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.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Fighting A Revolution

Zephyr Teachout  has asked us to share the following article that she wrote and was published in the “Boston Globe”.  The following is an excerpt from that article: 
“Firing Comey may be the most Trump-like thing Trump has done: His campaign, his rhetoric, it is all about destroying the legitimacy of government institutions.  He rails against courts, but he cannot fire judges; he rails against senators, but he cannot fire them, either.  Most of the time, he uses words; this week, he used action.  He fired the most powerful fireable man in the country, without good reason.  He struck with one blow to turn the FBI into an political institution.  As we’ve seen with the Supreme Court, once an institution becomes fundamentally political it is hard to turn back.
“Republicans in Congress have been anxiously sitting on the fence for four months, trying to decide whether Trump has gone too far, and they should flee from him.  But running away from him — as with all leaders with dictatorial tendencies — is dangerous; he will not hesitate to use whatever tools he has to punish those who are disloyal.  So instead of leaving him, they use complex sentences that call out, ‘Not yet, not yet!’  His firing ‘raises questions,’ and we ‘might’ need an independent investigation.  These are the cowards with enormous power over the future of our country.
“This may be bigger than Russia, bigger than the health care repeal, bigger than tax laws, because it attacks the heart of the promise of America: a nation ruled by laws and reason, a thoughtful, human nation.  We fought a revolution to free ourselves from arbitrary power and the whims of a monarch.  We now must fight a new revolution to protect it.”
As I recall Senator Bernie Sanders claimed our political process needed a revolution.  I find the word offensive, so the “Our Revolution” crowd “can count me out.”  Those word are from a song by the Beatles, that is entitled “Revolution.”  The words were written by John Lennon regarding the Vietnam War protests.


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