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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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Most Qualified Person Ever


The following excerpt is from and article written by Isaac Saul, who originally was an adamant Bernie Sander’s supporter. 
“I’ve spent almost every waking hour of every day following this election, reading about Hillary, Donald Trump, both parties’ platforms, and the under-qualified Libertarian and Green Party candidates running.  During these months of obsessing over my choice, I’ve watched my position slowly shift.  I’ve felt myself start advocating for Hillary more than advocating a vote against Trump, culminating in last night’s debate when she finally, totally, completely won me over.
“In an election that features one of the most well- documented liars and scam artist businessmen to ever run for public office, much of the attention has been on him — how we can’t put him in office, give him keys to a nuclear warhead, trust him in the most powerful position in the world.  Some of it has been more positive: how he’d turn the system on its head, be a Washington outsider, completely rewrite the script.  While it’s easy to make the case for voting against Trump, it occurred to me during the debate last night how much we’ve taken Clinton for granted.
“Let’s start with a simple but important position: Hillary Clinton is the most qualified person to ever run for president.
“Measuring qualifications, of course, is somewhat subjective.  She’s never served in the military and never run her own business, something previous candidates have done.  But she was a secretary of state for four years, a U.S. senator for eight years, a first lady who lived in the White House, saw the challenges of being president up close and personal for eight years, a first lady of Arkansas, and a law professor to boot.  If she were elected, she’d be the first former cabinet member to become president in almost 100 years.”

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