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.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Controversial Candidate

Criticism of  Donald Trump over the Khan controversy came swiftly, from his own party including McCain, whom Trump had derided for having been taken captive in the Vietnam War.  However, McCain, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Speaker Paul Ryan haven’t given any indication they’d withdraw their support for Trump.

Trump has also been criticized for appearing unaware that Russian forces had annexed Crimea in early 2014.  After being informed of that reality, he decided to argued that the people of Crimea "would rather be with Russia than where they were."  That same argument was used by Putin to justify his annexation of the disputed Ukrainian territory.

Trump claims that fostering better ties with Putin would benefit areas of American foreign policy, including the fight against ISIS.  He said: "If we could get along with Russia, wouldn't that be a good thing, instead of a bad thing?"

It would be a good thing.  Actually, it would also have been a good thing if FDR and Churchill had been able to get along with Hitler.

Trump was criticized for calling on Russia to release deleted emails from Clinton if they had obtained them in a hack of the Democratic National Committee.  

Although, federal officials said there is strong evidence indicating the breach was perpetrated by hackers working on behalf of Russia intelligence, President Obama explained that the FBI was still investigating the hack, and noted that cybersecurity was just one of a long list of disputes, between Putin and himself.

Obama's administration, through the Justice Department's national security division, continues to investigate the hack, but neither the White House nor the FBI have publicly blamed Russia for the intrusion.

Donald Trump dismissed accusations that Putin could be behind the hack in order to tip our presidential election in his favor.


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