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.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Questioning Legitimacy

Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis told NBC News' Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press”: "I don't see this President-elect as a legitimate president.  I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected.  And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.  You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong."

Lewis was an ally of Martin Luther King Jr., and he was brutally beaten by police in Selma, Alabama, in 1965 while marching for civil rights.  The Georgia Democrat announced, that he would not take part to an inauguration for the first time since his election to Congress in 1987.

Trump responded by calling Lewis "all talk" and "no action" and saying he should focus more on "fixing and helping" his district rather than "complaining" about the Russia's role.

"Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results.  All talk, talk, talk - no action or results.  Sad, which happened to fall on the weekend of the King federal holiday.”

Actually, the congressional district that Rep. John Lewis represents isn’t in horrible shape or crime infested. 

John Lewis remarks were indeed an astonishing rebuke of a President-elect, by a sitting member of Congress toward an incoming President.   However, Trump actually launched his political career by questioning the legitimacy of President Barack Obama's presidency by repeatedly suggesting he wasn't born in the United States.

For five years, Donald Trump repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of the nation’s first black president, by insisting that he was not a natural-born citizen.

Dozens of other elected officials threw their support behind Lewis, by announcing that they too, would boycott Trump’s inauguration.


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