70 Years Ago in St. Paul MN

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70 Years Ago in St. Paul MN

Postby PaulN on May 25th, 2019, 1:55 pm 

Today the forces of liberalism face a crisis. The people of the United States must make a choice between two ways of living — a decision which will affect us the rest of our lives and our children and our grandchildren after us.

On the other side, there is the Wall Street way of life and politics. Trust the leader! Let big business take care of prices and profits! Measure all things by money! That is the philosophy of the masters of the Republican Party.

Well, I have been studying the Republican Party for over 12 years at close hand in the Capital of the United States. And by this time, I have discovered where the Republicans stand on most of the major issues.

Since they won’t tell you themselves, I am going to tell you.

They approve of the American farmer — but they are willing to help him go broke.

They stand four-square for the American home — but not for


They are strong for labor — but they are stronger for restricting labor’s rights.

They favor a minimum wage — the smaller the minimum the better.

They endorse educational opportunity for all — but they won’t spend money for teachers or for schools.

They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine — for people who can afford them.

They approve of Social Security benefits — so much so that they took them away from almost a million people.

They believe in international trade — so much so that they crippled our reciprocal trade program, and killed our International Wheat Agreement.

They favor the admission of displaced persons — but only within shameful racial and religious limitations.

They consider electric power a great blessing — but only when the private power companies get their rake-off.

They say TVA is wonderful — but we ought never to try it again.

They condemn “cruelly high prices” — but fight to the death every effort to bring them down.

They think the American standard of living is a fine thing — so long as it doesn’t spread to all the people.

And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.

Now, my friends, that is the Wall Street Republican way of life. But there is another way — there is another way — the Democratic way, the way of the Democratic Party.

Harry Truman
St. Paul, MN
October 1948
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Re: 70 Years Ago in St. Paul MN

Postby Serpent on May 25th, 2019, 2:47 pm 

I don't think you can thumbs up the advertisement in the bottom of that box - pity.
Amazingly, there is only one minor change in the Republican platform since then: now they also hate government and pledge to reduce it and its spending - so much so that every successive Republican administration adds more agencies and increases the debt.
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Re: 70 Years Ago in St. Paul MN

Postby BadgerJelly on May 26th, 2019, 2:01 am 

I read Orwell’s comments about postwar UK regarding attitudes to immigration and right/left politics. Nothing has changed anywhere! I guess we grow older and then see the world more fully and assume it has changed a great deal more than we have.
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