Losing Faith
December 10, 1951 — Spokane Daily Chronicle

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U.S. President Harry S. Truman (1884-1972)

President Truman returned from his vacation early on Dec. 9th, arriving at National Airport in Washington, DC. This Spokane, Washington newspaper responded with a lead editorial.

Harry Truman editorial archive


President Truman knows better than most of his fellow Americans whether his sudden trip home from his vacation place in Florida last night involves an emergency. He said it doesn’t.

He told reporters at Key West: “There is nothing wrong — don’t get it into your mind that the world is coming to an end.”

Somehow or other the American people have “got it into their minds” that there is something wrong. It may not have to do with the world war situation, but plenty is wrong on the domestic scene that might well demand attention from the highest level on down.

Graft and dishonesty among public officeholders have come to the point where citizens of this country are losing faith in one another, and that is bad. Unless drastic action is taken and taken soon few will know whom they can trust in positions of responsibility. Straight-thinking Americans can’t avoid feeling that too much is wrong to try to shake it off or whitewash it for political expediency.

The Crisis Technique | Bruce Barton on Emergency Powers (1951)
The Crisis Technique | Bruce Barton on Emergency Powers

Related links:

Many Things Contribute to Mistrust of TrumanThe Chester Times, July 17, 1951

Fish Story | November 16, 1951 editorial on Pres. Harry Truman

Mossadegh Gets A New SetbackThe Spokane Daily Chronicle, August 19, 1953

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