Granny Salmon always said, “Sometimes, we have to look for the good in some folks.”

For the most part, I’ve always tried to adhere to her wisdom. This is my olive branch column for our post-impeachment readers.

Yes, two of my favorite presidents were Democrats.

Harry S. Truman was a feisty, sharp-tongued politician from the far western corner of Missouri.

He was a jack of all trades: oil roughneck, farm/ranch laborer, toiled in the zinc pits near Commerce, Okla., (Mickey Mantle’s hometown) and even operated a men’s clothing store.

He bravely defended our country during World War I, serving as a tank commander in the 129th Field Artillery, fighting in the blood bath for the capture of the Vosges Mountains, which border Germany.

After that, they fought for 47 consecutive days, finally taking Meuse and Saint Mihiel in the Argonne Forrest.

That was and still is the largest military undertaking for America, with 1.2 million soldiers involved.

When the Great War ended, Truman moved back to Missouri and, in 1922, was elected to serve as the judge of Jackson County.

He began to build a following, which resulted in his election in 1934 to the U.S. Senate, representing the Show Me State.

In 1944, he was chosen as President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s running mate for an unprecedented fourth term.

The Democratic duo tallied 432 electoral votes. Republicans Thomas Dewey and John Bricker garnered 99. The rest is history.

Vice President Truman had a brief and uneventful term as our second in command. His relationship with the president has been likened to that of JFK and LBJ.

Roosevelt was a product of the lap of comfort in New York. He came from great wealth and possessed a pedigreed spirit. Much to his credit, he also carried a place in his heart for the common people.

Harry, well, was Harry, a battling bantam rooster with red bank gravel in his craw.

Roosevelt only spoke in private twice with his vice president. The job that Truman accomplished was truly amazing. He had no knowledge at all of the Manhattan Project.

When Roosevelt died, our new president was sworn in on April 12, 1945, after serving 82 days as the vice president.

Truman didn’t sit on his hands. He acted quickly and properly. On Aug. 6, 1945, the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Three days later, a second bomb hit Nagasaki.

That was the beginning of the end of World War II. ABC Religion & Ethics, along with Phillip Jenkins, a noted history professor at Baylor University, proclaimed that millions of American lives were saved by Truman’s decisive action. He served with honor and distinction as our president until his retirement on Jan. 20, 1953.

He and his predecessor were Democrats of our grandparents’ time. Sadly, today’s Democrats are a little different.

Next week, I will credit FDR for saving our nation. But for the few words I have remaining, I shall compliment the Democratic politicians of today.

The modern-day Democrats are good at sitting on their hands. Their fine talents were apparent to the nation a few days past during the State of the Union speech.

Only a modicum of applause was heard from their side of the aisle. They also get a gold star for paper-shredding. This was not their first rodeo for that peculiar and particular trait.

They have been content to set back and sit on hands while our southern border is daily besieged by illegals who wish to slip into the our country.

This sounds harsh, but no one has any idea what kind of disease they may have. Are they drug traffickers, proponents of terrorism or pedophiles?

Next week, same time, same place, more of the same.


DAN PATTERSON, who’s retired from the Paris Parks and Recreation Department, grew up near the state line and now lives in Paris. He can be reached by email at

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