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I had the fortune to be born during the administration of one of the great American Presidents of the twentieth century, Harry Truman.  He serves as the inspiration for this site’s title and some of its content.  What the reader can expect when they visit this web site is, at a minimum, a daily posting on a topic of political importance based on the truth and, almost without exception, a progressive viewpoint.     Continue reading

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Unamerican Candidates

One of the most dangerous threats to America is the emergence of the Tea Party as a force in the Republican Party.  America needs a center-right political party and the Republican Party filled that role for decades.  In the aftermath of the 2008 election the Tea Party emerged and has steadily driven the Republican Party further and further to the right.  These people, who love to refer to themselves as patriots, are actually among the most un-American people on earth.  One thing they certainly do not believe in is small “d” democracy! Continue reading

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Sarah The Scammer

Money in politics is often a theme in my writing and I cannot recall even one occasion where I praised the effect of it.  This week the media picked up on the research of OpenSecret.org and showed where the money donated to SarahPAC was going.  Hint: very little was going to candidates.  Continue reading

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Mid-December 2015?

A commenter to a weekly op-ed I write for a local newspaper actually questioned what I was going to write about when this election was over as if it would be difficult to find material.  Even with a daily column like this, the difficulty is not finding a topic, but deciding among several options.  Come November 5th there will be plenty of stories and that doesn’t include the surprises current events will supply.  Let’s look at what a few will be. Continue reading

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A Welcome Turkish Development

There was a significant development in Turkey on Monday that almost got lost among the news about Ebola and the 2014 election.  I subscribe to the school of thought that Turkey is the key to the current Middle East situation as it pertains to ISIS.  Turkey made a seemingly small move that will have a major impact.  Continue reading

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The Only Certainty Is Uncertainty

While political pundits have been making predictions about control of the Senate I have steadfastly remained uncommitted.  I conceded the obvious that the Republicans had the advantage.  They are defending fewer seats, (15 vs. 21), and many of the Democratic seats are in red states that President Obama lost in 2012 and remains unpopular in.  2014 is a midterm election which traditionally means a lower turnout.  Low turnout elections tend to favor Republicans, which is why voter suppression is such a huge part of their electoral strategy.  Election Day is two weeks from today with early voting having already commenced in some states.  The only thing that is certain at this point is that we will not know which Party will control the 114th Senate on Election Night.      Continue reading

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America’s Ebola Insanity

I have never been shy about criticizing American media.  Left, right and center it has two major faults.  Foremost, they beat a story to death; if they latch onto what they consider to be something hot it gets almost exclusive coverage.  Secondly, they cover ridiculously trivial portions of the story as if they truly were breaking news.  I am among the minority of Americans who will turn to foreign news to get a better perspective.  Saturday night I experienced one of those moments. Continue reading

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Gun Courage

I have never been a big follower of high profile criminal cases.  I lived in suburban Buffalo when the O. J. Simpson trial was going on and hardly paid attention to it.  Trust me, in football crazy Bills’ country it was huge news!  Friday a verdict came down in the Michael Dunn trial that resonated with me and hopefully will have a positive impact on American society.    Continue reading

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Solve Not Campaign And CYA

Thursday I watched bits and pieces of the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations’ hearing into the Ebola situation.  It was a shameful waste of time and money among other resources.     Continue reading

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A Tale Of Two Debates

One of the things political junkies love about campaign season is the plethora of political debates.  I’ve watched several and have even attended a few.  In a word they have been disappointing.  Most debates have been a replay of commercials and a regurgitation of focus group tested answers.  Two debates this week actually offered moments that were at least amusing, if not reassuring about the candidates involved. Continue reading

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OK, I’ll Say It

Wednesday Americans awoke to the news that a second health care worker in Dallas had contracted Ebola.  The fear of an epidemic grew.  “News sources” wishing to sensationalize, and bash President Obama in the process, are fanning the flames of a fire that shouldn’t be igniting.  Yet the way the disease could spread in an extremely difficult manner to control hasn’t been talked about; until here and now that is. Continue reading

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