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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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Progress Temporarily Slowed


Donald Trump preached racial, and religious hatred to white communities across our country.  Apparently, hatred and bigotry have become fashionable again.  The emotions of fear and hatred contribute to poor judgement.  Fear suppresses reason, and hatred has been compared to an acid, because it can damage the vessel in which it is stored as well as destroy the object on which it is poured.
Our Constitution allowed only white, male, literate, land owners to vote.  Each state regardless of their population were given 2 senators.  Back then, the population ratio between the most populated state, Virginia and the least populated state, Delaware was 12 to 1.  By 2004, that ratio was 70 to 1 between California and Wyoming.  Consequently, the Senate is skewed in favor of sparsely populated states.  Theoretically, if the 26 lease populated states held together on all votes, they would control the Senate, with a total of less than 17 percent of our population.  Furthermore, the number of “electors” a state has in the Electoral College was designed to favor states with a smaller population.
Hillary is ahead of Trump in the popular vote by over 2.7 million votes, but choices made by a minority of voters have made it possible for the very rich, white supremacist, and religious extremist to destroy the lives of many hard working people.
The morning after the “2012” election, Republican twitter users blasted Obama’s reelection and the entire electoral process, because for a while Romney led in the popular vote.  Trump whined that the electoral college “a disaster for a democracy.”  He insisted the electoral process was a “total sham”... Our country is now in serious and unprecedented trouble... like never before.”
Martin Luther King Jr. warned: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

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