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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Monday, October 24, 2016

Interpreting the Constitution


In the last presidential debate, Hillary Clinton was asked for her view on how the Constitution should be interpreted?

She explained: “You know, at the goings on about the Supreme Court, it really raises the central issue in this election.  Namely, what kind of country are we going to be?  What kind of opportunities will we provide for our citizens?  What kind of rights will Americans have?  And I feel strongly that the Supreme Court needs to stand on the side of the American people, not on the side of the powerful corporations and the wealthy.  For me, that means that we need a Supreme Court that will stand up on behalf of of women's rights, on behalf of the rights of the LGBT community, that will stand up and say no to Citizens United, a decision that has undermined the election system in our country because of the way it permits dark, unaccountable money to come into our electoral system.

“I have major disagreements with my opponent about these issues and others that will be before the Supreme Court.  But I feel that at this point in our country's history, it is important that we not reverse marriage equality, that we not reverse Roe v. Wade, that we stand up against Citizens United -- we stand up for the rights of people in the workplace.  That we stand up and basically say -- the Supreme Court should represent all of us.  That's how I see the court.  And the kind of people that I would be looking to nominate to the court would be in the great tradition of standing up to the powerful, standing on behalf of our rights as Americans.  And I look forward to having the opportunity.  I would hope that the Senate would do its job and confirm the nominee that President Obama has sent to them.  That's the way the Constitution fundamentally should operate.  The president nominates, and then the Senate advises and consents or not.  But they go forward with the process.”

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