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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Monday, June 06, 2016

It’s Clear


In a letter to the editor of the Oneonta Daily Star, Nico Meyering wrote: “The GOP is being dominated and/or dismantled by Donald Trump.  At the national level, the party has only itself to blame.  Party leaders calling Trump a bigot have rung the alarm bells too late.

“Trump is a candidate who exploits biases and divides for political gain. fear he has few scruples and fewer ethics.  Future historians will study the 2016 election not because we could potentially elect a woman or a democratic socialist, but because Americans in general, and the GOP in particular, have allowed Trump’s brand of American authoritarianism to come this far.

“Trump’s fellow GOP candidates decry his outlandish and severe proclamations, but not because his stances are morally repulsive and completely wrong.  They instead object to Trump’s stances because they think a Trump nomination means four more years of a Democrat.  Further, on top of their moral silence, each candidate has vowed to support Trump if he becomes the GOP nominee.  It looks clear he will.

“Remember that when GOP leaders and mega-donors cobble together a last- second, last-ditch, too-late effort to stop Trump, they fear losing the general election, not a Trump presidency.

“Donald Trump tells us that Mexican immigrants are rapists, that Muslims should be banned from entering the US, and that some of his fellow candidates aren’t eligible to become president.  He casually promised to order war crimes.  But nobody from Lincoln’s party called him out on this until it was too late.  Even now, they object to Trump’s electability, not his hate-filled rhetoric.”

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