democrats - but the Leftist media gives their own a pass of course - hypocrites!) NewsMax.com September 21, 1999 Washington - Hillary Clinton, a candidate for U.S. Senator from New York, has been courting the Jewish vote and has even suggested she has Jewish ancestors. Hillary’s desire to woo the Jewish community is understandable, but retired Arkansas state trooper Larry Patterson says Hillary Clinton is no friend of the Jewish community. During the six years Patterson guarded the Clintons, he...
  • Greek protesters topple Truman statue in anti-war demo

    07/25/2006 6:27:42 PM PDT · by wjersey · 43 replies · 1,313+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7/25/2006 | Staff
    In a move harking back to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Greek leftists pulled down a statue of former U.S. President Harry S. Truman as part of an anti-war demonstration on Tuesday against the Israeli bombing of Lebanon. "About 25 demonstrators tied ropes to the Truman statue and pulled it down," a police spokesman told Reuters. The group was part of a larger demonstration of several hundred Greeks marching on the U.S. and Israeli embassies. The statue, located in central Athens not far from the U.S. embassy, has been the subject of numerous attacks over the years. It has been...
  • The Truman Legacy

    07/24/2006 10:29:45 AM PDT · by JSedreporter · 27 replies · 757+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 24, 2006 | Katherine Duncan
    Though it has been a long 53 years since former President Harry S. Truman was in office, he was the hot topic of conversation at The Hudson Institute on Monday, July 17, where a panel discussed his legacy and influence on current policies. Truman’s defense-laden foreign policy has recently been compared to President George W. Bush’s tactics for the War on Terror; an association that was a major point of discussion for the three members of the panel. While the speakers all had their own specific opinions of the Bush-Truman comparison, they all praised Truman’s policies while he was in...
  • Kerry vs. Rush (Kerry blasts Limbaugh in typical Lurch style)

    07/23/2006 6:25:41 PM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 103 replies · 4,857+ views
    The Forward ^ | July 23, 2006
    Senator John Kerry quickly issued a statement Friday blasting Rush Limbaugh for asserting during his Friday broadcats that "liberals have hated Israel for the longest time and want to destroy it." Here it is: "Rush Limbaugh’s ignorance and willingness to divide Americans knows no bounds. His latest statement about Israel is beyond offensive to all of us who have fought to protect Israel in the face of enemies committed to its destruction. "Rush Limbaugh needs to pick up a history book instead of a donut. It was a Democratic president who first recognized the State of Israel. It was a...
  • The Inconvenient Truth About Truman (Noemie Emery)

    07/08/2006 11:02:33 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 43 replies · 1,357+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 7-17-06 | Noemie Emery - Political Analysis
    The Inconvenient Truth About Truman His heirs are Republicans now. by Noemie Emery 07/17/2006, Volume 011, Issue 41 At the time he left office in January 1953, so toxic that most of his party had shunned him, no one could imagine that Harry S. Truman, common-man heir to a great wartime president, would one day be claimed by both major parties, each of them longing to be just like him. For years, Republicans dreamed of the next Ronald Reagan and Democrats of the next John F. Kennedy. But now their idol is the man who can't match these figures for...
  • Top Ten Most Respected Presidential Characteristics

    07/04/2006 7:06:23 AM PDT · by tang0r · 14 replies · 1,234+ views
    The Prometheus Institute ^ | 7/4/2006 | Justin Hartfield & M Harrison
    10. John F. Kennedy's ambition. JFK displayed impressive Presidential leadership in three highly important yet previously unrelated areas. He enhanced American prestige as he inspired public support for space travel and exploration, despite steep risks, frequent failure, and high cost.
  • Max Boot: Truman Acted Alone, Too(Max delivers a Boot into the Left's rear!)

    06/14/2006 5:48:33 AM PDT · by kellynla · 24 replies · 1,227+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 14, 2006 | Max Boot
    WHEN HE delivered the West Point commencement address last month, President Bush compared his efforts to stand up to terrorists to Harry Truman's efforts to stand up to communists during the early years of the Cold War. Liberal pundits were outraged. How dare this Republican cite a sainted Democrat as his inspiration? Commentators such as Peter Beinart, the former New Republic editor, suggested that Bush should instead learn from Truman about the need to recognize the limits of American strength, eschew grandiose rhetoric and unilateral action and encase American power in a "web" of multilateral institutions such as the United...
  • Bush Knows His History

    06/05/2006 7:57:14 AM PDT · by FreeKeys · 138 replies · 3,365+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | June 05, 2006 | Michael Barone
    Two weeks ago, I pointed out that we live in something close to the best of times, with record worldwide economic growth and at a low point in armed conflict in the world. Yet Americans are in a sour mood, a mood that may be explained by the lack of a sense of history. The military struggle in Iraq (nearly 2,500 military deaths) is spoken of in as dire terms as Vietnam (58,219), Korea (54,246) or World War II (405,399). We bemoan the cruel injustice of $3 a gallon for gas in a country where three-quarters of people classified as...
  • President Commencement Address at the United States Military Academy at West Point [The Long War]

    05/27/2006 9:46:21 AM PDT · by bnelson44 · 12 replies · 985+ views
    The field of battle is where your degree and commission will take you. This is the first class to arrive at West Point after the attacks of September the 11th, 2001. Each of you came here in a time of war, knowing all the risks and dangers that come with wearing our nation's uniform. And I want to thank you for your patriotism, your devotion to duty, your courageous decision to serve. America is grateful and proud of the men and women of West Point. President Bush, May 27, 2006... In this new war, we have set a clear doctrine....
  • Kirkpatrick hit liberals for blaming America first

    05/14/2006 11:26:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies · 1,509+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | May 15, 2006 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    Jeane J. Kirkpatrick's eyes twinkle at the mention of that August 1984 night at the Republican National Convention in Dallas when she eviscerated liberal Democrats as the "blame America first crowd." "When Marxist dictators shoot their way into power in Central America, the San Francisco Democrats don't blame the guerrillas and their Soviet allies," ... "They blame United States policies of 100 years ago. But then they always blame America first." With those words, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations -- a long-time Democrat -- described the difference between President Reagan's determination to defeat communism and Democratic Party leaders'...
  • no substitute for victory-Today In History-April 19. 1951(Truman, MacArthur-Axis of Evil)

    04/19/2006 6:41:25 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 4 replies · 455+ views
    www.unclesam.net ^ | 4/19/06 | unclesam.net/SELF
    "In war there is no substitute for victory" These words were spoken before a Joint Session of Congress 55 years ago today. Just eight days after Harry Truman fired him at 1AM Washington Time on April 11th, General Douglas MacArthur was in the United States receiving a heroes welcome. MacArthur took the opportunity to defend his ideas about winning the war in Korea that liberals has trashed as threatening to start World War III. After the Red Chinese intervened MacArthur noted that he was being denied the opportunity to win the war and made that famous quote, although the liberal...
  • Polls and Presidents (What Truman and Bush have in common)

    03/30/2006 6:46:52 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 12 replies · 897+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 30, 2006 | Alan Dowd
    THOUSANDS OF TROOPS have died fighting a war he chose to fight--a war that increasingly appears to be a microcosm of something much larger than what the American people had bargained for. He seems to be stretching presidential power beyond what his predecessors ever imagined. His approval ratings hover around the freezing point. It's no coincidence that his party is beginning to stray from him, and the press is writing him off as a failure.What sounds like a thumbnail sketch of George W. Bush in 2006, is actually a description of Harry S. Truman's nightmarish 1950. In fact, these underestimated...
  • 38.5 Seconds at Blair House (Book review, FR mentioned)

    03/11/2006 4:12:54 AM PST · by jocon307 · 10 replies · 459+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 03/10/2006 | Lawrence Henry
    American Gunfight: The Plot to Kill Harry Truman and the Shoot-Out That Stopped It by Stephen Hunter and John Bainbridge, Jr. The firearms finikins at freerepublic.com, and they are legion, favor one writer above all others for gun lore and gun adventure. Stephen Hunter, author of novels including The Master Sniper (1980), The Day Before Midnight (1989), Point of Impact (1993), and Havana (2003), has been for more than two decades the film critic of what his freeper fans generally call "The Washington Compost," in which position he has won a Pulitzer Prize (and published Violent Screen, a collection of...
  • INFILTRATION OF THE ROOSEVELT & TRUMAN ADMINISTRATIONS!

    03/08/2006 5:58:44 PM PST · by strategofr · 14 replies · 295+ views
    The third in a series about the depression of the 1930's. SPECIAL NOTE: MUCH OF WHAT WE NOW KNOW HAS ONLY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE OF OPENING RUSSIAN ARCHIVES FOLLOWING THE COLLAPSE OF THE SOVIET UNION! What is the most interesting, however, is that our worst suspicions have been confirmed. The government and the media were replete with communists and the American Communist Party was run by the Soviet Union. The left wing of the United States persists and continues to scream that the investigation of the American government (the Congress, the FBI, the OSS, The CIA, the Executive, the Courts,...
  • Churchill speech a lesson for the present

    03/05/2006 1:30:21 PM PST · by bd476 · 7 replies · 583+ views
    BBC News UK ^ | 5 March 2006 | William Horsley
    Churchill's speech defined the world order for the next 40 years In his "Iron Curtain" speech, delivered exactly 60 years ago, Winston Churchill brilliantly defined an era. The speech may also have lessons for the present. It was a heroic but troubled time. The world was in turmoil after the most terrible conflict in human history. On 5 March 1946 Churchill was no longer the UK's prime minister but he still enjoyed a giant reputation around the world. So US President Harry Truman himself travelled 1,000 miles to Fulton, Missouri, to hear Churchill give a speech after receiving an...
  • March 5, 1946 Churchill's Sinews of Peace - Iron Curtain Speech

    03/05/2006 11:52:40 AM PST · by bd476 · 24 replies · 2,745+ views
    In one of the most famous orations of the Cold War period, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill condemns the Soviet Union's policies in Europe and declares, "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent." Churchill's speech is considered one of the opening volleys announcing the beginning of the Cold War. Churchill, who had been defeated for re-election as prime minister in 1945, was invited to Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri where he gave this speech. President Harry S. Truman joined Churchill on the platform and listened intently to his...
  • Death of a Terror Lobby--Why is the hate-group that laid the foundation for CAIR gone?

    02/03/2006 7:18:32 AM PST · by SJackson · 21 replies · 2,401+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | February 3, 2006 | Joe Kaufman
    On Wednesday, January 18, I received an e-mail from someone identifying himself as “Ahmed.” He wrote to me that he was a “Muslim activist” and that he wanted me to come on his radio show to discuss my work, or, in his words, “to give [my] side of the story.” In doing a simple web search on his e-mail address, it turned out that this individual was none other than the Director of Communications for the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Ahmed Rehab. While I didn’t know his motives in contacting me, I had recalled when...
  • Hyenas, Jackals and Monsters with Microphones

    01/04/2006 4:16:27 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 17 replies · 876+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 4 January 2006 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    I often decry the laziness, incompetence and bias of the American press. Tuesday night in Sago, West Virginia, the press sank to an all-time low, in covering the mine disaster. Working on the Internet, with a 24-hour news channel running, I heard the announcement that the original reports were false. Instead of one miner dead and 12 rescued, the reverse was true. Only one was found alive where they had barricaded themselves in, to await rescue. An orgy of press coverage followed, in which reporters stuck microphones in the faces of grief-stricken survivors, seeking agonizing sound bites for the titillation...