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, December 04, 2016

Worth Reconsidering


 President-elect Donald Trump has announced, that he was open to keeping parts of Obamacare intact despite repeatedly vowing to"repeal and replace" the program.

In an interview on CBS' "60 Minutes," regarding the need to continuing coverage for pre- existing conditions, Trump told Leslie Stahl: "Yes, because it happens to be one of the strongest assets."  He also said that he'd try to keep the part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act, that allows young people to stay on their parents' insurance plans until age 26.

The Washington Post reported that Trump website omits a call to allow Americans to import prescription drugs from other countries where they are sold at lower prices.

Last year, Trump called for a “shutdown” of Muslim immigration to our country, but later amended his plan, by calling for “extreme vetting” and a shutdown on immigration from countries compromised by terrorism.  However, he never refuted his original policy.  At a recent Capitol Hill appearance to discuss his legislative agenda, Trump was asked by a reporter if he would “ask Congress to ban all Muslims from entering the country.”  He appeared to hear the question but walked away.

In the 70’s, Rob Reiner played Archie Bunkers son-in-law on “All in the Family.”  That T.V. show repeatedly address racism.  Recently Rob Reiner pointed out: “It doesn’t matter whether you are discriminating against a black person or a Muslim or a Latino or a Jew.  If you are comfortable with the fact that there are groups who hate Muslims, hate Jews, hate Latinos, hate women, if you are comfortable with having those groups support you, and you don’t in a forceful way say, this is not part of who I am, then you are basically the Jewish police at the Warsaw Ghetto.

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