If Harry Truman was Alive Today, He’d be a Tea Party Republican

If Harry Truman was Alive Today, He’d be a Tea Party Republican

Harry Truman, a Tea Party Republican, say it ain’t so Joe!

The average Joe can’t, because the average Joe today is what the elite northeastern media likes to characterize as “right-wing tea party republican extremist.”

Just over two years ago, groups of mostly “baby-boomers” that believed this country was losing its identity from the proud nation they had known during the 1950’s, started the tea party movement.  This exercise in politics was more aligned with reducing the size of government, fiscal responsibility, constitutional liberty and plain talk; than with either party.

Harry S. Truman, Democrat, the 33rd President, once proclaimed, “You can always amend a big plan, but you can never expand a little one. I don’t believe in little plans. I believe in plans big enough to meet a situation which we can’t possibly foresee now.”

When Truman saw the need to improve the organization of the Executive Branch, he turned to former Republican President, Herbert Hoover to head the Commission.  In his statement to the 81st Congress of theUnited States, he explained:

Taken together, the actions listed in this message place before the Congress an initial program of reorganization covering certain areas which the Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch has stated hold great promise of increasing economy and efficiency. The Commission did not state the amount of savings which could be anticipated, nor is it possible for me to indicate their ultimate dollar effect. By enlarging the opportunity for effective management within the Government, however, they will lead to more efficient performance of services by the Government and lower costs. In addition to the potential economies, these actions will invigorate and promote better management within the Government.

Harry was also plain spoken on fiscal responsibility.  “There is nothing sacred about the pay- as-you-go idea so far as I am concerned except that it represents the soundest principle of financing that I know,” Truman recalled in his memoirs.  When releasing his budget projections he went on to say, “It is the aim of our fiscal policy to balance the budget for 1947 and to retire national debt in boom times such as these.  In our present fight against inflation, fiscal policy has a vital role to play. A continuation of our present policy, which is to maintain the existing tax structure for the present, and to avoid nonessential expenditures, is the best fiscal contribution we can make to economic stability.”

Harry and Bess could balance their own checkbook.  In fact, they had to provide their own food in the White House.  When Harry finished out his term, he and Bess took a train back to Independence,Missouri — without Secret Service protection and without a Presidential retirement.

But Harry and Bess also lived in a time when our constitutional guarantees were not enjoyed by all Americans.  “You know that being an American is more than a matter of where your parents came from. It is a belief that all men are created free and equal and that everyone deserves an even break,” is typical of the rhetoric from “Give ‘em Hell” Harry.  He believed that everyone deserved equal opportunity but not equal outcomes.  He knew that we had just fought a great war to preserve our liberty and was facing a Communist menace that wanted “social justice” and not just an “even break” for their comrades.

Harry Truman did not fit the eastern elites’ view of what a President should look and sound like, just as George W. Bush would not, but the average Joe thought that Harry was one of them.  They appreciated his plain spoken ways:

It’s plain hokum. If you can’t convince ’em, confuse ’em. It’s an old political trick. But this time it won’t work.”

Whenever a fellow tells me he’s bipartisan, I know he’s going to vote against me.”

To hell with them. When history is written they will be the sons of bitches – not I.

How do I know Harry Truman would be a Tea Party Republican if he was alive today?  After one troubling day in the White House; fighting with Congress, reading less than favorable editorials in the major newspapers (before the Internet), and unsure of his General’s loyalties, he quipped, “You want a friend in Washington?  Get a dog.

Welcome to the Republican Tea Party, Harry!