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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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Not Qualified


On 4/1/16, Bernie Sanders was interviewed by the New York Daily News editorial board.  Transcripts of that interview clearly showed him having difficulty answering questions about foreign and domestic policy, including the implementation of his plan to reform Wall Street.

MSNBC asked Hillary Clinton if she thought Sanders was "ready to be president."  She replied:"I think he hadn't done his homework and he'd been talking for more than a year about doing things that he obviously hadn't really studied or understood, and that does raise a lot of questions.  Really what that goes to is for voters to ask themselves can he deliver what he's talking about."

On 4/6/16, Bernie Sanders claimed:"Secretary Clinton appears to be getting a little bit nervous.  And she has been saying lately that she thinks that I am 'not qualified' to be president.  Well, let me just say in response to Secretary Clinton, I don't believe that she is qualified, if she is, through her super PAC, taking tens of millions of dollars in special interest funds.  I don't think that you are qualified if you get $15 million from Wall Street through your super PAC.

"I don't think you are qualified if you have voted for the disastrous war in Iraq.  I don't think you are qualified if you have supported virtually every disastrous trade agreement which has cost us millions of decent paying jobs.  I don't think you are qualified if you've supported the Panama free trade agreement, something I very strongly opposed and, which as all of you know, has allowed corporations and wealthy all over the world people to avoid paying their taxes to their countries."

In response, Brian Fallon a campaign spokesman for Clinton tweeted: "Hillary Clinton did not say Bernie Sanders was 'not qualified.'  But he has now - absurdly - said it about her.  This is a new low."

In the Daily News interview, Sanders also said that he didn’t see any reason for the parents of children massacred at Sandy Hook in Connecticut should be able to sue the gun makers. 

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