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Where the News Media Goes Wrong: Ron Paul and Harry Truman

This gives a historical precedent for Ron Paul's rise. Harry Truman faced the same odds as Ron Paul in 1948 and still won. The circumstances were almost identical:

Ron Paul and Harry Truman: Where the News Media Goes Wrong

The common word one often hears from the media’s so-called ‘experts’ today when it comes to Ron Paul is that the man cannot win the Republican nomination or the general election. He is simply too far out. He has no chance. One also hears that the nomination seems to be destined for the former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and that he has the best shot to beat incumbent President Barack Obama.

Interestingly enough, the same was said over sixty years ago about a man who was fighting for the Presidency of the United States against odds that all the ‘experts’ said were much too great for him to overcome. They did not see how the man could win the nomination of his party, much less the general election. This man was Harry Truman.

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Harry and Bess

Got this in an email today, don't know if it is factual but if it is, it seems unreal.

Harry Truman was a different kind of President. He probably made as many, or more important decisions regarding our nation's history as any of the other 42 Presidents preceding him. However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House.

The only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in, which was in Independence, Missouri . His wife had inherited the house from her mother and father and, other than their years in the White House, they lived their entire lives there.

When he retired from office in 1952 his income was a U.S. Army pension reported to have been $13,507.72 a year. Congress, noting that he was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an "allowance" and, later, a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year.

After President Eisenhower was inaugurated, Harry and Bess drove home to Missouri by themselves. There was no Secret Service following them.

When offered corporate positions at large salaries, he declined, stating, "You don't want me. You want the office of the President, and that doesn't belong to me. It belongs to the American people and it's not for sale."

Even later, on May 6, 1971, when Congress was preparing to award him the Medal of Honor on his 87th birthday, he refused to accept it, writing, "I don't consider that I have done anything which should be the reason for any award, Congressional or otherwise."

As president he paid for all of his own travel expenses and food.

Modern politicians have found a new level of success in cashing in on the Presidency, resulting in untold wealth. Today, many in Congress also have found a way to become quite wealthy while enjoying the fruits of their offices. Political offices are now for sale (cf. Illinois).

Good old Harry Truman was correct when he observed, "My choices in life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician. And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference!"