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, January 26, 2017

Harry Barnes

 The following is a letter to the editor of the Oneonta Daily Star, that was submitted for publication by Harry Barnes of East Meredith.
“What we know is based on where we get our information.  Virtual reality TV and inaccurate news can seem to be fact, a dangerous basis for making important decisions. 
“Enter our new president, virtual reality incarnate.  Where President Obama gave us a sense of dignity as Americans by his personal decency and thoughtful statesmanship, thanks to our electoral system, we are now viewed globally as a rude, immoral and irrational nation.  More to our shame some seem proud of this new infamy. 
“Although Obama was not one to brag about his accomplishments (I wish he had), he was and is a decent and rational man of integrity and resolve.  He made me proud to be an American.  President Obama, despite Republican obstructionism, rescued our national economy from The Great Recession, reduced unemployment to its lowest level in over a decade, and for eight years, kept our nation from going to war.
“He also provided health care coverage for millions of Americans that would not have had care otherwise.  There is no survival value in pessimism, so I hope and pray our new president does not start a nuclear war, incite white supremacists to burn our ‘sanctuary’ cities, or bully America into a fascist state.  Since, as he said, he could easily run his worldwide empire and play president at the same time, I guess that’s about all we can hope for.” 


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