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, April 07, 2016

Clinton’s Concerns

After the Wisconsin primary election, a CNN delegate estimate showed Hillary Clinton with 1,780 delegates.  Of which 1,297 are pledged, and 483 are super delegates.  Bernie Sanders trails her with 1,068 pledged, and 31 super delegates.  A total of 2,383 delegates are needed to win the Democratic nomination.

Hillary declined to echo the calls from some of her campaign supporters for Sanders to drop out of the race so she could focus on the general, by announcing: “I wouldn't ask him to and my campaign is not asking him to.” 

She expressed her concerns about comments Bernie made in a lengthy interview he gave the New York Daily News in which he struggled to answer how he would break up big banks, and defend his position that surviving family members of the Sandy Hook victims shouldn’t be allowed to sue gun manufacturers.

Clinton commented:"If you're concerned about income inequality and holding the banks accountable, you have to know how it works and what you have to do to make it work."

Hillary noted: "When it comes to guns we have a really serious difference and I was appalled that Sen. Sanders said he really didn’t see any reason for the parents of the children massacred at Sandy Hook in Connecticut to even be able to try to sue the gun makers."

Jeff Weaver, Sanders' campaign manager warned: "Don't destroy the Democratic Party to satisfy the secretary's ambitions to become president of the United States." 

When asked about that comment, Hillary explained: "It is just ludicrous on the face of it.  I have been campaigning for Democrats, fundraising for Democrats, recruiting for Democrats to run and win for a about 40 years.  Bernie Sanders, by his own admission, has never even been a Democrat.  I understand they're getting anxious.  But they need to be thoughtful about what they do say because at the end of the day, we need a Democratic president to succeed President Obama and to protect and further the progress that we've made under his eight years in office."

Bernie Sanders unsuccessfully ran for the Senate in 1971 as a member of Liberty Union party.  And in 1981, he successfully ran for mayor of Burlington, Vermont as an independent.  At times, he has identified as a democratic socialist.  Sanders did listed the Democratic Party as his party affiliation in his statement of candidacy for his presidential run.


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