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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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Campaigning for Hillary


Michelle Obama is hoping to galvanize suburban voters behind a candidate she once strongly opposed.
At a campaign rally in northern Virginia, Michelle Obama will speak to convince Obama supporters that Hillary Clinton is also worthy of their votes.  She is entering a race more bitterly fought than either of her husband's election battles.  Largely averse to partisan bickering, our first lady hopes to avoid being dragged into this year's fracas, instead making the case for Clinton as a uniquely qualified candidate.

Our First Lady’s communications director, Caroline Adler Morales explained: "Her focus will be on urging voters in key swing states, especially young people and African Americans, to register to vote, and be sure to cast their vote in November.  The first lady's remarks supporting Secretary Clinton will be focused on the qualifications and demeanor a president needs, the values we hold dear as Americans, and our shared hopes for the future."

Those were the themes that Michelle Obama addressed during a well-received speech at this summer's Democratic National Convention.

An excerpt from that speech pointed out: “That is what Barack and I think about every day as he tried to guide and protect our girls from the challenges of this unusual life in the spotlight.  How we urged them to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or faith.  How we insist that the hateful language they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country.  How we explain that when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don't stoop to their level.  Our motto is, when they go low, we go high.

“With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us.  We as parents are the most important role model.”

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