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.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Your Support

Robert Reich served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration.  Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century.  He was a strong supporter of Bernie Sanders to be the Democratic nominee for president, but is now sending a Facebook book message to those who also supported Senator Sanders.
“May I have a word with those of you Bernie supporters who consider Donald Trump to be no worse than Hillary Clinton?  It’s a point of view a number of you have expressed on this page, and it's dead wrong.
“As I said when I endorsed Bernie for president, I view Hillary as enormously qualified to be president of the political system we now have. She is smart, capable, and experienced.  I endorsed Bernie because I thought he would help create the political system we need.  But Bernie will not be the Democratic nominee.  That does not mean the end of the movement Bernie advanced.  That movement was never about Bernie; it was about reclaiming our democracy and our economy.  And that movement will live on, and it will grow.  It needs your continuing activism and your tenacity.
“You are, of course, entitled to support anyone you wish to.  But if you don’t get behind Hillary you increase the odds that Donald Trump will be president.  That would be a disaster for America and the world.  Trump is a menace.  He is not just unsuited to being the president of the United States – a bigoted narcissist who incites and excuses violence – but his presidency would threaten everything this nation stands for: tolerance, inclusion, freedom of the press, equal justice, and equal opportunity.  It would make it far more difficult ever to achieve the progressive goals you and I share.
“What do you think?”


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