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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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Justice and Compassion

Chuck Pinkey claimed: “Trump loves America, he is proud of her, and he intends on making decisions that favor her, not other nations.”

America isn’t a woman, who is worthy of being unconditionally loved.  Many Christian conservatives understand that patriotism requires we love and respect each other.  They remember that simply following a leader, who waves a national flag has been proven to be a formula for dictatorships not a democracy.  Some Christian conservatives, that voted for Republican candidates seem to lack compassion to the point of being cruel.

If we as a nation, have any claim to superiority, it comes from our ability to act according to moral principles, guided by justice and compassion.

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

That document pledges to provide opportunity for every American.  And, our most fortunate citizens are expected to pay higher taxes. Our sacred Honor demands, that certain inalienable rights be imparted to all citizens.  Both black citizens and police officers lives matter.  Religious, and racial minorities, as well as the LGBT community need to be protected.  The sick, elderly, disabled, mentally ill, and veterans must receive adequate healthcare.  Also, marriage equality, equal pay, abortion rights, a first class public education for every child, and free tuition at public colleges is understood.

Former slave Frederick Douglass insisted: “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.”






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