Thursday, June 08, 2006

Remembering Harry Truman

In 1941, an obscure senator from the state of Missouri by the name of Harry S Truman, sitting at the head of a senate investigating committee, equated war profiteering with treason. It is estimated that the work of the "Truman Committee", as it came to be known, saved many thousands of allied lives and over a billion in 1940's dollars. A good many corrupt contractors, not to mention a number of military personnel, went to prison. The nation was so impressed by the dedication and integrity of this gutsy little son-of-a-bitch from the Midwest that in the summer of 1944, Franklin D. Roosevelt dropped his popular vice-president, Henry Wallace, from the ticket and made Truman his running mate. Eighty-two days into his fourth term, a tired and ailing FDR died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage at his summer White House in Warm Springs, Georgia. Harry Truman was now the president of the United States.

Is there not a member of congress out there with the courage to investigate the obvious corruption and profiteering that is taking place today in Iraq? The duplicity that took occurred all those decades ago in what was yet to be called the "Military Industrial Complex", happened behind the back of a man (Roosevelt) who is now viewed by historians to be one of the greatest presidents in American history. Are these democratic and republican fools in the House and Senate naive enough to doubt that the problem today is much worse under the direction of the most criminal administration since the invention of dirt?

Harry Truman is dead and he's not coming back.

Pray for peace.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


At 1:38 PM, Blogger stoney13 said...

Harry Truman would run the whole mess out of Congress with Teddy Rosevelts big stick! That senate after careful consideration of all the nations problems picks a devicive Constitutional Ammendment that bans gay marrige which they knew perfectly well didn't have a snowball's chance in Hell of passing! It's fairly obvious they haven't a clue as to the concerns of The American People!

At 9:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like to hear Harry Truman's thoughts on Dubya and Cheney - I imagine that most would be unprintable!

All in all, quite a comedown for this country: going from Harry Truman as president to these thugs currently running things.

Mary Eman

At 4:50 AM, Anonymous Sandra Green said...

Dear Tom,

Sometimes I only read AlterNet to read your comments. As I have said before, you are very clear and precise in your posts. I have to laugh every so often when you get over stimulated with the comedy of errors in Washington.

I remember FDR thru Clinton as I am 68, but it has never been this scary. Kennedy and Cuba only lasted days, as compared to this daily grind of deceit, betrayal and crimes against all Americans every where. I am getting pretty burned out and overwhelmed with the MSM telling me daily the democrats are spineless. I get really pissed off about how the MSM chooses who we vote for. There are so many dirty tricks, that mail stream people never hear about.

After the Handmaid's Tale it becomes very scary to watch. Maybe you need to share your jokes with us all so we stay connected. Thanks, Sandy Green, ShaHawkSpirit

At 6:18 AM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Thankyou for the kind words, Sandy! Yes they are a bunch of thugs, are they not? I'm afaid the damage they've done to our country will be with us for generations.

Tom Degan

At 11:12 PM, Anonymous sickofsleaze said...

I remember Truman well. I'm proud to be a native of his state. Truman was loyal and stood up for his friends.The sign on his Oval Office desk said: "The buck stops here", a stark contrast to the buck-passer in chief and liar in thief currently occupying it. Give 'em hell Harry said "I don't give 'em hell I tell them the truth and they think it's hell. One thing I thank god for when I wake up in the wee hours of the morning in a cold sweat over Bush's stupidity, ain't we lucky Bush wasn't in the White House then!!! We would be in a nukular winter.

At 10:50 PM, Anonymous Barbara D. said...

I am old enough to remember the preening headlines "Dewey Won." The hell he did! Back then the SCOTUS couldn't change the outcome.

But they sure as hell can now. We've gotta change that, first thing!


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