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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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Battleground Lies

The playground taunt, “I know you are but what am I?” comes to mind almost every day lately when I empty my Post Office box and out comes another glossy mailer from the North Carolina Republican Party on the behalf of the Thom Tillis campaign.  As most of my readers know I live in North Carolina.  It is actually a very nice place to live however it has been moving in the wrong direction since the Republicans took over the General Assembly.  It is one of the hottest battleground states in the 2014 fight for control of the Senate and our mailboxes prove it.  Continue reading

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In Case You Missed It, And I Hope You Did

In case you missed it, and I certainly did, the Values Voter Summit held its 2014 event in Washington D.C. this past Thursday through Saturday.  The highlight of this annual conclave of the radical religious right was its presidential straw poll.  I became aware of the event when I caught the tease line, “Cruz wins conservative straw poll for second year,” on the Washington Post’s webpage Sunday morning.  The reference was to first term, Tea Party/Republican Senator Ted Cruz. Continue reading

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Brave Brits, Cowardly Yanks And Practical Syrians

 

Perhaps the most significant aspect of Friday’s biggest international political story fell through the cracks for most people.  As usual it was the fault of the media.  The British Parliament approved the use of military force, (which in itself is newsworthy), but only in Iraq and not in Syria.  Continue reading

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Obama’s Winning Hand

Thursday the big political news was the retirement/resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder.  The 63 year-old Holder had previously indicated he would step down before the end of 2014 so the announcement shouldn’t have come as much of a shock.  Pundits, particularly on the left, began the “How is Obama going to replace him?” game and that is today’s topic. Continue reading

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The Yellow 113th

Ask any American who our greatest allies are and the United Kingdom, (only the most educated Americans will call it that, all other will simply call it England), Canada and Australia will be the most common answers.  Having spent almost 50 years living near the Canadian border it is sometimes difficult for me to think of it as a foreign country – although unlike many Texas Republicans I realize that it is.  America became a sovereign nation when it won its independence from the United Kingdom over 200 years ago.  Not by coincidence Canada and Australia are also former colonies of the UK.  The American Revolutionary War and War of 1812 were long ago.  America and the UK have been allies for decades including through two World Wars.  When America takes military action it looks to the UK for support.       Continue reading

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The Cost Of Denial

When you write about general political issues you find that sometimes your topic is one in which you are very knowledgeable and other times something you may be equally concerned about but not as well versed in.  Today is one of those days for me.  I am very concerned about climate change, but if you were holding a symposium on it I might not be high on your list of sought after speakers.  Continue reading

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This Is Who We Are Banking On

Loveday Morris’ recent Washington Post story, Islamic State attack on Iraqi base leaves hundreds missing, shows army weaknesses, reinforces my criticism of both the Republican hawks like Republican Senators John McCain of Arizona and his puppy dog from South Carolina Lindsey Graham along with the President’s new initiative in the Middle East.  We are banking on question marks or proven losers while unrealistically expecting a good result.  Continue reading

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Blame The Victims

The Republicans are at it again; or should I say still?  They are blaming the victims with a subtle touch of implied racism thrown in. Continue reading

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Circle The Date

Today is a very rare day.  Not only am I breaking with President Obama on an issue; I find several leading Tea Party figures agreeing with me and I’m going to write nice things about them.  Continue reading

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Across The Pond Results

I stayed up a little later than normal on Thursday night.  My motivation was to see the results of the Scottish referendum on leaving the United Kingdom.  While it was not news item number one in the United States, in the days running up to the voting anyone who paid attention to political news had at least heard of it.  Continue reading

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