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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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Trumps Choice


Donald Trump has selected Governor Mike Pence of Indiana as his running mate.  He claimed that there's no one better for women.  And, promises that there's no one better for "the gays."  However, he's chosen one of the most anti-women, anti-equality Republicans in the country as his Vice President.

John Podesta is the Chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.  He previously served as Chief of Staff to Bill Clinton and counselor to President Obama.

Podesta considers Mike Pence to be the most extreme vice presidential pick in a generation.  He noted that Pence was an early supporter of the Tea Party, who spearheaded a religious liberty bill that legalized discrimination against gays and lesbians, and which he’s been forced to revised.  As a member of the House of Representatives, Pence was a leader in the effort to defund Planned Parenthood.

As Governor, Pence signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which permitted discrimination against Indiana’s LGBT residents, earned national backlash and ridicule from individuals and corporations alike, and cost Indiana $60 million in revenues.

He also signed into law one of the country’s most restrictive abortion laws, that cut funding for Planned Parenthood across Indiana.  That law resulted in one community losing its sole HIV testing center.  And, eventually Indiana faced an unprecedented HIV epidemic.

Podesta insists, that Pence an “incredibly divisive and unpopular running mate known for supporting discriminatory politics and failed economic policies that favor millionaires and corporations over working families.”

Podesta believes Pence is: “no economic leader or friend to the American worker.”  He cited Pence’s opposition to raising the federal minimum wage and the statistic that incomes in Indiana are stalled at 38th in the nation.  Pence also lowered corporate taxes while cutting funding for higher education and pre-k.

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