I happened to notice that C-SPAN was airing some old Democratic National Convention speeches over the weekend ahead of the Democrats' upcoming convention this week, so I set the DVR to record some of them and thought I'd share a portion of President Harry Truman's speech from 1948.
All I can say is sadly when it comes to the Republican party, the more things change, the more they stay the same. There's so much of this speech that also applies directly to today's Republicans, it's really disheartening. Frankly it was a little creepy too after just having caught a portion of the Republicans voting on their recent platform at their convention this year.
Here's the portion from the first clip: HARRY S. TRUMAN: Speech to the Democratic National Convention
Philadelphia, July 15, 1948:
In the field of labor we needed moderate legislation to promote labor-management harmony, but Congress passed instead that so-called Taft-Hartley Act, which has disrupted labor-management relations and will cause strife and bitterness for years to come if it is not repealed, as the Democratic platform says it ought to be repealed.
On the Labor Department, the Republican platform of 1944said, if they were in power, that they would build up a strong Labor Department. They have simply torn it up. Only one bureau is left that is functioning, and they cut the appropriation of that so it can hardly function.
I recommended an increase in the minimum wage. What did I get? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I suggested that the schools in this country are crowded,teachers underpaid, and that there is a shortage of teachers. One of our greatest national needs is more and better schools.