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.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

America’s Upper Class

I THINK, that we should read the Declaration of Independence, which July 4th. celebrates.  I’m proud of my American heritage, because it goes back to the beginning of our country.  My great grandmother was Julia Livingston, a direct decedent of Robert Livingston.  During the Second Continental Congress, he was one of five committee members; the others being Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Roger Sherman, who helped draft the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
Preamble to out Declaration of Independence announced: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” 

After 1776, America’s upper class began voting for politicians to represent them in Congress and the White House, who believed only literate, white, male, land owners were endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.

Voters elected President Andrew Jackson, who pushed through the Indian Removal Act.  He overruled the Supreme Court, and tens of thousands of Indians were forcibly removed from the South.  The Trail of Tears was the forcible relocation of Native Americans, from their homelands to Indian Territory.  Many of them suffered from exposure, disease, and starvation while en route to their destinations.

At the Democratic National Convention, Senator Cory Booker pointed out: “Patriotism is love of country.  But you can’t love your country without loving your countrymen and your countrywomen.  Now, we don’t always have to agree, but we must be there for each other, we must empower each other, we must find the common ground, and we must build bridges across our differences to pursue the common good.”

Our Declaration of Independence concluded: “we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”


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