Posted On: Tuesday - August 30th 2022 7:00PM MST
In Topics:   Commies  Music  History  Books  Dead/Ex- Presidents
Though the focus is on the details of all aspects of immigration, VDare has quite a few other interesting articles about semi-related subjects or immigration politics in history. Yesterday I came upon James Fulford's article titled Democratic Smears Go Way Back: Truman Accused Eisenhower Accepting "Nazi Racial Views" Over 1952 McCarran Immigration Act. This one is about 70 y/o history.
I look back on these times as a time of much more civil politics in America. At the local level it surely was. The pure nutcases that one sees at high levels of politics today were nowhere to be found. Though the Korean War had been going on for a couple of years already at the time in question (Mr. Fulford's article), I think of the post-WWII years as peaceful boom times.
Also, I had always thought of Harry Truman, President from the time of Franklin Roosevelt's death in just before the end of WWII in April of '45 until Dwight Eisenhower's inauguration in January of '53 was a proto-Jimmy Carter. I guess I've never read of too much controversy of his presidency, and he was known as the humble fellow who had run a hat store before office, and went home to Missouri with not any more pots to pee in than he'd had beforehand.
Nope, Harry does not sound anymore to me like the honest guy that I still think of Jimmy Carter as. (Who knows about the latter?) Two things have changed my mind. Going backwards, this James Fulford article notes:
As Kevin Michael Grace pointed out on Twitter, Harry Truman accused President Eisenhower of ”accepting Nazi racial views” for supporting the GOP backers of the McCarran Act of 1952, which was an attempt to update the Immigration Act of 1924 without creating the floodgate bursting disaster that was to be precipitated by the 1965 Immigration Act:The article includes a nicely-transcribed (by Mr. Fulford) Washington Star article from a couple of months less than 70 years ago about Harry Truman's attack on Ike, the GOP, and his party member Senator Pat McCarran of Nevada*. The quotes of Truman sound as woke as and Globalist as if it were Zhou Bai Dien making public statements.
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The reason I bothered to write this post is that, before I'd read this VDare article, I had still been reading the Stanton Evans book, Blacklisted by History, about Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy and the battle over** the Communists in the US Government .*** As I read though Mr. Fulford's writing and his transcription from the "Star", I kept going "hey, I know this guy!", a number of times. Many of the characters in the US political scene of 1952 are familiar to me from the book. The ones that were avoiding and obstructing the efforts of Senator McCarthy were just as devious and duplicitous as people in the modern presidential administrations.
Harry Truman is one of them. I would not think that he had any Communist tendencies, but Mr. Evans included a whole chapter called The Trouble with Harry. This President did everything he could to cover up for the known Communists at the State Department and other Feral Gov't agencies, stonewalling on sharing files, badmouthing McCarthy to deflect from the problem, and so on. Why?
Maybe it was this old song that had given me too good an impression of Harry Truman for many years:
We haven't featured The Chicago Transit Authority (oops, someone's gonna get sued!) the band Chicago enough on the site. One of the real rockers, my favorite song by this band, with still plenty of brass in it, is Feelin' Stronger Every Day. We featured it on the eve of President Trump's inauguration in '17.
Harry Truman was sung by Robert Lamm (the guy in the video), while the rocker Feelin' Stronger Every Day was sung by Peter Cetera. He played bass guitar while singing, which I think is a good combination - see Paul McCartney and Sting.
* The big Las Vegas airport was named after him, but I hear another name being used now. Bullshit. I like this guy. Just as New York's JFK will always be Idlewild to me, the airport where I won $1 off a quarter and quit while ahead, in the city of Lost Wages, will always be McCarran to me. OK, I kid about Idlewild Field.
** I first wrote "the hunt for", but no, there's no doubt they were there. It was a battle over whether they'd just be ignored and let to keep working in the State Department (the home of most of them, from what I gather from the book).
*** Peak Stupidity already wrote 2 posts about the book, Young Commies in LUV and Did American Commies cause the attack on Pearl Harbor?