Part of a speech given by President Harry S. Truman in Minneapolis on behalf of Hubert Humphrey, then running for a seat in the U.S. Senate, on October 13, 1948. President Obama might do well to quote all or part of this in his next debate with Mitt Romney… (You can read the entire speech here: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=13046 )
PRESIDENT HARRY S. TRUMAN:
“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 housing.
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 favor the admission of displaced persons—but only within shameful racial and religious limitations. [Post-WWII reference]
They consider electric power a great blessing—but only when the private power companies get their rake-off.
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.