Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

National Priorities

Senator Bernie Sanders is the longest- serving independent in the history of the United States Congress.  Vermont voters have sent him to Congress as an independent.
For the 16 years that Bernie was in the House, he caucused with the Democrats.  As a Senator, he’s been caucusing with the Democrats for the last 9 years.  Bernie expects to bring forth a major change in our national priorities.
In his opening statement at the Democratic Presidential debate on 2/4/16, he pointed out: “Millions of Americans are giving up on the political process.  And they're giving up on the political process because they understand the economy is rigged.
“They are working longer hours for low wages.  They're worried about the future of their kids, and yet almost all new income and wealth is going to the top 1 percent.  Not what America is supposed to be about. Not the fairness that we grew up believing that America was about.  And then sustaining that rigged economy is a corrupt campaign finance system undermining American democracy, where billionaire, Wall Street, corporate America can contribute unlimited sums of money into super PACs and into candidates.
“Our job, together, is to end a rigged economy, create an economy that works for all, and absolutely overturn Citizens United. “One person, one vote.  “That's what American democracy is about.”
Hillary Clinton explained: “I believe that America has the opportunity to once again live by our values, live up to our values in the 21st century, but I think that America can only do that if Americans can succeed.  And there are lots of reasons why Americans today are feeling left out and left behind.
“Yes, of course, the economy has not been working for most Americans.  Of course, we have special interests that are unfortunately doing too much to rig the game.
“But there's also the continuing challenges of racism, of sexism, of discrimination against the LGBT community, of the way that we treat people as opposed to how we want to be treated.
“I believe that we can get back on the right track.  I want to imagine a country where people's wages reflect their hard work, where we have healthcare for everyone, and where every child gets to live up to his or her potential.  I'm fighting for people who cannot wait for those changes, and I'm not making promises that I cannot keep.”


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