Puzzled By Parable; Perhaps Truman Is Key To Code


Re Richard Wentz's "God save the 'king' and his subjects," I spent an unwarranted amount of time reading, and rereading this parable. I was trying to understand what Mr. Wentz had so cleverly hidden in his dense puzzle. Finally I broke the code and decided he was referring to President Harry Truman.

As I am sure you recall, President Truman was the last president without the benefit of a college education. Most of his higher learning was working his way up through the Pendergast political machine in Kansas City. In case you don't remember, the Pendergast Machine was one of the more efficient, but expensive, vote buying, influence peddling, corrupt political power groups that the Democrats had established across the country.

Anyhow, Harry Truman emerged from this professorless higher education relatively unscathed. He also survived several terms in the Senate with his reputation intact, and went on the become president.

However, he was astute enough to realize his limitations, and for his more serious assignments, he was not afraid to rely on a generalissimo. The generalissimo was General George Marshall. Most people thought he was pretty effective. In fact, probably the star of the Truman Cabinet.

Dan Adams, Payson

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