President Harry Truman was a leader who did exercise power with honor; who worked from the inside out, starting with himself. He held himself to an ideal honorable conduct even though it was inconvenient, unprofitable, and dangerous to do so.

Like many of those who have paid the ultimate price for freedom and services for our country, who have come through the wrestling ranks, we need to honor him with gratitude. It seems to be unreal however, that this president refused to accept such act of gratitude in honoring him. We will never see this again in our lifetime.

You can't get rich in politics unless you're a crook. Harry S. Truman

 As the story goes, Harry Truman was a different kind of President. He  probably made as many, or more important decisions regarding our nation's history as any of the other 32 presidents preceding him. However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House. 

The only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in, which was in Independence Missouri. His wife, Bess had inherited the house from her mother and father and other than their years in the White House, they lived their entire lives there. 

When he retired from office in 1952 his income was a U.S. Army pension reported to have been $13,507.72 a year. Congress, noting that he was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an 'allowance' and, later, a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year. 

After President Eisenhower was inaugurated, Harry and Bess drove home to Missouri by themselves. There was no Secret Service following them. 

We believe that all men are created equal because they are created in the image of God.  Harry S. Truman

When offered corporate positions at large salaries, he declined, stating, "You don't want me. You want the office of the President, and that doesn't belong to me. It belongs to the American people and it's not for sale." 

Even later, on May 6, 1971, when Congress was preparing to award him the Medal of Honor on his 87th birthday, he refused to accept it, writing, "I don't consider that I have done anything which should be the reason for any award, Congressional or otherwise." 

As president he paid for all of his own travel expenses and food.  

Modern politicians have found a new level of success in cashing in on the Presidency, resulting in untold wealth. Today, many in Congress also have found a way to become quite wealthy while enjoying the fruits of their offices. Political offices are now for sale.

Good old Harry Truman was correct when he observed, "My choices in life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician. And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference!”

He believed that we must make not little plans but make the biggest one we can think of and spend the rest of our life carrying it out.

By Tim Pedrosa


The human animal cannot be trusted for anything good except en masse (as a group). The combined thought and action of the whole people of any race, creed or nationality, will always point in the right direction. Harry S. Truman

 

Tim