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, March 26, 2017

Jen Psaki


Jen Psaki served as the White House communications director and State Department spokeswoman during the Obama administration.

The following is an excerpt of what she wrote regarding Donald Trump's credibility: “He had fibbed about crowd numbers, and pushed crazy conspiracy stories about illegal voters.  But continuing to claim that former President Obama ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower, even after the sitting FBI and NSA directors made clear it was false, was a new low.

“So why does it matter?  The right question isn't whether a President's credibility matters, but what matters more than credibility?

“When a President travels overseas, it is his credibility, as a global leader, as a fair arbiter that can make the difference in getting a deal done.  And it is the credibility of a President that can help pull a few more members of Congress over the finish line to get an important bill passed.

“There are times in every presidency -- whether it is a terrible shooting like the one in Newtown, Connecticut, that killed 20 children, or an attack on our citizens like 9/11 -- when the country looks to the President, of either party, to ease concerns, to tell them it is going to be OK, to bring people together to mourn, to grieve and sometimes to be strong.  That requires credibility and trust.  That is something that is not mandated by an election, but is earned.

“This White House has not faced a crisis yet.  It has created its own, but it has not been challenged as every White House and every President is by events out of their control.  This administration has not been forced to move beyond partisanship and beyond Twitter to comfort grieving parents, to ease fear, to even solve crises in communities like we faced in Flint, Michigan, or with the Gulf Coast oil spill.”

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