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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Friday, November 25, 2016

Psychotic Narcissism


Prior to election day, the Oneonta Daily Star published the following letter written by David Pearlman of Cooperstown.

“Having lived just outside NYC during the '70s and '80s, I considered Donald Trump little more than a rich kid narcissist playboy and a somewhat benign buffoon who was only a threat to the people with whom he did business.

“I had moved upstate when in 2011, Trump began questioning the legitimacy of our first black president as he championed the ‘Birther’ movement.  While this didn’t surprise me, it disgusted and frightened me.  I awoke each morning morbidly hoping that some birther-hyped racist hadn't shot the president.  And yes, I'm knocking wood as I write this. 

“So nothing Donald Trump has done or said particularly surprises me. What does surprise and horrify me is that 40 percent of Americans have remained loyal to this bully like a beaten dog to its master and his rallies are hate-fueled mob scenes.  This began with the rise of the far right, and Republicans are only now jumping ship as it starts to sink.

“Why did those who are leaving his side now wait so long, or join his march of narcissism at all?  Donald Trump has always been what he is now.  He hasn’t changed.  He is still the spoiled brat of Fifth Avenue, a man whose psychotic narcissism can only be satisfied by becoming the most powerful person in the world.  How could Republicans not see this coming?  Or did they?

“So when you go to the polls on Nov. 8, remember that Republicans chose Donald Trump over some good and decent alternatives, and it’s too late to disinfect their brand from his noxious sputum.  Yes, Hillary is a flawed candidate, but not nearly as flawed as most media would have us believe. And she will serve all Americans.  It is time to give her party the chance to move us forward.”
***BTW, The flaws are in our Constitution.  Hillary Clinton proved that she wasn’t a flawed candidate, because nationally she overwhelmingly won the popular vote. 

Two weeks after Election Day votes in many states are still being counted.  The tally shows that Hillary Clinton is leading in the popular vote, with Michigan's 16 electoral votes is still not determined.

On Thanksgiving Day, she is leading by over 2.2 million popular vote, due mostly to an influx of absentee and provisional ballots still being counted in California.

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