The next big question facing the United States in concerned the New Deal; with the Depression over, should the bureaucratic, expensive and ineffective New Deal programs be retained and expanded? Stripped of fifty years of rhetorical excess and self-righteous preening, the success of the Marshall Plan is clearly more problematic than historians and politicians will admit.
The failure to destroy the Soviets at this moment of opportunity really calls into question the entire War. The specter of a President willing to deprive men of their liberty for striking, or of their property for refusing to yield to strikers, smacks of despotism and he was smacked down by the Courts and by members of his own Party.
The American Military machine was massive, well trained, battle tested, and technologically superior, and, with atomic weaponry, undefeatable. Which brings us to the Marshall Plan, source of almost infinite American self-congratulation.
But each reversal also tends towards an Institutional Liberal mean--the conservatives are either turned into liberals or demonized; the liberals are rehabilitated. In recent years this practice has given us some of the following rethinkings: There just could not have been enough collaborators to augment Soviet armed forces and effectively repress large and uniformly hostile native populations.
In particular, he repeatedly proposed a system of National Health. Was all that stuff about democracy vs. The first option was a very real possibility throughout the s.
And his career in Washington was really made by his chairmanship of a committee which looked into how money was being wasted in the War effort. Just three questions of any real moment faced the new President: As regards the Soviet Union, there were basically three options: A man like Joe McCarthy might never have risen to such prominence had Truman been capable of accepting the fact that some of the accused were actually spies.
He was certainly a devoted family man and a loyal friend. Of course, several of these new portraits do have an element, or more, of truth in them and it is not surprising that once the partisan dust is allowed to settle, a clearer image begins to emerge of each administration.
Republicans had been, and would be, demonized for so long for opposing these programs that only a Democratic President could hope to disband them and remain politically viable. But at the same time, he was loyal to the corrupt men he surrounded himself with, to a degree which calls his judgment into question.
Finally, it can hardly be said that the aid that we sent purchased much good well or turned the countries of Europe into reliable allies. For McCullough it almost always suffices that Truman was a good man and that he was trying hard, he seldom examines the eventual results of his decisions except in totally conventional institutional terms.
Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Truman presidency has to be judged, not on personality or temperament, but on how he answered these three fundamental questions. His willingness to tackle this explosive issue, and to do so during wartime, reflects well on him and speaks well of the American system.
The policy made true national security irrelevant, we were already committed to containing communist expansion everywhere.
Meanwhile, the US and Europe nearly bankrupted themselves trying to pay for the Cold War and buy off domestic citizenries with enormous Social Welfare programs. Here we get to the heart of one of the great questions of the past century, do we believe in capitalism or no?
How does McCullough handle all of these issues and how do they contribute to his final assessment of Truman? Thus would have been avoided sixty years and counting of the maternal state, gigantic deficits and increasing dependence on government largesse.
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David McCullough's Truman is an excellent case in point. Perhaps no leader of a world power has ever taken the reigns at quite such an advantageous time as did Harry S Truman.
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