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.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Judgement and Temperament

President Obama has publicly insisted: "The Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president, and he keeps on proving it."

Obama’s description of his feelings about Trump is unprecedented.  He recalled disagreements with previous GOP presidential nominees Sen. McCain and Mitt Romney, but he never had a sense, that those Republican nominees for president were unfit to serve.

Our Commander-in-Chief explained: "The notion that he would attack a Gold Star family that made such extraordinary sacrifices on behalf of our country, the fact that he doesn't appear to have basic knowledge of critical issues in Europe, the Middle East, in Asia, means that he's woefully unprepared to do this job."

Obama has placed responsibility for Trump's statements squarely on his fellow Republicans.  Although, many Republicans have denounced Donald Trump’s statements regarding the slain Muslim soldier's family, they didn’t withdraw their support.

Obama asked the leadership of the Republican Party: “What does this say about your party that this is your standard-bearer?  This isn't a situation where you have an episodic gaffe.  This is daily and weekly where they are distancing themselves from statements he's making.  There has to be a point at which you say, 'This is not somebody I can support for president of the United States, even if he purports to be a member of my party.'”

"I don't doubt their sincerity.  I don't doubt they were outraged by some of the statements that Mr. Trump and his supporters made about the Khan family.  But there has to come a point in which you say, 'Somebody who makes those kinds of statements doesn't have the judgment, the temperament, the understanding to occupy the most powerful position in the world.'"

Trump’s responded: "He'll probably go down as the worst president in the history of our country."


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