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.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Come Together

The following excerpt is from the speech Hillary Clinton made yesterday. 

“As I look at American history, I see that this has always been a country of ‘we’ not ‘me’.  We stand together because we are stronger together.  E pluribus unum.  One out of many has seen us through the darkest chapters of our history.  Ever since 13 squabbling colonies put aside their disagreements and united because they realized they were going to rise together or fall separately, generation after generation has fought and marched and organized to widen the circle of dignity and opportunity.  Ending slavery.  Securing and expanding the right to vote.  Throwing open the doors of education.  Building the greatest middle class the world has ever seen.

“And we are stronger when more people can participate in our democracy.  We are stronger when everyone can share in the rewards of our economy and contribute to our communities, when we bridge our divides and lift each other up instead of tearing each other down.  Now we have overcome a lot together and we will overcome the threats of terror and radicalization and all of our other challenges.

“The bonds that hold us together as communities, as one national community, are strained by an economy with too much inequality and too little upward mobility.  By social and political divisions that have diminished our trust in each other and our confidence in our shared future.  I have heard that, and I want you to know as your president I will work every day to break down all the barriers holding you back and keeping us apart.  We’re gonna get an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, we’re gonna forge a new sense of connection and shared responsibility to each other and our nation.

“I remember how it felt, on the day after 9/11.  Americans from all walks of life rallied together with a sense of common purpose on September the 12th and in the days and weeks and months that followed. We had each others’ backs.  I was a senator from New York.  There was a Republican president, a Republican governor, and a Republican mayor.  We did not attack each other.  We worked with each other to protect our country and rebuild our city.

President Bush went to a Muslim community center just six days after the attacks to send a message of unity and solidarity.  To anyone who wanted to take out their anger on our Muslim neighbors and fellow citizens, he said: “That should not, and that will not, stand in America.”  It is time to get back to the spirit of those days, spirit of 9/12.  Let’s make sure we keep looking to the best of our country, to the best within each of us.  Democratic and Republican presidents have risen to the occasion in the face of tragedy.  That is what we are called to do my friends and I am so confident and optimistic that is exactly what we will do.”


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