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.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Peaceful Resolutions

The Declaration of Independence pledges to provide opportunity for every American.  Granted, it didn’t anticipate issues like, healthcare, equal pay, a first class public education for every child, and free tuition at public colleges.  It pledge that our most fortunate citizens would pay higher taxes to ensure, certain unalienable rights.  Racial, religious and women’s rights, need to be protected, as well as, those of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender citizens.

Our Constitution is a living document that outlines a political process to resolve our differences in a way that seeks to avoid bloody revolutions by compromising.  Revolution isn’t a solution.  

Extremist from both sides of the political spectrum have pushed the idea of a Revolution, but stop short of calling for an armed rebellion, to avoid being accused of treason.  We don’t need another Civil War that resulted in nearly 1,100,000 casualties and claimed more than 620,000 American lives.

On election day nearly 47 percent of eligible voters didn’t vote.  Change starts with informed voters participating in fair elections in which everybody 18 and older are expected to participate.  If everybody doesn’t participate, it’s very possible that we will not get the kind of government on every level that we deserve.  Change only requires fair elections, not a revolution.

The Voting Rights Act needs to be able to required pre-clearance of any changes regarding the way elections are conducted.  Voting should be made easier, not harder.  Americans should be automatically registered to vote on their 18th birthdays.  Every state should have several days of early in-person voting.  No one should have to wait more than 30 minutes to cast a ballot.

Our Republican political leaders have responsibility to strengthen our democracy by reforming a corrupted campaign finance system and restoring access to the ballot box in all 50 states.


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