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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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Unifying Democrats


Last night, Sanders and Clinton were competing for 384 pledged delegates.  According to a CNN estimate, Clinton was leading Sanders by 253 pledged delegates, and dominated the count among super-delegates, who also have a convention vote.
Hillary Clinton won by wide magins in Maryland and Pennsylvania, and a majority in Delaware and Connecticut.  Bernie Sanders won a majority in Rhode Island.

In her victory speech, Clinton extended an olive branch to Sanders in an effort to begin the process of unifying the Democratic Party behind her candidacy.

She announced: "I applaud Sen. Sanders and his millions of supporters for challenging us to get unaccountable money out of politics and putting greater emphasis to closing the gap of inequality.  I know together we will get that done."

Clinton's wins help bolster her campaign's argument that it is time for Sanders to make a decision to stop personal and political attacks on the former secretary of state that could weaken her status in November.

Hillary took the stage to cheers at her election night headquarters in Philadelphia, the city that will host the Democratic National Convention this summer.  She declared: “With your help, we are going to come back to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention with the most votes and the most pledged delegates.  And we will unify our party to win this election and build an America where we can all rise together, an America where we lift each other up instead of tearing each other down.”

Clinton noted: “There’s much more that unites Democratic voters than divides us.  We agree that we have to bring this country together, not pull it further apart.  We agree on defending all our rights -- civil rights and voting rights, worker’s rights and women’s rights, LGBT rights and rights for people with disabilities.”

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