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.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Transforming Politics

Many white Americans think reverse discrimination is as significant a problem as discrimination against minorities, even though black unemployment is twice as high as white unemployment.
The typical Hispanic woman makes 55 cents for every dollar a white man earns.  Insisting women get equal pay for equal work shouldn’t be a partisan issue, since Republicans have daughters, too.
The problem with the idea of reverse discrimination is that it has divided Americans, who have common economic interests and should be working together for a better deal from those people in our government, who serve them.  They’ve become cynical of government, and it’s kept working families from pushing our political system to actually address our economic challenges in a realistic way.  Families of all races, and backgrounds deserve higher wages.  Families of all races, and backgrounds deserve quality health care and decent retirement savings.  And, every child in our country deserves an effective education.
If we’re going to transform our politics so that it becomes responsive to working families and actually grows our middle class, we have got to stop pitting working Americans against one another.  We’re going to have to come together and embrace a vision of America where everybody gets a fair shot, and everybody does their fair share, and everybody plays by the same set of rules.
This year wages are growing at a rate of about 3 percent.  Working people are finally getting a bigger piece of the pie, but it needs to be accelerate.  The Obama administration has taken action to help millions of workers collect the overtime pay that they have earned.
Congress needs to raise the minimum wage higher, to ensure that full time workers aren’t living in poverty.  Some states and cities have raised the minimum wage, but a national law is need.  


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