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.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Over Two Decades Ago

At the Democratic presidential debate held on 2/11/16.  Hillary Clinton was reminded by moderator Judy Woodruff, that in the New Hampshire primary 55 percent of the women voters supported Senator Bernie Sanders.
Hillary explained: “I have spent my entire adult life working toward making sure that women are empowered to make their own choices, even if that choice is not to vote for me.  I believe that it’s most important that we unleash the full potential of women and girls in our society.”
I wonder how many of those women in New Hampshire, that voted for Sanders were aware that in 1995, incumbent President Bill Clinton was the candidate to beat in the presidential race.  But, the greatest political concern at the time was the press talking about First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, because of her decision to attend the United Nations Conference on Women.  The political concern of many conservative Republican was that the first lady of the United States was daring to give a high-profile speech about women’s rights in Beijing, China.
She was already under a microscope at home, after her unprecedented role in trying to pass national healthcare reform had suffered a disappointing defeat when it failed.  Plus, there were legitimate foreign policy reasons to cancel the trip.  
In Beijing, thousands of women from all over the world had converged to hear Hillary speak.  She told those attending the the United Nations Conference on Women: “It is a violation of human rights when babies are denied food or drowned or suffocated or their spines broken, simply because they are born girls.  It is a violation of human rights when women are denied the right to plan their own families, and that includes being forced to have abortions or being sterilized against their will.”


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