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.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Senator Warren

On 3/10/16, Elizabeth Warren observed: “We’re out there talking about both our candidates are talking about the importance of holding Wall Street accountable.  We’re having a debate back and forth about the best way to make sure that our kids can make it through college without getting crushed by student loan debt.  We’re out there having a big conversation about trade and what kind of trade policies we should follow.”

Recently, she posted on Facebook: “Donald Trump is now the leader of the Republican Party.  It's real – he is one step away from the White House.  Here's what else is real.  Trump has built his campaign on racism, sexism, and xenophobia.  There's more enthusiasm for him among leaders of the KKK than leaders of the political party he now controls.

“He incites supporters to violence, praises Putin, and, according to a columnist who recently interviewed him, is ‘cool with being called an authoritarian’ and doesn't mind associations with history's worst dictators. 

“He attacks veterans like John McCain who were captured and puts our service members at risk by cheerleading illegal torture.  In a world with ISIS militants and leaders like North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un conducting nuclear tests, he surrounds himself with a foreign policy team that has been called a ‘collection of charlatans,’ and puts out contradictory and nonsensical national security ideas one expert recently called ‘incoherent’ and ‘truly bizarre.’ 

“What happens next will test the character for all of us – Republican, Democrat, and Independent.  It will determine whether we move forward as one nation or splinter at the hands of one man's narcissism and divisiveness.  I know which side I'm on, and I’m going to fight my heart out to make sure Donald Trump’s toxic stew of hatred and insecurity never reaches the White House.”


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