so many others I am quaking at the thought of four years with Trump
at the helm … but, it is what it is. It has put me in a
reflective mood and I decided to go back and take a gander at the
Presidents that have been in office in my lifetime. There have been
twelve of them starting with Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Democrat. He
was sworn into office on March 4th, 1933 … when I was 17
days old !
the very few of you who do not know … FDR is the only President in
our history who served 3 consecutive terms and was actually
inaugurated for a fourth term but died in office on April 12, 1945.
The Vice President Harry S. Truman took over and served until Jan.
this down-to-earth guy from Missouri I remember well because my
parents spoke of him in glowing terms. He is mainly remembered for
making the excruciatingly difficult decision to drop the Atomic bomb
on Hiroshima but his legacy is much more than that.
of us receiving Medicare can thank him for getting it all started.
He was a ferocious advocate for National Health Insurance and,
although nothing came of it while he was in office he lived long
enough to see it become a reality. In 1965 President Lyndon B
Johnson, Democrat, signed the Medicare bill into law and Harry Truman
and his wife Bess received the first two cards in honor of his past
fight for government health care.
was a very humble man who also fought for civil rights reform and was
responsible for wiping out segregation in the armed forces. He is one
of the most quoted of our past Presidents and is often pictured in
the oval office with his famous “The buck stops here” sign.
picture above sums up his philosophy and is eerily appropriate for
today. I can only pray that the “gluttons of privilege” will be
stopped in time … before they do indeed swallow up our country.