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history of the United States. In retrospect, I regret not supporting
him in the '48 election or the '52 primary. He was a bright, wise man
with more than his share of common sense.
Below is an excerpt from a speech Truman delivered, 13 October 1948 in
St. Paul Minnesota.
"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
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
They stand four-square for the American home--but not for housing.
They are strong for labor--but they are stronger for restricting
They favor a minimum wage--the smaller the minimum the better.
They indorse 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 believe in international trade--so much so that they crippled our
reciprocal trade program, and killed our International Wheat
They favor the admission of displaced persons--but only within
shameful racial and religious limitations.
They consider electric power a great blessing-but only when the
private power companies get their rake-off.
They say TVA is wonderful--but we ought never to try it again.
They condemn "cruelly high prices"--but fight to the death every
effort to bring them down.
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.