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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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Our Future


I have been devoted to the Democratic Party ever since FDR got us out of the Great Depression and made sure that our country would win WWII.
Clarence Darrow wrote: “I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic.  I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure — that is all that agnosticism means.”
I consider myself an agnostic secularist, who believes  in separation of church and state, and that our government should provide opportunity for every American.
Let’s assume the best in each other, not the worst because whatever our differences, we all care about our grand children’s future.  Presidential candidates should be debating Second Amendment rights, marriage equality, abortion, national security, and terrorism.
Many people disapprove of the Democratic Party’s position on gay rights. They also believe that our government should be smaller, and the very wealthy work harder than everybody else, so they should be able to keep what they have.  Those are important issues, but the agenda of the Republican party isn’t designed to help the middle-class.  It’s been obvious since the Great Depression and WWII, that trickle down economics and small government doesn’t worked.
Democratic politicians initiated Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, and they’ll make sure that our government continues to pay for those programs as our population grows older.  The path to more jobs, higher wages, upgraded benefits, a stronger safety net, a fairer tax code, and trade on our terms is the agenda of the Democratic party.
After the financial crisis, Democrats passed the toughest Wall Street reforms in history.  Trump said that he’d dismantle those rules.  Less oversight on Wall Street would only make another economic crisis more likely.  Letting credit card companies write the rules wouldn’t make our middle class more secure.    

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