Harry Truman, became a US Senator, VP, and eventually President, ONLY because of his connections with the corrupt Pendergast Machine in Kansas City.
But Truman was no Jefferson “Jeff” Smith (Jimmy Stewart), as in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”
Harry Truman was simply a personally ambitious, politically minded “riser,” willing to put personal ambition and political gain about principles.
It was Truman who could have given Vietnam their independence from the French imperialists, who had controlled and robbed Vietnam for over 300 years.
But Truman, after receiving a telegram from Ho Chi Minh urgently requesting help, chose not to help, not to allow Vietnam to experience FREEDOM and INDEPENDENCE.
Instead, like the unprincipled, politically-minded nobody that he was, he went along with the LOUD, RABID voices of Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy and his cohorts who saw a commie under every bush.
Ho Chi Minh’s request for help from the French, dated February 28, 1946.
If Truman had high principles and true integrity, he could have prevented the decades long Vietnam War, and the killing and maiming of millions.
Like Truman’s buddy, Boss Pendergast, stated: “Nobody gets a job or appointment because he’s a nice fellow. He must deserve it politically. It’s the same as in any other business.”
I guess Niccolo Machiavelli figured this out over 500 years ago.