Victory of Failure

Victory of Failure:  Since 2010 the number one Republican priority for the Obama Presidency was America’s failure. The new black President was hated so much that Republicans were willing to see the entire country suffer rather allow a black man to succeed, smugly reasoning voters would forget who caused the suffering and blame failure on the Presidency. The Republicans voted for nothing and against everything, offered no alternatives and suggested no improvements. Republicans voted against economic recovery, against unemployment support, against new job development, against healthcare reform, against immigration reform, against lowering tuition costs, against financial reform, against climate controls, against veteran medical reform, the list of negative votes goes on and on. The Republican House of Congress submitted the least amount of legislation of any congress in U.S. History, while voting for the repeal of Obamacare fifty times. Instead of working for America, the Republican agenda was to malign and misinform, lie and ignore accusations, obstruct and defund. To steal elections, Republicans restricted the voting rights of almost sixteen million Americans, most of whom would have voted for Democratic opponents. Scandal mongering, bigotry, intolerance and white supremacy were held to be Republican ideals; no compromise rather than allow progress, Republican political policy. Republicans got Scotus to make big money into free speech to scream Obama was another word for lost white power. Ebola and ISIS were meshed into fear of immigrants and terrorism on the home front. 37% of the voting public went to the poles. The lowest voter turnout since 1942. Never in the history of this great nation has one political party condemned the entire country to failure in order to win back political power, thus we dine on the grapes of wrath while Republicans celebrate a glorious Pyrrhic victory. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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Can abortion be an act of love?

Can abortion be an act of love?

Abortion can be said to show that humans have made progress rising above their base animal instinct to replicate. Throughout history millions of women have aborted billions of pregnancies for reasons of health, social demands, and economic sanctions. Abortion has always been commonplace, accepted, and easily facilitated. The bible never mentions abortion. Not until recently, when religious zealots saw the political power of the issue has abortion become of public interest. Despite how antiabortionists demonize it, abortion has historically never been considered inhumane, tragic or selfish. Only with the sudden religious upsurge of so-called “Christian” values has abortion been condemned, demonized and ostracized. And to make matters worse, not until abortion was made into a power issue was abortion stigmatized as immoral or an act of murder. In fact the very idea of considering abortion as the murder of young children is disgustingly a demagogic instrument of political voter herding. Through constant religious and political propaganda, abortion has become the cause celeb false argument to persuade the ignorant to give money for a false cause. Clear logic, minus nouveau religious-political beliefs, clearly shows abortion is a human necessity. Abortion is about women’s health not about zygotes. Abortion is not about pain to unborn. Zygote fanatics who really cared about pain would praise abortion. No, abortion is all about religious-political power, about primitive intolerance, and an immoral justification for selfishness. Restrictions to contraception increase abortions. Restrictions to abortion mean quack doctors, poisonous medications, and self-mutilation. Current restrictions endanger the health of nine out of every ten women. A woman’s health is absolutely essential to herself and to her family. Necessary abortions are good for a woman and show her love for her family. Instead of blindlessly following our animal instincts to replicate, every woman must be able to make her own decisions about what is best for her own health. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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Go To Jail Free Card

Go To Jail Free Card: A forty-nine year old day-care custodian, paid $7.25 an hour for the only job available, to which she walks five miles a day, taking her child to school along the way, was arrested for a string of traffic tickets where road-blocks discovered she had no license and no insurance. Unable to pay the traffic fines, the mother was sentenced to two years probation with a $200 fee per month for “supervision.” Scraping to pay the monthly supervision fee, including all of her income-tax refund, and after lost hours at work made her late in fee payments, additional fines continued until in her debt was in the thousands. Reduced to renting a room to a border with dementia, stuffing holes in her house walls with towels due to foundation movement, then out of work due to cost cutting, and with no prospects for employment, the forty-nine year old mother of a school age child faced jail time over a “supervision” debt incurred to private corporation employed by the public court. Pitched as a revenue source for local municipalities, Private Court Services tries petty cases serving also as a barrier to public indignation and a way to milk millions out of those living in dire poverty. Called “Offender Funded Justice,” the privatized court system––now operating nationwide––is inculcating abuse and corruption into the American system of justice. Like the infamous debtors courts and indentured labor system of colonial times, fees, fines and costs pile up faster than a laborer can pay off the initial debt. Systematic enslavement, privatizing jail time, indentured serfdom; all different names throughout history for the same nasty trick of allowing private enterprise to make a profit out of other people’s misery. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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Poverty is essential to wealth.

Poverty is essential to wealth. Poverty exists because Conservatives have confined poverty to culturally invisible cheap labor concentration camps. Conservatives accomplish this detention by labeling poverty as personal failure; the poor are poor because they have failed not to be poor. Failure is their own fault. Conservatives justify failure by selling themselves on the self-serving notion that the road to prosperity is through education and the social myth that education is available to everybody. In reality, a good education is available to those who can afford it and a better education is available to those few who can afford a better education. Conservatives claim poverty is no excuse for low grades, but in reality, poverty is the major the reason for poor grades. Conservatives claim test scores prove achievement, but in reality, test scores correlate directly to wealth. Conservatives reason that money spent on poor schools yields nothing but poor performance, so why waste money on failure? But again, in reality, success proves that money determines performance, and because the poor are expected to fail, lack of effort not poverty is produced as evidence. Wealth determines family assistance, tutoring, a positive home, family and neighborhood environment, access to good schools and good teachers, adequate nourishment, help with homework, avoidance of gangs, distractions, dope and dangers, access to extra curricular activities, equipment, musical instruments, funding for trips and rewarding life experiences. Poor neighborhoods do not have home ownership, tended lawns, gentrified housing, bike lanes, jogging paths, yoga classes, and children in painted crosswalks. Without jobs, parents, pride, or privilege, the poor start out in a hole, redlined, zip-coded, and invisibly barb-wired with do-not-enter, not allowed, and “what are you on my street?” mentality. Poverty is at the bottom of a titled field of competition, fettered with higher costs and fewer resources. Adversity may motivate a few to overcome poverty, but in reality lack of equal opportunity drags everyone and everything it touches down with it.  Prosperity is not hard work but a matter of inherited wealth; wealth-building contacts, support, environment, and resources. Talent and perseverance help––but most success is simply a matter wealth or luck. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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Criticism instead of Cowboyism

Criticism instead of Cowboyism:  Good nations need organizing principles like, “Don’t do stupid stuff.” It is incredible how we can get it wrong so often: Ike backed CIA regime change that brought us the Ayatollahs. Kennedy’s Bay of Pigs almost went nuclear. Johnson methodically sold Vietnam escalation. Nixon turned Latin America against the U.S. ousting Allende in Chile while ignoring genocide in Cambodia. Reagan armed Saddam and then Bush disarmed him destabilizing the entire Middle East. Under Reagan, Cheney warmed the Middle East was a tar patch. Rumsfeld insisted Iraq would be a “cake walk. Along side Bush, Cheney made billions off war profiteering. Just yesterday Tweedle Dee John McCain wanted to “bomb, bomb, bomb Iran. His verbal partner, Tweedle Dum Lindsay Graham has called for regime changes on demand. While Rick Perry is hunting Islamists infiltrating the Mexican border and Rand Paul is performed eye surgery in Guatemala to present his international bona fides on foreign policy, Obama is mocked by sideline peashooters as hesitant and vacillating. It’s a mistake to dismiss caution as weakness. How long do we keep on making mistakes mouthing off without deliberation? The Middle East is a tar pit. Fighting over there instead of over here still kills Americans, creates Islamic martyrs and escalates future danger. Cheney and Bush broke it and we can’t fix it with firepower. The American guns shipped Middle East allies are being sold to the enemy to kill American soldiers. Cowboy hock and owe is political shuck and jive when used to resolve problems. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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Better off today than six years ago

Better off today than six years ago:  10 million new jobs have been added since the Great Republican Recession lost 2 million in 2009; 54 months of the longest private sector growth streak in American history. Autoworkers are assembling almost 800,000 more cars and trucks in America each month than in 2009. Business is exporting $70 billion more than importing each month compared to 2009. Home building is running 50,000 more starts each month than in 2009. The retail economy has risen every year for the past five years and American consumers are spending $170 billion more each month than in 2009. Everything is not perfect. Business is not reinvesting consumer spending into creating new jobs at the same level of 2009. Instead corporations are raking in greater profits, passing profits on to wealthy investors, hiding money made in America in foreign markets, all the while paying less taxes than the average store clerk. Economic growth is reaching levels not seen since the 1990s, but business is waiting for more Republican tax breaks to top off what is now the world’s greatest corporate welfare system.  And, while things are definitely better than six years ago––not to mention better fuel economy, greener construction, and alternative energy that pays its way–– college graduates can no longer find jobs that will start them up the economic ladder of success. Instead of buying a new home and auto, today’s young families face huge student loan debts as yesterdays mortgage schemers charge outrageous rates for higher learning. “Better off now,” is the result of continued slow but steady growth. Just like in the nineteen fifties. “Better off now than six years ago” was brought to you by progressive leadership despite billions campaigned to defeat it. But government can only do so much. Business ethics have to change or stagnation is the future for everyone. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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Why are Republicans in Congress afraid to act?

Why are Republicans in Congress afraid to act?  In August, 2013, the President asked Congress to approve bombing chemical weapons in Syria. Congress did not debate the issue and did not offer any solutions, it simply did not respond. Fortunately for the world, the State Department negotiated the peaceful removal and destruction of these weapons of mass destruction. What if ISIS had gotten hold of chemical weapons. Over the past year, Republican members of Congress have repeatedly taken to the press the idea that the President should initiate military action against Syria, rising terrorism, ISIS, and Libya, while at the same time other Republicans were railing against a tyrannical presidency that waged war without Congressional consent. Why doesn’t Congress act? Why doesn’t Congress suggest warring on increased terrorism? Why doesn’t Congress wage war on ISIS? Why does Congress want the President to act on military emergency matters that are the prerogative of Congress? Republicans want war, but don’t want to be caught asking for war. Republican senators and representatives are constantly telling the President to bomb Russia, bomb Syria, and bomb ISIS, but they don’t want to be caught formally war mongering to the American public. House Speaker Boehner says he is too busy doing nothing. His job, he says, is to wind up the Monkey Clapper. Why doesn’t the Republican House have an opinion on ISIS? Why do House Republicans grumble about Obama’s weak response to Putin invading the Ukraine, but won’t take a stand themselves? Why are Republicans trying to make everyone else responsible for their own congressional shortcomings?

Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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