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.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Trump Offering Fear

Although, Ronald Reagan called America “a shining city on a hill.”  Donald Trump has called it “a divided crime scene” that only he can fix.  It doesn’t matter to the Republican nominee for President that illegal immigration and the crime rate are as low as they’ve been in decades.  Trump isn’t offering any solutions regarding those issues.  He tends to just offer slogans, and fear.  He wants to scares enough misinformed frightened voters, to win the election in November.   
If you are concerned about paying bills, and seeing the economy grow, by creating more opportunity, the choice is clearly Hillary Clinton.  If you want a president with a lifelong record of fighting for higher wages, better benefits, a fairer tax code, and stronger regulations on Wall Street, vote for Hillary Clinton.
If you’re concerned about, a Commander-in-Chief, who will keep your family safe in a dangerous world, the choice is again clear. Hillary Clinton is respected around the world, not just by world leaders, but by the people that serve those foreign leaders.
Many people outside of the United States have worked closely with Hillary on intelligence, diplomatic, and military teams.  They’ve been impressed by her judgment, experience and temperament to meet the threat of terrorism.  Those experiences are nothing new for Hillary.  Our troops have pounded ISIL without mercy, taking out their leaders, and taking back territory.  As Commander-in-Chief, Hillary won’t relent until ISIL is destroyed, and she’ll do it without resorting to torture, or banning entire religions from entering our country. 
On the other hand, Donald Trump has called our military a disaster.  He doesn’t have a clue about the thousands of men and women who make up the strongest fighting force the world has ever known.  He suggests America is weak, cozies up to Putin, praises Saddam Hussein, and told our NATO allies, who stood by our side after 9/11 that they’ll have to pay up if they want our protection.
America’s commitments don’t come with a price tag.  That’s one of the reasons why almost every country on Earth sees America as stronger and more respected today than they did eight years ago when Obama took office. 
America’s strength, our greatness, doesn’t depend on Trump.  It doesn’t depend on any one person.  And that, in the end, may be the biggest difference in this election, because democracy requires people working together. 


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