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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 04:46 PM
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I am going to post this here instead of GD, pick your favorite Harry Truman quote.
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/h/harry_s_tru...


America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand


I like this one, but there are lots of to pick from.
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old mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 04:54 PM
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1. "Put them on the defensive. And don't ever apologize for anything."
I haven't heard a Democrat say anything like that for over 40 years.

Pretty refreshing.

mark
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 04:56 PM
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2. I like that one also.
:kick:
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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 06:31 PM
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3. Harry on The Bomb: "We thank God that it has come to us... He may guide us to use it in His ways..."
"It is an awful responsibility which has come to us.

We thank God that it has come to us, instead of to our enemies; and we pray that He may guide us to use it in His ways and for His purposes.
"

I'm a big Truman fan, but I always get a kick out of how he tried to make bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki out to be God's will.
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 06:39 PM
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4. I really wonder if why Harry was kept in the dark about the bomb with FDR so sick.
Not only do he have to become President, then has to deal with WWII and atomic bomb.

I am sure he had many sleepless nights dealing with this.

I like this quote.


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.
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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 07:37 PM
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11. Actually Truman was quite aware that he'd probably end up finishing FDR's term
Got that from reading a couple of different biographies of Truman. It seems to be something that no one normally came right out and said--that the old man was dying--but his selection as VP had everything to do with who the Democratic bosses in 1944 wanted to fill out the term when, not if, the worst happened. This was back in the days when doctors wouldn't tell their patients they were dying of cancer if they thought it untreatable; 90% of the time the patient knew, but no one spoke about it. An age of taboo proliferation.
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Lionel Mandrake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 06:51 PM
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7. Harry on Oppenheimer: "Don't let that cry baby back into my office."
I'm a fan of J. R. Oppenheimer, who was decent enough to regret the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 07:01 PM
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10. The bomb did change the world.
It would have be great to grow up without the air raid drills at school.

It wasn't fun growing up the fear of a atomic war hanging over your head.

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Lionel Mandrake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 07:59 PM
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16. Therapy is available.
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:45 PM
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18. The most depressing movie to watch is On the Beach.
I won't watch it again.

I was talking to someone who said they had to wear dog tags to school because of the bomb.

He is older then me so I don't remember anything like that.

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Lionel Mandrake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:12 PM
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19. Especially the people lined up to get their cyanide pills.
On the Beach was a good movie. But Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove was better.
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:15 PM
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20. I need to watch Dr. Strangelove again.
It has been awhile.
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El Supremo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 06:46 PM
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5. I think this was his. >>
Edited on Sun Jan-17-10 07:08 PM by El Supremo


I went to his library last year. I believe it is the best Presidential Library.
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 06:55 PM
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8. I went to the library many years ago.
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 06:51 PM
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6. Here is one that should be posted in GD, this set of fireworks.
Whenever a fellow tells me he's bipartisan, I know he's going to vote against me.
Harry S. Truman


Time never changes.
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WinterParkDonkey Donating Member (103 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 06:59 PM
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9. Truman is my favorite President.....
I really like this quote:
Its amazing what can be accomplished if you don't care who gets the credit.

I also liked it that he used to call Chai Kai Chek General Cash My Check.
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Sky Masterson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 07:38 PM
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12. "Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day."
:)
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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 07:42 PM
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13. Richard Nixon is a no good, lying bastard.
He can lie out of both sides of his mouth at the same time, and if he ever caught himself telling the truth, he'd lie just to keep his hand in.
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Drunken Irishman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 07:51 PM
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14. "Bess, babe, will you just smile once?"
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NNadir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 07:57 PM
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15. "The health of American children, like their education, should be recognized as a definite public...
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:02 PM
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17. This battle has been going on for a long time.
This Day in Truman History
November 19, 1945
President Truman's Proposed Health Program
On November 19, 1945, only 7 months into his presidency, Harry S. Truman sent a Presidential message to the United States Congress proposing a new national health care program. In his message, Truman argued that the federal government should play a role in health care, saying "The health of American children, like their education, should be recognized as a definite public responsibility." One of the chief aims of President Truman's plan was to insure that all communities, regardless of their size or income level, had access to doctors and hospitals. President Truman emphasized the urgent need for such measures, asserting that "About 1,200 counties, 40 percent of the total in the country, with some 15,000,000 people, have either no local hospital, or none that meets even the minimum standards of national professional associations. "

President Truman's plan was to improve the state of health care in the United States by addressing five separate issues. The first issue was the lack of doctors, dentists, nurses, and other health professionals in many rural or otherwise lower-income areas of the United States. He saw that "the earning capacity of the people in some communities makes it difficult if not impossible for doctors who practice there to make a living." He proposed to attract doctors to the areas that needed them with federal funding. The second problem that Mr. Truman aimed to correct was the lack of quality hospitals in rural and lower-income counties. He proposed to provide government funds for the construction of new hospitals across the country. To insure only quality hospitals were built, the plan also called for the creation of national standards for hospitals and other health centers. Mr. Truman's third initiative was closely tied to the first two. It called for a board of doctors and public officials to be created. This board would create standards for hospitals and ensure that new hospitals met these standards. The board would also be responsible for directing federal funds into medical research.

The most controversial aspect of the plan was the proposed national health insurance plan. In his November 19, 1945 address, President Truman called for the creation of a national health insurance fund to be run by the federal government. This fund would be open to all Americans, but would remain optional. Participants would pay monthly fees into the plan, which would cover the cost of any and all medical expenses that arose in a time of need. The government would pay for the cost of services rendered by any doctor who chose to join the program. In addition, the insurance plan would give a cash balance to the policy holder to replace wages lost due to illness or injury.

President Truman's health proposals finally came to Congress in the form of a Social Security expansion bill, co-sponsored in Congress by Senators Robert Wagner (D-NY) and James Murray (D-MT), along with Representative John Dingell (D-MI). For this reason, the bill was known popularly as the W-M-D bill. The American Medical Association (AMA) launched a spirited attack against the bill, capitalizing on fears of Communism in the public mind. The AMA characterized the bill as "socialized medicine", and in a forerunner to the rhetoric of the McCarthy era, called Truman White House staffers "followers of the Moscow party line".* Organized labor, the main public advocate of the bill, had lost much of its goodwill from the American people in a series of unpopular strikes. Following the outbreak of the Korean War, President Truman was finally forced to abandon the W-M-D Bill. Although Mr. Truman was not able to create the health program he desired, he was successful in publicizing the issue of health care in America. During his Presidency, the not-for-profit health insurance fund Blue Shield-Blue Cross grew from 28 million policies to over 61 million.** When on July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Medicare bill into law at the Harry S. Truman library & Museum, he said that it "all started really with the man from Independence".**

See the full text of Harry S. Truman's November 19, 1945 address to Congress
Read Harry S. Truman's remarks at the National Health Assembly Dinner of 1948
*Poen, Monte M.,"National Health Insurance," in Richard S. Kirkendall (ed.), The Harry S. Truman Encyclopedia (Boston: G.K. Hall & Co, 1989): 251

**Ibid


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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:18 PM
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21. A bureaucrat is a Democrat who holds some office that a Republican wants.
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 01:10 AM
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22. Don't cheer, men..those poor bastards are dying..
well, that is what he said in the movie..don't know if it's an actual quote.but i like it!
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-18-10 01:56 AM
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23. "Being president is like riding a tiger."
Not from the website, from memory (so my bad if that's not the exact quote).
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