Friday, March 10, 2017

Favorite Quotes: Truman and the Republicans

“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 Truman
This is probably the longest quote I will ever share, but it's funny how Harry S. Truman got Republicans so right back in the mid-20th century especially considering that the Democratic Party and the Republican Party varied a lot by region from the early 20th century until 1964. 

Take note the new American Health Care Act bill proposed by House Republicans to "replace" Obamacare/ACA. While the act doesn't fully repeal Obamacare/ACA, it essentially guts any government assistance to the poor to get health insurance which will cause millions to lose their healthcare. And to add salt to the wound, there is a new tax cut in the bill for the rich. There are many in the political world who claim "both parties are the same" but honestly they are not. While the vast majority of politicians on both sides do cave for lobbyists, Republicans on average (there are exceptions of course) do not truly support the common man.  

I always think of Hawaii when it comes to the truth about Republicans. Back when Hawaii was annexed by the United States, Republicans ruled as practically the only party for many years and were strongly supported by the wealthy plantation owners. When the common people finally got their rights to vote in free elections, the Republicans were voted literally out of the legislature. Over half a century later, Hawaii still votes so heavily democratic that there are no Republicans in the upper house of the legislature. While I do wish both sides of the aisle had the people's interest at heart, at least Hawaiians were smart enough not to be fooled.


  1. I haven't heard that Truman quote. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Yes, that quotation seems to be as true today as when it was first written.

    We were in Hawaii when Trump won the election. The next day on the radio, this Hawaiian announcer just said "You know who won the election? Donald Trump!" and then just laughed and laughed and laughed. No other commentary was needed!

  3. Harry was a wise man........ he was GROUNDED in reality.
    Turnip Top is the complete opposite.
    Good one Debra - comment above.
    I wonder if the Hawaiian radio announcer is still laughing with
    the possibility of less tourists to the island state.
    Maybe Hawaii should secede and restore the Island's historical monarchy??????????

  4. Just awful to read your summary on the healthcare changes!!!

  5. Just goes to show you that some things never change! :(