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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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Dan Rather


On Facebook, former CBS Evening News anchor, Dan Rather responded passionately after Donald Trump implied that people with guns could stop Hillary Clinton as president from appointing anti-gun judges.

He wrote: "When he suggested that ‘The Second Amendment People’ can stop Hillary Clinton he crossed a line with dangerous potential.”  By any objective analysis, this is a new low an unprecedented in the history of American presidential politics.  This is no longer about policy, civility, decency or even temperament.  This is a direct threat of violence against a political rival.  It is not just against the norms of American politics, it raises a serious question of whether it is against the law.  If any other citizen had said this about a Presidential candidate, would the Secret Service be investigating?"

Trump’s senior communications adviser Jason Miller claimed: “It’s called the power of unification; 2nd Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power.  And this year, they will be voting in record numbers, and it won’t be for Hillary Clinton, it will be for Donald Trump”

Rather responded: "Candidate Trump will undoubtedly issue an explanation; some of his surrogates are already engaged in trying to gloss it over, but once the words are out there they cannot be taken back.  That is what inciting violence means.  To anyone who still pretends this is a normal election of Republican against Democrat, history is watching.  And I suspect its verdict will be harsh."

Dan Rather conclude by quoting from Abraham Lincoln's inaugural address: "We are not enemies, but friends.  We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.  The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."

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