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 10, 2016

Mike Pence Lied

During the vice presidential debate, Tim Kaine repeatedly cited statements that Donald Trump made and asked, Mike Pence to defend those remarks.

On Trump’s position on nuclear proliferation, Kaine asked: “More nations should get nuclear weapons, try to defend that.”  Pence claimed: “He never said that.”

On immigration, Kaine noted: “I cannot believe that Governor Pence would sit here and defend his running mate’s claim that we should create a deportation force to—so that they’ll all be gone.”

Pence replied: “We have a deportation force.  It is called Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.  And the union for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement for the first time in their history endorsed Donald Trump to be the next president of the United States of America.”

Kaine asked: “So you like the 16 million deportations?”  Pence seemed to agree: “Senator, that is nonsense.”

On nuclear proliferation, Kaine stated: “Donald Trump believes that the world will be safer if more nations have nuclear weapons.  He’s said Saudi Arabia should get them, Japan should get them, Korea should get them.  And when he was confronted with this, and told, wait a minute, terrorists could get those, proliferation could lead to nuclear war, here’s what Donald Trump said, and I quote: ‘Go ahead, folks, enjoy yourselves.’  I’d love to hear Governor Pence tell me what’s so enjoyable or comical about nuclear war.”

Pence’s only reply was: “Did you work on that one a long time?  Because that had a lot of really creative lines in it.”

Regarding Hillary’s emails, Kaine explained: “The investigation concluded that not one reasonable prosecutor would take any additional steps.  You do not get to decide that the rights and wrongs of this.  We have a justice system that does that.  A Republican FBI director did an investigation and concluded—”   Pence interrupted: “That is absolutely false.”


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