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, July 11, 2016

Exceptional


Hillary Clinton is proud to run on her record, because the choice before American people voters is clear.  She understands the value of strong alliances, clarity in dealing with our rivals, and a commitment to those values that made America great.  If America doesn’t lead, we leave a vacuum that will either cause chaos, or allow a country like China to fill the void.  Should China become the one making decisions about trade deals, our economy won’t benefit from those deals.

Some of the important things our next President must do to secure American leadership; and keep our economy growing in the years ahead are in areas in which Clinton and Trump strongly disagree. 

Clinton insists that we need to be strong at home.  That will require investing in infrastructure, education and innovation, which are the fundamentals of a strong economy.  We need to reduce income inequality, because our country can’t lead effectively when so many are struggling to provide the basics for their families.  And, we need to break down the barriers that hold Americans back, including barriers of bigotry and discrimination.

Trump’s economic plans would add more than $30 trillion to our national debt over the next 20 years.  He has a lot of ideas about who to blame, but no clue about what to do about it.  Nothing of what Trump has suggested would make America stronger, or solve our problems. 

Hillary recognizes that we must maintain our network of allies, because it’s an important part of what makes us exceptional.  Our armed forces fight terrorists together, and our diplomats work side by side.  Allies provide staging areas for our military, so we can respond quickly to events on the other side of the world, and share intelligence that helps us identify and defuse potential threats.

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