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.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Peaceful Change

I recently read a headline that insisted: “Follow Paine’s example and reclaim America’s democracy.”  Democratic politicians and voters aren’t experiencing a time: “that try men’s soul’s.”
Those pushing the idea of a revolution, stop short of calling for an armed rebellion, to avoid being accused of treason.  We don’t need another Civil War that resulted in nearly 1,100,000 casualties and claimed more than 620,000 lives.

Republican Party holds a significant majority of 248 of the 440 seats in the House of Representatives.  They have 54 seats in the Senate, which is also a clear majority.  Since, Republicans in the Senate refuses to give Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court a hearing, the conservative and progressive Justices remain at four each.  On the state level Republicans have 31 of 50 Governors, and control in 70 of the state legislative chambers.

Unfortunately, the Republican party continues to complain about where our country is headed, even though their hand remains on the steering wheel.  Consequently, I’m concerned that Donald Trump the presidential nominee of the Republican Party might become a threat to our democracy.

Fortunately, a recent CNN/ORC poll reported President Obama's approval rating of 54 percent now stands at its highest level since just before his second inauguration in 2013.  That is the most positive approval rating of his second term.
Compared to other recent two-term presidents, Obama's approval rating at this stage of his presidency ranks on par with Ronald Reagan's ratings in 1988, and are approaching Bill Clinton's 57 percent at this point in 2000.

Obama is approaching the end of his two-terms in office.  After, Bush completed his second term in office, his approval rating was 22 percent, and Vice President Dick Cheney’s was 13 percent.

Peaceful change only requires fair elections, not a revolution.


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