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, July 14, 2016

The Zika Virus

Recently, I received the following e-mail from Senator Chuck Schumer.
“Senate Republicans are failing to protect Americans' safety -- again.
“My Republican colleagues are stalling yet another bill that would provide funding to one of the most critical public health crises of our time: The Zika virus.
“They're playing the worst kind of politics: First, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill to provide funding to combat Zika, but when it came time to work with the House, the GOP turned and inserted measures to cut funding for the Affordable Care Act and Planned Parenthood at a time when access to healthcare should be a priority.
“All this while hundreds of United States citizens have been infected by the virus. I'm fed up.  This bait and switch is politics at its worst, and we can't let it stand.
“We don't have time to beat around this issue. Summer is in full swing, and mosquitoes are more prevalent than ever.  This is no time to stand between Americans and a cure for Zika.
“And, yet, Senate Republicans are choosing to play politics with women's healthcare rather than protect the hundreds of pregnant women who could be infected with this dangerous virus.  I shouldn't be surprised by Senate Republicans' inaction anymore, but this is really too much.
“We owe the American people more than senseless political games.  We owe them real solutions to real problems.”
This is what Americans will continue to get until they stop voting for Republican candidates.  In our political system we get what we deserve, because irrational, misinformed conservative Republican voters seem to out number compassionate, reasonable Democratic voters on election day in most states. 


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