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“I never gave anybody hell! I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.” — Harry S. Truman

Sound familiar? I can imagine President Trump saying something just like this comment by Harry Truman. Truman was outspoken and direct, and the impression I have is that he didn’t suffer fools. President Trump, once he has figured out where a person stands, is not afraid to speak his mind and call him out.

Although the Left, like a mindless drone, continues to call out Trump for his impolitic behavior, I’m becoming convinced that his statements need to be heard. Like many people, I frequently cringe at his poor timing, rudeness and personal attacks. But who else would have been willing to muck out the swamp? Who would have been willing to call out the mainstream media on their over-the-top bias? Was there a polite way to move the Conservative agenda forward? Do you think the Democrats would have been more cooperative if another Republican had been elected?

I don’t think so.

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There are 18 comments.

  1. Rodin Member

    Yes. The biggest lie that Trump’s Republican opponents tell themselves is that if only someone with an (R) who wasn’t Donald Trump were president things would be better. No they wouldn’t be. Unless your definition of “better” is continuing to give in to progressives even when you hold the levers of power. That is something many Republicans have been good at.

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    • November 26, 2019, at 6:55 AM PST
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  2. Steve C. Member

    An opening to promote one of my not so guilty pleasures.

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    • November 26, 2019, at 6:58 AM PST
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  3. Gossamer Cat Coolidge

    I love that quote. I can’t believe I haven’t heard it before now.

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    • November 26, 2019, at 7:07 AM PST
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  4. Vectorman Thatcher

    Harry Truman was an imperfect being, but our nation was blessed when FDR replaced Henry Wallace with Truman.


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    • November 26, 2019, at 7:25 AM PST
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  5. Stad Thatcher

    Susan Quinn: Do you think the Democrats would have been more cooperative if another Republican had been elected?

    No, they’ve been getting more and more adversarial since the 2000 election. However, I seriously doubt conservatives would have had never-Jebbers . . .

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    • November 26, 2019, at 8:07 AM PST
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  6. Misthiocracy grudgingly Member

    Susan Quinn: Although the Left, like a mindless drone, continues to call out Trump for his impolitic behavior, I’m becoming convinced that his statements need to be heard.

    Not even impeachment will silence Donald Trump.

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    • November 26, 2019, at 8:24 AM PST
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  7. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    Misthiocracy grudgingly (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn: Although the Left, like a mindless drone, continues to call out Trump for his impolitic behavior, I’m becoming convinced that his statements need to be heard.

    Not even impeachment will silence Donald Trump.

    I’m sure it will stir him up more than ever!!

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    • November 26, 2019, at 9:03 AM PST
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  8. Rodin Member

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Misthiocracy grudgingly (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn: Although the Left, like a mindless drone, continues to call out Trump for his impolitic behavior, I’m becoming convinced that his statements need to be heard.

    Not even impeachment will silence Donald Trump.

    I’m sure it will stir him up more than ever!!

    As well it should!

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    • November 26, 2019, at 9:35 AM PST
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  9. JamesSalerno Coolidge

    David McCullogh’s Truman is on my reading pile and I will be tackling it in a couple months. I’ve been looking forward to reevaluating Truman.

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    • November 26, 2019, at 10:25 AM PST
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  10. She Thatcher
    She

    Love it. Although my favorite Harry Truman story (it may be apocryphal, but it’s widely-known) involves a Presidential visit to Pittsburgh. For some reason, the mayor was unable to meet him on his arrival, and whichever aide was unlucky enough to have been tapped to deliver this unwelcome message to POTUS ended it by saying, reverentially, “but the Prothonotary will meet with you now, Sir.”

    Where upon, Truman is alleged to have exclaimed, “What the hell is a Pro-no-thoat-ery? And why the hell do I want meet with him?”

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    • November 26, 2019, at 10:40 AM PST
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  11. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    A famous quote has been nagging at me–I’ve been wondering if it was about Harry Truman, and what were its origins. I finally have the answer:

    Give ’em Hell, Harry! is a biographical play and 1975 film, written by playwright Samuel Gallu. Both the play and film are a one-man show about former President of the United States Harry S. Truman. Give ’em Hell, Harry! stars James Whitmore, and was directed by Steve Binder and Peter H. Hunt.

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    • November 26, 2019, at 12:21 PM PST
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  12. TallCon Coolidge

    Stad (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn: Do you think the Democrats would have been more cooperative if another Republican had been elected?

    No, they’ve been getting more and more adversarial since the 2000 election. However, I seriously doubt conservatives would have had never-Jebbers . . .

    That’s funny, because I was planning to be. Seriously. I didn’t want to look back at 32 years of U.S. presidents and only see three last names.

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    • November 26, 2019, at 3:02 PM PST
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  13. Bill Nelson Member

    Susan Quinn: I can imagine President Trump saying something just like this comment by Harry Truman.

    I could not imagine this happening. Pres. Trump is rather noted for not being truthful.

    Pres. Truman was not much different from many politicians of his time. A much less invasive press required significantly less lying. And Pres. Truman was not one anyone would ever accuse of being a narcissist, so less to cover for.

    That being said, Pres. Truman would be horrified at what the Democratic party has become.

     

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    • November 26, 2019, at 7:16 PM PST
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  14. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    Bill Nelson (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn: I can imagine President Trump saying something just like this comment by Harry Truman.

    I could not imagine this happening. Pres. Trump is rather noted for not being truthful.

    Pres. Truman was not much different from many politicians of his time. A much less invasive press required significantly less lying. And Pres. Truman was not one anyone would ever accuse of being a narcissist, so less to cover for.

    That being said, Pres. Truman would be horrified at what the Democratic party has become.

     

    I agree with you, @billnelson, on most counts. But as you say, Truman governed at a time when the press was much less curious. And I have to believe that Truman would see the Democratic party as an abomination, too. How much things have changed!

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    • November 27, 2019, at 7:24 AM PST
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  15. Randy Weivoda Moderator

    Rodin (View Comment):

    Yes. The biggest lie that Trump’s Republican opponents tell themselves is that if only someone with an (R) who wasn’t Donald Trump were president things would be better. No they wouldn’t be. Unless your definition of “better” is continuing to give in to progressives even when you hold the levers of power. That is something many Republicans have been good at.

    If someone makes a prediction about what would have happened if history had taken a different turn and you disagree with their prediction, that doesn’t mean they are lying. We can make guesses about an alternate history but we cannot know, so how can someone lie about an unproveable guess?

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    • November 27, 2019, at 8:15 AM PST
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  16. Rodin Member

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    so how can someone lie about an unproveable guess?

    Maybe it would have been better to state that assuring oneself that an unprovable guess is true, is the lie.

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    • November 27, 2019, at 8:31 AM PST
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  17. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher

    She (View Comment):
    Where upon, Truman is alleged to have exclaimed, “What the hell is a Pro-no-thoat-ery? And why the hell do I want meet with him?”

    Hmm. I just had to look it up. Can’t blame him!

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    • November 27, 2019, at 3:15 PM PST
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  18. Bill Nelson Member

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Bill Nelson (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn: I can imagine President Trump saying something just like this comment by Harry Truman.

    I could not imagine this happening. Pres. Trump is rather noted for not being truthful.

    Pres. Truman was not much different from many politicians of his time. A much less invasive press required significantly less lying. And Pres. Truman was not one anyone would ever accuse of being a narcissist, so less to cover for.

    That being said, Pres. Truman would be horrified at what the Democratic party has become.

     

    I agree with you, @billnelson, on most counts. But as you say, Truman governed at a time when the press was much less curious. And I have to believe that Truman would see the Democratic party as an abomination, too. How much things have changed!

    And within the republican party.

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    • November 27, 2019, at 8:23 PM PST
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