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

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Do Your Job


Regarding Senate extremist, Senator Elizabeth Warren explained: “Their response to one of the most solemn and consequent tasks that our government performs, the confirmation of a Supreme Court justice, will be to pretend that the nominee and President Obama himself simply do not exist.
“At the same time, that they are blocking all possible Supreme Court nominees, Senate Republicans are in panic because their party seems to be on the verge of nominating one of two extremists for president – two candidates who think nothing about attacking the legitimacy of their political opponents and demeaning millions of Americans, two candidates whose extremism, Republicans worry, will lead their party to defeat in November.
“These are not separate issues.  They are the same issue.  If Republican senators want to stand up to extremists running for president, they can start right now by standing up to extremists in the Senate.  They can start by doing what they were elected to do right here in the Senate.
“Since the first day of the Obama presidency, Republicans senators have bowed to extremists who reject his legitimacy and abuse the rules of the Senate in an all out effort to cripple his administration and to paralyze the federal courts.  No matter how much it damages the nation.  No matter how much it undermines the courts.  No matter whether it cripples the government or it lays waste to our Constitution.
“Senate Republicans do pretty much everything they can to avoid acknowledging the legitimacy of our democratically elected president.  For too long, the Republicans in the Senate have wanted to have it both ways.  They want to feed the ugly lies and nullify the Obama presidency while also claiming that they can govern responsibly.
“Candidates motivated by bigotry and resentment, candidates unable to govern, candidates reflecting the same extremism that has been nursed along for seven years right here in the United States Senate are on the verge of winning the Republican Party’s nomination for president.
“Republicans senators must make a decision because here’s the deal.  Extremists may not like it but Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 by nine million votes.  He won re-election in 2012 by five million votes.
“There were no recounts and no hanging chads.  No stuffing the ballot box or tampering with voting machines.  No intervention by the United States Supreme Court.  President Obama was elected the legitimate president seven years ago, and he’s the legitimate president right now.
“So, if it is true that some Republican senators are finally ready to stand up to the extremism that denies the legitimacy of this president and of the Constitution, I say to you, do your job.  Vote for a Supreme Court nominee.  Do your job.”

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