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.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Dark Days

In 1835, Alexis de Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America” stated: “In a democracy, people get the government they deserve.”  Actually, we’ve never been a true democracy.  The Electoral College was specifically designed to negate the popular vote in favor of the less populated states.  Consequently, Al Gore and now Hillary Clinton have been defeated.
Dark days began in 1929, when the stock market collapse, while Republican President Herbert Hoover occupied the oval office.  The Great Depression followed with an unemployment rate that reached 24.9 percent.
Charitable organizations were completely overwhelmed.  My maternal grandfather was a hard working, skilled carpenter, who was too proud to ask for help.  My mother told me that her family survived the end of the winter of 1932-33, by mostly eating turnips and sugar sandwiches.
Most of the people that live in my congressional district voted for Republican candidates.  That isn’t surprising, because it’s a recently gerrymandered congressional district from Republican strongholds in 11 counties.
We’ll never know how many of the people in our congressional district, who voted for Trump are racial, or religious bigots.  Unfortunately, many white Christians and Catholics don’t realize the importance of separation of church and state.  The promise of religious freedom doesn’t include selfishly insisting every American must live by the teachings of Christianity.  
The emotions of fear and hatred contributes to poor judgement.  Fear suppresses reason.  Hatred is like acid, because it can damage the vessel in which it is stored as well as destroy the object on which it is poured.
Choices made by a minority of voters have made it likely that white supremacist, and religious extremist will make the lives of women, racial and religious minorities more difficult.  Therefore, I’m compelled to shine the light of reason to enable open minded people to recognize the truth.


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