Tak­ing is­sue with the rev­er­ence for Tru­man

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Re: the Pru­den on Pol­i­tics col­umn in the May 16 edi­tion ti­tled “A come-toMoses mo­ment at hand” (page 4), may I re­spect­fully frown at Wes­ley Pru­den’s sum­mon­ing of the mem­ory of Pres­i­dent Harry S. Tru­man to dis­cuss to­day’s prob­lems in the Mid­dle East.

No one ques­tions HST’s pa­tri­o­tism or mod­esty. When he re­turned home af­ter seven years in the White House he per­son­ally drove a fiveyear-old car. In the late 1940s and early ’50s, with the ex­cep­tion of lu­natic neo-Nazis and the like, the Holo­caust was a re­al­ity which shamed hu­man­ity.

When peo­ple on the con­ser­va­tive side sum­mon HST’s good qual­i­ties they plas­ter over the fact that he in­vented no-win wars us­ing drafted Amer­i­can troops and won elec­tion in 1948 through such means as pan­der­ing to his union base by call­ing Taft-Hart­ley, the much needed an­ti­dote to the 1935 Wagner La­bor Act, a “slave la­bor law.” Oddly, 63 years later the “slave la­bor law” re­mains the law of the land.

In 1952 Mr. Tru­man was el­i­gi­ble to seek re­elec­tion but faced re­al­ity by choos­ing not to run. His na­tional im­age was re­fur­bished dur­ing the 1970s Water­gate af­fair by the co­pi­ous use by lib­er­als of the many deroga­tory re­marks he had made about Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Richard M. Nixon in the 1940s when the soon-to-be vice pres­i­dent was busy ex­pos­ing Al­ger Hiss’ per­jury about trea­son.

Con­ser­va­tives ill serve their cause laud­ing the lib­eral icons of yes­ter­year, so many of whom were well in­ten­tioned but ar­chi­tects of our cur­rent mas­sive prob­lems. Philip D. Clarke Cort­land, New York

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