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.

Friday, November 11, 2016

For Better or Worst

Assuming that the election was fair, for better or worst, we will get the government that we deserve, after Trump is sworn in a president.

The following is an excerpt from Hillary Clinton’s concession speech.

“Last night I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country.

“I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans.  This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for, and I’m sorry we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country.

“But I feel pride and gratitude for this wonderful campaign that we built together.  This vast, diverse, creative, unruly, energized campaign.  You represent the best of America, and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life.

“I know how disappointed you feel, because I feel it too.  And so do tens of millions of Americans who invested their hopes and dreams in this effort.  This is painful, and it will be for a long time.  But I want you to remember this.

“Our campaign was never about one person, or even one election.  It was about the country we love and building an America that is hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted.  We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought.  But I still believe in America, and I always will.  And if you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president.  We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.  Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power.”

A peaceful transfer of power is the reason that we have been and will remain the greatest nation on earth.


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