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
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
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
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
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