He inherited a progressive Congress that followed the socialist policies of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Truman vetoed 180 bills that Congress sent to him. He liked a good political fight, especially when he thought he was right. The Congress overrode his veto 12 times.
Some Harry Truman quotations that describe his thinking:
Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.
The reward of suffering is experience.
America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.
I never did give anybody hell. I just told them the truth and they thought it was hell.
You know that being an American is more than a matter of where your parents came from. It is a belief that all men are created free and equal and that everyone deserves an even break.
A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss, in the Republican Party he is a leader.
The only things worth learning are the things you learn after you know it all.
The buck stops here!
Those who want the Government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are so afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination.
When even one American - who has done nothing wrong - is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth - then all Americans are in peril.
Political Correctness is a doctrine, recently fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and promoted by a sick mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of shit by clean end!
I see a lot of Harry in The Donald.