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 01, 2016

Republican Agenda

Donald Trump has alienated many of the Republican party faithful insiders, who waged the “culture wars” during the 1980s and ’90s.  Back then many Republicans believed, that they were fighting a “war for the soul of America.”  In his 1992 convention speech, Pat Buchanan called for a struggle that pitted the conservative religious right against the secular, progressive factions in American politics who advocated in favor of abortion, gun control, affirmative action, and separation of church and state.  In fact, nearly all of the Republican nominees for president during the last two decades have been emphasizing the culture wars.
Instead of continuing their traditional political agenda of free trade, military intervention, and trickle-down economics, Republicans began drafting platforms that emphasized the culture wars, that called for blocking women from serving in combat roles in the military, abolishing federal funding for abortion, and rolling back the spread of pornography, which they consider a “public health crisis.”
If you watched the recent Republican National Convention, you might have assumed the only agenda of the Republican Party is to literally to burn Hillary Clinton at the stake.

Chants of “Lock her up!” and “Guilty!” were encouraged by several speakers.  Hillary was called “a piece of garbage.”  Ben Carson accused her of being connected to Lucifer.  One of Trump’s advisors called for Hillary to be “put in the firing line and shot for treason.”

It has become obvious that the Democratic Party isn’t up against a typical Republican opponent.  Their only proposal for helping middle-class Americans seems to involve calling for Hillary to be vilified.

They don’t seem to have a plan to defeat terrorist.  Other than vilifying the Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, the Republican Party hasn’t a plan to improve the lives of hard working middle-class or the poor.  


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