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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Thursday, June 09, 2016

First Female Nominee


Reaching the highest peak yet in a tumultuous and trailblazing political career, Hillary Clinton claimed victory exactly eight years after folding her 2008 Democratic primary presidential campaign against Obama.  Now after three decades of being at the center of American politics, Hillary has finally cracked, what had been the most difficult glass ceiling for America women.

Shortly after she became the first woman to lead the presidential ticket of a major political party, she reached out to supporters of Bernie Sanders, in an attempt to unify Democrats.  She praised Sanders for his long public service and mirrored some of his progressive economic rhetoric.  She insisted that their vigorous primary campaign was good for the Democratic Party, and, explained: "Tonight's victory is not about one person, it belongs to generations."  She also again pointed out to voters: "Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit to be president."

At next month's Democratic convention, the former first lady, senator from New York State, and secretary of state will be confronting the presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump in a general election battle that is shaping up as one of the most significant campaigns in modern history.

So far Bernie Sanders is refusing to drop his bid despite overwhelming odds.  After Clinton's victory rally in Brooklyn, Sanders spoke to a roaring crowd in California to declare "the struggle continues."  He pledged to stay in the race through next week's primary in Washington, D.C., and to fight on for social, economic, racial and environmental justice at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Reportedly, President Obama waited until voting ended in the last six primary states to weigh in on the race by calling both candidates to congratulate them for "running inspiring campaigns that have energized Democrats."  The President will meet with Sanders today, at the Vermont senator's request.

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