"The courtroom was adjourned; No verdict was returned."
American Pie (The day the Music Died), Don McLean United Artists Records 1971.
I was born in 1959. Long, long ago, I did most of my growing up in the heart of the Democratic Party- Independence, Missouri. I was too young to have known the Camelot of Jack Kennedy and Queen Jackie. To the good old boys of my town, Harry S Truman had "the voice that came from you and me." But as a youngster in church I was sometimes bounced on Clarence M. Kelley's knee. I was even a football player on a rural high school team, famed for avoiding a seasonal shutout of "Iron Man" football.
As a U.S. Senator, Truman spoke out bluntly against corporate greed, and warned about the dangers of Wall Street speculators and other moneyed special interests attaining too much influence in national affairs. Later during his chairmanship of what become known as the "Truman Committee", Harry Truman investigated the scandal of military wastefulness by exposing fraud and mismanagement, saving over $15 billion dollars and thousands of lives during WWII. As President, Truman and his Midwestern base of progressives advocated for national health insurance, backed civil rights improvements and saved a disintegrating Democratic Party after the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Independence, Missouri is often the headquarters for regional Democratic candidates ' campaign offices and still has banners on light poles with Harry S Truman's silhouette. Across from the Jackson County Annex Courthouse, a large mural retells the accomplishments of the town's most famous resident.
I however, had drifted away from my Democratic Party family roots, moving to the affluent Republican leaning suburb Lee's Summit, South of Independence. I even became a Republican myself and award winning supporter of the GOP Congressional PAC in 2002. But, in 2006, I heard a commercial from a presidential candidate asking if I believed in change, an end to Bush Era politics of fear and cynicism.
I heard the "music" again and voted for a Democratic presidential candidate embodying Hope and Change, stating: "We believe" everybody should have the opportunity to get a job that pays a living wage"we believe nobody should get bankrupt when they get sick, and everybody should have access to decent healthcare, that's something we believe"" in the Draft Obama movement's first presidential TV ad Believe Again. When I today hear the commercial from years before, tears come to my eyes.
In 2006 I knew the "everybody have(ing) access to decent healthcare" part was easy!
In 2000, I had brought a lifetime of work to the market in MedicalSupplyChain.com using the best Web based technology with online software using artificial intelligence to drastically reduce healthcare costs by incorporating common sense supplier bidding and supply chain management practices developed in the automotive and mass merchandising industries I had grown up working in.