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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Monday, April 25, 2016

James E. Lee


In response to complementary remarks about Hillary Clinton in an Oneonta Daily Star column written by editor Sam Pollack, James Lee of Morris wrote: “Mrs. Clinton’s sizeable reputation is that she is anything but nice, but then I’m sure there are many people who are swayed by her charisma and speaking ability.  After all, there were millions swayed by Adolf Hitler.”

Indeed, there were people swayed by Hitler, but Hillary Clinton hasn’t used Jews, very successful wealthy people, or any other minority as scapegoats to further her popularity.

Mr. Lee also wrote: “Despite her fan’s claims, she does not seem to have been successful of anything herself except riding her husband’s coat tails.”  That remark is not only untrue, it’s vindictive and hateful.

In 1995, Conservative Republican were upset that First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton would dare to give a high-profile speech about women’s rights in Beijing, China. 

In Beijing, thousands of women from all over the world 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.”    

Change is ultimately determined or obstructed by eligible voters.  That includes both those that vote and those that don’t vote.  So far by winning more primary voters than any other candidate, Clinton has demonstrated that she will be the most formidable candidate.  She has valuable experience in dealing with Republican misinformation as our First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State.

A popular Beetles song clarified: “You say you want a revolution  Well, you know  We all want to change the world

“You tell me that it's evolution...  But when you talk about destruction  Don’t you know that you can count me out

“We’d all love to see the plan  You ask me for a contribution…But if you want money  For people with minds that hate

“You say you’ll change the constitution...You tell me it’s the institution…You better free you mind instead”

Destroying Hillary’s reputation isn’t the answer, because it will take an inspired and united Democratic party to defeat the Republican candidate for president.  

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