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April 11, 2016

Interviews with Mr. Truman, GW and TJ

Harry M. Covert

I’ve interviewed lots of people over the years. I can say it was fun then and also in these days of remembering the words of so many personages from politicians to sports figures to hell-fire and damnation preachers.

 

It would have been fun to talk with Harry S Truman, the man from Missouri, most particularly if he were living today in the political turmoil facing the nation.

 

Dapper Harry was on the ball and was thrust into history. He may have been unprepared in 1945, but it didn’t take long for him to get plugged in. You know the buck stopped with him.

 

Imagine the criticism he would have received in today’s climate when he said: “I do not believe there is a problem in this country or the world today which could not be settled if approached through the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount.”

 

I would have loved to interview him, because he would say: “I never did give them hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.” And all the current pundits, and poohbahs, and crybabies would be offended and say he should apologize.

 

It would have been pleasant to ask his opinion of today’s presidential candidates. He would reply and did: “…fame is a vapor, popularity is an accident, riches take wings, those who cheer may cheer today and curse tomorrow and only one thing endures – character.” Let’s think about the last word.

 

Sometimes it’s merely fun talking with the heroes of history. Too bad we don’t have recordings of them. How nice it would be to interview George Washington, the general, the first president and the planter and farmer who funded the revolution all by himself.

 

I would have loved to ask him “did you never tell a lie, not even a stretcher?” It would be fun to have him verify before all historians and everybody that he did throw a silver dollar over the Potomack (colonial spelling) River. Also, as Father of the Country, did “you really sleep in all the cities and towns?”

 

He was an independent but said: “Political parties) may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious and unprincipled men (women) will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the rights of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.” Wordy, of course, but you get the point.

 

Maybe there could be a one house of Congress in the modern day, but I doubt it. Or a Third Party?

 

John Adams, the second president, could tell me: “There is nothing I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”

 

General President Washington agreed with his successor.

 

Today’s political experts are all bent out of shape over the current president’s Supreme Court nominee. They neglected to set an age, residency or the necessity to be a lawyer.

 

George Washington began his first term on April 30, 1789. And in New York. No secret service. He rode his horse.

 

If today’s media happened to be present, he would remind them “politics is the art of compromise.” Also he was not a tee-totaler. He enjoyed sweet wines and drank rum punch and whiskey. Today, his Mount Vernon home has a legal distillery.

 

I can’t forget Mr. Thomas Jefferson, the Third President, whose face is on the $2 bill. He could have some thoughts on today’s presidential goings-on, although the current crop is not in his league.

 

Mr. Jefferson would be quoted by today’s note takers, accurately, too, that “in matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

 

Class dismissed.

 

hmcovert@gmail.com

 



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