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.

Monday, May 23, 2016

A Clear Choice

The choice in November for president is very clear, because Hillary Clinton’s campaign is about restoring people’s confidence in our governments ability to solve problems.  That will require the Democratic Party winning back a majority in the Senate, so that President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court can finally be confirmed, and the vacancy filled.  
By overturning the Citizens United ruling, that was made by a conservative majority on the Supreme Court, members of Congress will be able to restore our democracy, by get unaccountable money out of our politics and thereby start closing the gap of inequality.

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, both agree that wages are too low and inequality is too high.  They agree that Social Security should be expanded, and not cut or privatized.  They agree college should be affordable for all student, and that every American should have access to affordable, quality health care.

The Democratic party platform will pledge to keep our country safe, and our troops out of another costly ground war in the Middle East.  And, it will recognize that climate change is a real, and urgent threat, that requires an aggressive response that can make America the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.
As a political party, Democrats need to agree on defending civil rights and voting rights, workers’ rights and women’s rights, LGBT rights and rights for people with disabilities.  They need to stand together and speak out against Republican candidates, who would threaten those rights and pit Americans against each other.

The Republican Party would continue to make it harder to vote, and deny women the right to make their own reproductive health care decisions. They’d round up millions of hardworking immigrants and deport them, and discriminate against Muslim Americans who we need in the fight against radicalization.


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