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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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Why Would I Retain This Idiot?

Republicans talk about running government like a business.  The fallacies in that are too numerous to get into here, but for the next few minutes I’d like my readers to think along those lines.  Continue reading

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Fools Rush In

Late last week I decided to make the feasibility of Ukrainian membership in NATO the topic of my Sunday article.  As you will soon learn my conclusion is clear, my concern was would the posting be long enough.  The Saturday New York Times came to the rescue with an op-ed entitled Stop Dithering, Confront ISIS.  The effort was co-authored by Republican Senators John McCain of Arizona and his puppy dog Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.  Continue reading

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A Statistical Call To Action

Yesterday morning was like most others and one of the first things I did was check my BlackBerry for overnight e-mails.  Again, like most mornings there were many, most of which could either be deleted, ignored or simply filed away.  One stuck out and it is the basis of today’s posting.  Continue reading

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An Evening With Bernie

Most American’s only see U.S. Senators on television.  In a period of 8 days I saw two sitting Senators live.  I actually had a brief personal conversation with one.  Wednesday night I was privileged to be part of a group of several hundred that heard Vermont Independent Bernie Sanders speak in Raleigh.  He entered the room from the rear to a standing ovation.  His shirt collar was open and his sleeves rolled up.  I imagine he had discarded the coat and tie earlier in the day.  As he took the podium to another standing ovation he very quickly motioned the crowd to sit.  His opening words were, “This ain’t Washington”; as the evening went on those three words proved prophetic.  Continue reading

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What Constitutes Justice?

“No justice, no peace,” is a slogan of unknown and often falsely attributed origin that we frequently hear in situations where a group feels it has been transgressed against.  It has been ubiquitous in Ferguson, Missouri and its implications are scary.  Continue reading

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Have It Your Way – Or Not

Earlier this month I wrote an article about inversion thanks to the writing of Paul Krugman.  In it I admitted that despite my education I was ignorant of that definition of the word prior to reading Dr. Krugman’s work.  It looked like another one of those tax loopholes that average Americans could do little more than complain about.  Those with the big bucks influence the legislators who write the tax code and not so coincidentally the tax code gives the big financiers a lot of beneficial loopholes.  Well if the rumors are true there may be a case where ordinary consumers can display their dissatisfaction.  Continue reading

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Is Pat Roberts’ Seat In Play?

Everyone who is following American politics this mid-term knows the Republicans’ magic number for taking control of the Senate is six.  In other words they have to achieve a net gain of six seats in November.  Considering that Democrats are defending 6 more seats many of which are in states that are Republican leaning, President Obama’s unpopularity and the fact that the Democratic base traditionally does a lousy job of turning out in mid-terms most pundits give them a good chance of a takeover.  The conventional wisdom is that a number of Democratic seats are very vulnerable and that only Georgia and Kentucky present the Democrats with a pickup possibility.  Suddenly what should have been a very safe seat in Kansas looks as if it might be in play. Continue reading

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Playing Army

The most common police department motto is “To protect and serve.”  Its origins are somewhat murky, but it appears it came into being in a World War II Army outfit.  The traditional description of what an army does best is, “Kill people and break things.”   Looking at recent events in Ferguson, Missouri I am not the only one who sees the difference.    Continue reading

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Realistic Borders

One of my biggest concerns about American Middle Eastern policy is that Americans and other Westerners are operating with a much different map of the region than the denizens are.  That explains much of the failure and discontent.  What we are doing is like two teams trying to play the same game using a different set of rules.  Continue reading

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The Wisdom Of Paying The Ransom

In the aftermath of the execution of journalist James Foley by ISIS earlier this week the debate over the wisdom of negotiating with terrorists has been rekindled.  I have a definite opinion on that topic and it’s not the one I would like to have; it is the one that I strongly feel is in America’s long term best interest.     Continue reading

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