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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Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Autopsy


The following is an excerpt from a weekly column by the editor of the Oneonta Daily Star, Sam Pollak.
“The GOP still holds most of the governorships, controls most of the statehouses, will probably still have enough senators to filibuster any bill it dislikes, and thanks to some clever gerrymandering, is likely to retain a majority in the House of Representatives.
“Combine that with the fact that Democrats generally cannot be bothered to vote in off-year elections.  With more Senate seats to defend than the GOP in 2018, a Democratic majority will likely last only two years.
“Republicans, you’ll be more than OK.  Unless, of course, you want to elect a Republican president.
“What that would take would be overcoming the Democrats’ natural advantage in the electoral college, getting back to the traditional Republican values of lower taxes, strong defense, fiscal responsibility and small government, and most importantly, following your own advice.
“That advice came after Barack Obama took Mitt Romney’s lunch money in 2012.  The wise men and women of the Republican Party did a report — they called it an ‘autopsy’ of the election. 
“Those smart people sifted through the rubble of a massive electoral college defeat and came to 100 pages of conclusions, including these: ‘Among the steps Republicans take in the Hispanic community and beyond, must be to embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform,’ the report read.  ‘If we do not, our Party’s appeal will continue to shrink to its core constituencies only.’
“Then, during 2015 and 2016, GOP presidential hopefuls fought to see who would be the most anti-immigration of the bunch.  Trump took the title by calling Mexican immigrants rapists and murderers.
“By the year 2050 we’ll be a majority-minority country and in both 2008 and 2012 President Obama won a combined 80 percent of the votes of all minority groups,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a press conference for the report.  ‘The RNC cannot and will not write off any demographic or community or region of this country.’
“Then, of course, Trump did just that.  He’s polling at about 1 percent support among African-Americans.  ‘Already, there is a generational difference within the conservative movement about issues involving the treatment and the rights of gays — and for many younger voters, these issues are a gateway into whether the Party is a place they want to be,’ the report said.
“Trump has come out against marriage equality.  The report also recommended an outreach to women voters.  Trump’s boorish, vulgar comments about various women have many females flocking to Clinton.”

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