Joyanna Adams

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Trump, Truman, and the “Majority” of the Press.

Nobody Remembers….

I was reading today some history on President Truman, and the same thing that is happening to Trump, happened to Truman…Only it was the republicans AND the Washington Post that angered President Truman.

Who knew?

Rather than make this a long explanation by what I mean, here’s a sort of summary…and some excerpts out of the biography Harry S. Truman, by his daughter Margaret.

Margaret: A few weeks after his second administration began the reactionaries, an unimaginative lot, first tried the most obvious trick in the political book—smearing the President by finding corruption in his administration. Their target was Major General Harry Vaughan. Dad was told to fire General Vaughan immediately.

Nobody: What was the good General Vaughan’s crime? He took an ‘honor’ award from thankful people of Argentina, and dutifully, according to the law, handed it over to the State Department. Many other generals in history had been given awards in our history from other nations but that didn’t matter, because at that time, Truman had his own “pencil neck’…and it was a man named Drew Pearson. The Washington Post took up his cause.

Vaughan was one of Truman’s most trusted friends. Can you say…General Flynn?

Want another comparison?

General Vaughn hired a man named John Maragon; a Greek America who was called before the Congress to testify against the General.

Margaret: Maragon was one of those little men who loved to be on the fringes of big-time politics. They are tireless in attempting to do favors for anyone who will let them, and when they are in earshot, they will loudly proclaim their important contacts in the White House or Congress, or the State Department, alleging to their friends or anyone who will listen to them, that the invert wheels of the government cannot turn without their advice and consent.

Nobody: Can you say…. Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci? He worked under Trump for just eleven days, claimed he knew him better than anyone else, was fired, and then said Trump would not be able to win the election. “It’s gonna become very clear that it’s impossible for him to win,” he said in an interview with Vanity Fair.

Sounds like a ‘Maragon’ man to me.

By the way—General Vaughan testified but the Congress was forced to admit there was no evidence of corruption.

Margaret: But that did not prevent headlines and editorial about deepfreezes and influence peddling, which gave the impression that the Truman Administration was riddled with corruption.
When you read the headlines, the investigation created with practically no evidence of guilt by anyone. It is frightening to think of what might have happened if some of the behind the scenes plotting had succeeded. A loyal Louisiana congressman informed Dad that Pearson leg men were scouring New Orleans and its environs for democrats willing to take a bribe and swear that Harry Vaughn had helped them fix an income tax case. Fortunately, these smear tactics got nowhere.

Nobody: Gee. It’s 2019 and the democrats did the exact same thing. Hired people to dig up dirt on Trump, couldn’t find any, so they just made it up. But this time the Obama administration had the help of the FBI, CIA, and State Department with Hillary Clinton’s figure prints all over it.

Margaret: The reactionary attack of 1949 darkened Dad’s already dim view of the objectivity of our free press. Looking back on his experience after he left office, Dad Said:

President Harry S. Truman:

After I sent my message on domestic policy to the Congress on September 6th, 1945, a campaign of vilification and misrepresentation in editing the news by the special interest-controlled press began. It is difficult for the average citizen of this great republic to understand how a “free press” can be used to distort facts as a means of character assassination. I do not mean to condemn the whole press and charge all of the newspapers and magazines with this campaign, but the vast majority was guilty. This systematic attack was not confined solely to matter of policy and administration. Individuals were singled out and made the victims of character assassination in the hope of destroying public confidence in my administration.

So, while we all think that this kind of attacks from a ‘free press’ are new, no, it’s not. And that’s why history is being destroyed in our school systems.

President Truman went through much the same vilification that President Trump is going through, but he NEVER had it half as bad.

And notice: President Truman called us rightly…. a Republic. Why has no pundit refreshed our memories about this?

Because, they really would rather you not know just how long the political games have been played.

I don’t know about you, but reading these words of history and how they mirror the words of President Trump today…

Once again: How long has this been going on?

October 13, 2019 - Posted by | American History, corruption, Uncategorized | , , ,

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