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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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It’s The Environment, Stupid

I’m certain that today’s political discussion will be dominated by immigration – I’ll get to that tomorrow.  Today I want to reveal the true importance of stopping the Keystone XL Pipeline.  If you don’t have the time to read the entire posting here it is: the environment. Continue reading

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A Veto Saved

Early Tuesday evening as I sat in a Board of Directors meeting of a domestic violence organization my BlackBerry went off informing me that the Keystone XL Pipeline bill failed to get the necessary 60 votes in the Senate by the thinnest of margins, 59-41.  I showed it to a friend and said, “It saved Obama a veto.”  A smile and an affirmative nod was his reply.  Continue reading

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A Post Political President

It’s Tuesday morning as I write this article and it is very much one of those waiting for the other shoe to fall type mornings in American politics.  Actually it is more like waiting for an entire display of shoes to fall over.  There are several potential big stories in the offing: an Executive Order on immigration, the Keystone XL Pipeline vote in the Senate, (more about that later),  impeachment, a Continuing Resolution, the FCC’s ruling,(or not), on net neutrality and Russian action in Eastern Ukraine in light of Putin leaving the G20 early; just to name a few.  Continue reading

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The Enshrinement Of Thurgood Marshall

It has been over a year since I inducted someone into the Progressive Hall of Fame.  It is not something that is done lightly or under the pressure of time constraint.  The theme of this man’s life could have been: Don’t just get mad and/or even; do something positive to change the situation.  Continue reading

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Run Government Like A Household?

As President Obama makes it clear that he isn’t going to act like an obedient puppy dog and just roll over for the Republican Congress, the threats have come out.  Senate Majority Leader –Elect, Mitch McConnell will soon learn what Speaker John Boehner already has.  You are more the spokesperson/figurehead of your caucus than its leader when it is not a true Republican caucus but a Tea Party/Republican coalition. Continue reading

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Self Denial = Political Defeat

Democrats should have learned this lesson from the 2000 Presidential campaign.  They didn’t.  I should have seen it coming.  I didn’t.  Here is the biggest controllable take away from the drubbing Democrats received this mid-term: you are what you are and denying it won’t do you any good.     Continue reading

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A Day Of Amazement And Realization

Wednesday was science day on planet Earth.  There were no formal proclamations or ceremonies.  No laws were enacted.  One event was scheduled, (but so low profile that the only news agency that gave it any advance coverage which came to my attention was the BBC); the other, while also long in the works, came as a complete surprise.  I am speaking of the landing on Comet 67P and the US-China pollution agreement.  Continue reading

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Get On With It

There are a lot of inevitabilities that came with the mid-term results.  The Republicans are claiming a mandate from the American people to do a lot of things that are really just the agenda of their Tea Party wing; funny how they failed to view President Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney as a mandate from the American people for the Obama policies.  Maybe it’s just me, but I view the reelection of a President who ran on his policies with what for America was a large turnout as much more of a mandate than the outcome of a small turnout election where the President wasn’t even on the ballot.  Continue reading

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As Far As He Could Go

Monday President Obama made a bold and definitive statement on net neutrality.  The issue has been kicked around for a while, mainly by lobbyists in the nation’s capital.  The President has now brought it into the national conversation and within minutes the Tea Party attacked.  Continue reading

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To The Detriment Of America

Seldom is it a problem for me to find something to write about despite the fact that this column is a daily.  This week is certainly no exception.  This is the Wednesday article and I am still dealing with an item from last Friday’s news dump.  Today it is the Supreme Court’s decision to take up another challenge to Obamacare, namely King v. BurwellContinue reading

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