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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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Hillary And Who? And Oh, That Guy

Hillary Clinton appears as though she is going to pursue the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination without any serious competition.  In this day and age of unannounced serious candidates there is a plethora of candidates on the Republican side but only two foes for Clinton.  Let’s look at the different paths they are taking.   Continue reading

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Remove Spine And Turn Hard Right

When Jeb Bush made his non-announcement presidential announcement back in December the word was that he would not pander to the extreme right but would be his own man, say what he meant and live with electoral results.  Like most things in life that sound too good to be true, this wasn’t true.  Earlier this week it was announced that Bush would be Liberty University’s commencement speaker on May 9thContinue reading

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The Societal Cost Of Money In Politics

Tuesday my Blackberry vibrated with a message illustrating the biggest problem in American politics: the influence of too much money.  The message was an alert that North Carolina State Treasurer Janet Cowell had decided to run for a third term in 2016.  That meant she was not going to challenge Republican Richard “Bank Run” Burr for his United States Senate seat. Continue reading

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The Kitchen Table Economy

It’s the kitchen table economy, stupid.  That paraphrasing of James Carville’s famous edict that elected her husband in 1992 appears to be the theme for Hillary Clinton’s campaign some 24 years later.  Continue reading

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16: A Turnout Election

Political operatives divide elections into two types: persuasion and turnout.  To be perfectly accurate many are a blend of the two.  Although the 2016 election is basically 20 months away it is already obvious that it will be a turnout election.  Continue reading

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Hillary’s First Break

From a Democratic standpoint one of the best things that can happen in the 2016 primary season is for one or more of the ultra loony Republican candidates to stay in the race well beyond their campaign’s “expiration date”.  That just may have been enabled. Continue reading

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It’s Fine

If all the reports are correct, (and I have every reason to believe they are), the big political news today will be Hillary Clinton announcing that she is going to seek the presidency in 2016.  The big concern on the Democratic side is that if she doesn’t have a contested primary it will send her into the general election as a weaker candidate.  Let’s explore that. Continue reading

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Zaniest Law?

There are tons of outdated laws on the books that simply do not make any sense and therefore everyone, thankfully including law enforcement, ignores them.  Every year many more zany bills are filed in various state legislatures, again thankfully most never make it into law.  Lawmakers often file bills to placate a fringe interest group that is passionate to the point of senselessness about their cause.  I’d like to explore one currently in the North Carolina General Assembly and give brief mention to one in Tennessee. Continue reading

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Pay Attention To This One

Tuesday Kentucky Tea Party/Republican Senator Rand Paul announced his candidacy for the Presidency.  This is the second announcement of the “2016 season”, the first of significance and far from the last.  Continue reading

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The Endorsement Of Hillary Clinton

I see no finer, more qualified candidate for President of the United States emerging in the 2016 field than Hillary Clinton.  She has a combination of education, maturity, political and life experience superior to any candidate of either Party declared or rumored. Continue reading

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