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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Friday, May 27, 2016

Pocahontas


Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has endorsed neither Hillary Clinton nor her primary opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, which makes her one of just two Democratic Senators, who have yet to state their preference for Clinton or Sanders. 

In 2006, two years before the housing market collapsed in 2008 and millions of Americans lost their homes.  Donald Trump announced that he was hoping for a crash: "I sort of hope that happens because then people like me would go in and buy...”

In a recent speech at the Center for Popular Democracy's annual gala, Warren took aim at Trump's business record.  She portrayed the billionaire real estate mogul as uncaring and dishonest.

She asked: "What kind of a man roots for people to get thrown out of their houses?  What kind of a man roots for people to get thrown out of their jobs?  To root for people to lose their pensions?"

"I'll tell you exactly what kind of a man does that.  It is a man who cares about no one but himself.  A small, insecure, money-grubber who doesn't care who gets hurt, so long as he makes a profit off it."

Warren frequently attacks Trump using the real estate mogul's trademark medium Twitter.  The most verbal broadside comes as the Massachusetts Democrat continues to stay uncommitted in her party's presidential primary.  Warren is often speculated as a democratic vice presidential pick, but she has maintained neutrality between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.  Her eagerness to hit Trump reflects an eagerness among many Democratic politicians to pivot toward the general election.

In a speech, Trump responded by calling her "Pocahontas," thereby reviving a 2012 controversy about the Massachusetts senator Native American heritage.  And, on Twitter, he calling Senator Warren:"goofy," and questioning her record as a Senator.

***See post entitled “Disaster Capitalism” made on January 30, 2010.

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