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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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Opportunities Lost


After she lost the election, Hillary Clinton pleaded: “I know many of you are deeply disappointed about the results of the election.  I am, too, more than I can ever express!
“I know this isn’t easy.  I know that over the past week, a lot of people have asked themselves whether America is the country we thought it was.  The divisions laid bare by this election run deep.
“But please listen to me when I say this.  America is worth it.  Our children are worth it.  Believe in our country, fight for our values, and never, ever give up.”
As president, Hillary Clinton would have continue to address the struggles for civil rights, women's rights, and worker's rights.
She would have appoint Supreme Court justices, who stood up for women's rights to make a choice, and on behalf of the rights of the LGBT community.  Justices that wouldn’t allow Roe v. Wade, or marriage equality to be reverse.  She recognizes that the heart wrenching decision, that a woman has to make regarding an abortion shouldn’t be decided by arrogant men on the Supreme Court.  It’s a decision that shouldn’t be left to the states to decide, because wealthy women would simply travel to a state that respects a woman’s right to make that choice.

With the help of a progressive Congress, Hillary had hoped to enable more young people get a college education.  She recognize that workers would be able to find higher paying jobs if our government would simply invest more money to improve our infrastructure.  She also had expected to bring the cost of prescription drugs down.

The money for those expensive programs would have come from those very wealthy individuals and the most profitable corporations, who haven’t been required to pay their fair share for many years. 

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