Retro Quote – Harry S. Truman

“Socialism is a scare word they have hurled at every advance the people have made in the last 20 years.  Socialism is what they called public power.  Socialism is what they called social security.  Socialism is what they called farm price supports. Socialism is what they called bank deposit insurance.  Socialism is what they called the growth of free and independent labor organizations.  Socialism is their name for almost anything that helps all the people.  When the Republican candidate inscribes the slogan ‘Down with Socialism’ on the banner of his “great crusade”, that is really not what he means at all.  What he really means is ‘Down with Progress, down with Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal,’ and ‘Down with Harry Truman’s Fair Deal.’  That’s all he means.”

Harry S Truman, Syracuse, New York, October 10, 1952


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6 responses to “Retro Quote – Harry S. Truman

  1. Totally agree with Truman. They wield that word like it has barbs! It is nothing to be scared of and will actually benefit them. But such is their mindset.

  2. They throw a lot of labels around like it’s supposed to be a bad thing. Liberal, Socialism, all of it. They want to keep it as it is and never have the needle move. Anyone thinking that the needle should move to benefit everyone and not just them, they convince a bunch of other people that their label is evil and therefore those they throw the label on are also evil. It’s insane, and the fact that people believe it is even worse.

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