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, October 03, 2016

Clarifying Issues

Presidential debate moderator Lester Holt asked: “Mr. Trump, for five years, you perpetuated a false claim that the nation’s first black president was not a natural-born citizen.  You questioned his legitimacy.
“In the last couple of weeks, you acknowledged what most Americans have accepted for years, the president was born in the United States.  Can you tell us what took you so long? ”
Trump spoke about President Obama’s birth, but never answered Lester Holt’s question.  So, he asked again: “I just want to get the answer here.  The birth certificate was produced in 2011, you continued to tell the story and questioned the president’s legitimacy in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.  So, the question is, what changed your mind? ”  
Trump never answered that question, because he doesn’t have an answer.
Trump also provided Hillary Clinton with an opportunity to clarify another issue, when he said: “I don't believe that Hillary has the stamina.”
She replied: “Well, as soon as he travels to 112 countries and negotiates a peace deal, a cease-fire, a release of dissidents, an opening of new opportunities in nations around the world, or even spends 11 hours testifying in front of a congressional committee, he can talk to me about stamina.” 
She also mentioned: “He loves beauty contests, supporting them and hanging around them, and he called this woman Miss Piggy.  Then he called her Miss Housekeeping because she was Latina.  Donald, she has a name.  Her name is Alicia Machado, and she has become a U.S. citizen, and you can bet, that she’s going to vote this November.”
The next day, Donald Trump said: “She was the worst we ever had.  She was impossible.  She was a Miss Universe contestant and ultimately a winner, who they had a tremendously difficult time with as Miss Universe.”


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