Trumpian incivility.

Trumpian incivility.  What can we say except to apologize to our British and European allies for the immature babble of baby-idiot. Trump has shamed what it means to be an American. Trump has proven America can elect a wannabe dictator like Trump who traitorously choses Putin and Russia over his own government. Trump has proven that Republicans are willing to sell their moral code for a tax cut and conservative SCOTUS.  Trump has degraded women, maligned disabled soldiers, despised hard-working blacks, and turned a cold heart toward starving immigrants, and he has done so shamelessly, relentlessly and remorselessly. Trump as pummeled decency, civility, truth, honor and made a veritable mockery of the “American way of life.” Trump belittles, slanders, and denigrates anyone who questions him at every opportunity, and then lies to cover his lies with more lies.  Trump spews hate in speeches, twitters, and random rants, blatantly inflaming passions instead of reason. Trump is an ignorant, uncultured, base-motivated, crass individual with little regard for all Americans, who constantly praises other national leaders exerting total control of their own people. Trump has used his office like a Nazi dictator and Fox news like a Nazi propaganda machine to promote hate, distrust, and misinformation. Trump has a blatant disregard for long-enduring institutions like freedom of the press and human rights and has used all his power to sabotage highly-regarded long-standing American institutions like the FBI and American intelligence.  Trump obstructs justice and casts aspersions as quickly and easily as breathing. Trump not only boasts that he personifies his disgusting traits, Trump’s followers revel in his disreputable, nasty disposition. There has been a noticeable lowering under Trump of civil liberties as exemplified by Fox.  Sean Hannity blaming Congresswoman Maxine Waters for gun massacre violence.  Ann Coulter’s no evidence claim that crying immigrant children are “Child Actors.”  Radical Yiannopoulos: “I can’t wait for the vigilante squads to start gunning journalists down.” There is an obvious odor emanating from for such flagrantly indecent behavior. Trump has set the bar in the toilet for American society. Trump tweets, Fox repeats, and from their minions lies, innuendos, and falsehoods morph into the truthiness of propagandized repetition. Let it be established beyond any reasonable doubt that Trump is responsible for lowering the standard of America’s incivility. When Trump tweets hate with sincere regularity, it’s no wonder those surrounding him compete for cheap notoriety. When Trump degrades, the dishonorable and indecent simply praise Trump’s audacity. America has been infected with the disease of incivility, a highly contagious and easily spread disease that flourishes among those who need to be noticed to feel important. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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Would you buy a car from Trump?

July 11, 2018

Letters to the Editor:

Would you buy a car from Trump?

All politicians shade the truth to some degree.  But Trump’s lies and misleading statements—from campaign to White House—have constantly undermined reality with fake news, according to Pulitzer Prize winner and PolitiFact editor Angie Drobnic Holan. “Never before has a major, national-level politician so misled the public.  Trump’s immigration policy defense is a prime example of Trump distorting facts to create his own fake news reality, meanwhile ‘stoking anger’ among his base.  Trump keeps repeating lies. “The Democrats are responsible for the separation of families at the border.” And Trump’s repeated false claims are blatantly untrue,” said Drobnic Holan. “Lying creates an alternate reality and keeps everyone from seeing the real problems. We never get to the real issues because we’re too busy arguing what’s real.  Since Trump makes misleading statements every day from morning to night on social media, daily Trump fake news distractions suck up all the available space for normal issue discussion. Whole media cycles go by with Trump repeating and restating things that aren’t true. Fake news used to be hoaxes and conspiracy theories that were obvious distortions.  This year, however, the U.S. government charged 13 Russian individuals and three Russian companies with interfering in the 2016 election process in a broad plot that involved the proliferation of disinformation on Facebook and other social media platforms.”  (Whatever reasons, you decide,) “Trump keeps repeating over and over again that Russia did not interfere in his election, that Putin is a good guy and wouldn’t never do such a thing, and the investigation is nothing but a witch hunt.” Trump is actively and openly lying to undermine the revered Justice system with a deluge of fake news that can’t be easily corrected. Trump demands loyalty from subordinates and fires them for telling the truth. Trump false assertions, obstruct government officials doing their job by investigating Russian involvement essentially sabotaging the investigation with the help of the Fox Administration propaganda machine.  The combination of Trump and Fox propaganda have become a potent weapon in the Trump administration’s campaign to confuse reality. Truth is often nothing more than the word of who has the most money, speaks most often, and shouts the loudest.

Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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Trump the child abuser, baby jailer, infant snatcher!

Trump the child abuser, baby jailer, infant snatcher!  Trump has added a new string of epithets to his long line of disgraceful behavior; Child Abuser, Baby Jailer, and Infant Snatcher. As Trump tries to shift blame for his “Zero Tolerance” immigrant policy’s that separates immigrant children from their parents, we are once again reminded of Trump’s own image as an inconsiderate social degenerate. Donald Trump is a product of the abuse of freedom.  He is not an American driven by a vision of public service, but rather a consequence of greedy non-regulatory capitalism. Donald Trump is a primate baboon leader, a dominance-type who wanted to be President just to have shown to him the respect he felt he deserved. The election campaign gave Donald Trump the glory of outshining professional political rivals and the power to push people around without beholding to facts and fair play. Winning the Presidency gave Donald Trump nothing.  He is still the same self-centered, child-like prevaricator operating solely to climb the ladder of social status. The wonder is how many Republicans literally sold their souls for a tax cut and after a year of post-coital displays of anger and angst can be found out playing golf with the HairDo. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, Ca.

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America’s New Aristocracy.

America’s New Aristocracy.  My generation was supposed to raise up all Americans to a better opportunity.  Instead we rigged the system to protect ourselves as winners. Fifty years ago, the most talented baby boomers used their ingenuity to gain control of the economy.  They were smart, hungry strivers who achieved the best jobs and succeeded in an upward mobility system guided by merit.  Once in the driver’s seat, however, instead of reaffirming the benefits of meritocracy, this aristocracy of corporate nouveau riche began to consolidate their winnings, outsmart government controls, and close off the economic ladder so few could challenge their primacy. Reengineering the political landscape with battalions of lawyers, they watered down regulations and surrounded themselves with a “moat” of legal protection from accountability. Through use of due process guaranteed by the first amendment these achievers overpowered government officials, bought off legislators with funding, and wrote new laws that said corporations had a voice In government. Employing a 20 to 1 ratio of corporate lobbyists to every legislator, they watered down regulations, rewrote the new law recommendations and got them adopted, and buried the government opposition in legal paperwork. Meantime over the past fifty years, wages stagnated, manufacturing closed down, jobs fled overseas, and investment policy turned sharply inward to the short term returns.  Unprotected worker’s lost their confidence in government, unions, and traditional pathways of employment.  When the market fell in 2008, worker savings were devastated, mortgage equity dried up and unemployment mirrored the Great Depression. Meanwhile, the same corporations who’s excess risks caused the market downfall persuaded government that big banks could not afford to fail, that no was at fault and nobody went to jail. The result is a divided nation of those who don’t need government who sabotage recovery and safety because it diminishes profits, and which promotes the American ideal that everyone should fend for themselves. The winners were well protected and the workers left unprotected thus setting the stage of an angry nation and the election of Trump.  Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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Trump announces he is above the law.

Trump announces he is above the law.

On Saturday, June 2, 2018, the New York Times published information from a letter that had been sent by Trump’s attorneys to the Special Counsel’s (Mueller) Office. In the letter, Trump’s legal team asserted that Trump not only cannot be prosecuted for obstruction of justice, but that it’s impossible for Trump to obstruct.

And should Trump not act quickly enough to prevent the start of an investigation, he can always act retroactively by pardoning anyone caught up in its findings.

Trump need not even respond to a request for an interview by the Special Counsel. Or a subpoena from the grand jury. Or … anything at all.  Trump is utterly exempt from legal actions.

The letter focused on Trump’s ability to shrug off the Russia investigation. Trump’s latest public representative, Rudy Giuliani, went forth to clarify the limits of Trump’s legal authority. Giuliani made clear … there aren’t any limits of Trump’s legal authority.

Trump is not only immune from providing testimony, but Trump is completely above legal recourse. Trump can do anything he wants.

“In no case can he be subpoenaed or indicted,” claiming a president’s constitutional powers are that broad. I don’t know how you can indict while he’s in office. No matter what it is. Trump could have shot James Comey, rather than firing him, and it still couldn’t have led to an indictment.”

The published statement is a declaration of Trump’s lawyers is not just anti-American, but exceeds the authority of most monarch for centuries.

Trump isn’t quoting “originalist” perception of the power of the executive. Trump is comparing his friends Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, Recep Erdoğan of Turkey, Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-un.  Like the world’s strongmen, Trump is declaring that he’s more than just a titular leader. His power is without bounds.

Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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Americans are dying to own a gun.

Americans are dying to own a gun.  US life expectancy has fallen over the past few years to the lowest among wealthy nations due to gun violence, drug use and disease, according reports from major researchers including the Center for Disease Control.  Not only do Americans live shorter lives than people in their peer countries, but they suffer more violent deaths.  Researchers say the violence is due to the widespread possession of firearms and the practice of storing them at home in unlocked places. Not since the flu epidemic in 1918 has life expectancy dropped so dramatically.  Among the major nations of the world, Americans have the lowest chance of surviving to age 50. The U.S. ranks 31st in life expectancy globally, behind Costa Rica. The National Rifle Association has not commented about the reports. Gun-rights advocates always fight any suggestion that firearms ownership has public health implications, and they continue to win cuts in the government’s budget despite the increasingly high cost to taxpayers of gun violence. At least one-quarter of the US life expectancy loss is due to homicides, involving firearms, and occurring among ages 15 to 24 years old.        Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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Immigration Reform is a Republican crumpled beer can.

Immigration Reform is a Republican crumpled beer can.  The Republican Party will never reform immigration. To Republican leaders IR is an electoral wedge issue to be used for political gain not change. There will be no Republican “reform” policy, not anything that resembles “reform,” regardless of any Republican promises­­––guaranteed. Last week a small group of Republicans—”Most representing swing districts with significant Latino constituencies, or retiring from the House,” —who seemed rebellious, casting for votes on the House floor on immigration reform. They were using a “discharge petition” parliamentary technique to get a majority to overrule the Speaker, seemingly to force a vote. Well, Paul Ryan would have none of it. “Having a spectacle that results in a veto solves no problem. We want to solve the DACA problem.”  But Ryan doesn’t. There may be some Republican lawmakers with some sympathy for young people brought here as children who have done everything right yet face deportation. Trump has even talked about how he’ll treat terrific kids with compassion. But Trump cancelled the DACA program. And Trump has complained of so many immigrants from “shithole countries,” arguing “we should have more people from Norway.” Trump chief of staff, John Kelly, says, “undocumented immigrants are not people that easily assimilate into the United States modern society.” A bigoted president and ignorant advisors prove Republicans will never reform immigration, even in return for the grand funding of Trump’s border wall for DREAMER protection.  After the 2012 election, the Party huddled. “We must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform. If we do not, our party’s appeal will continue to shrink to its core constituencies. The Republican Party is one of tolerance and respect, and we need to ensure that our message is reflective of these core principles.” Then Donald Trump came along and the Republicans were back to kicking immigration reform down the street like a crumpled beer can.  In 2015 Republicans were dancing carefully around immigration.  The base didn’t like anything characterized as “amnesty” for illegal immigrants, but the Party needed to look reasonable and moderate for the general election.  Trump could see the rancid poison swirling about voters’ id. “Forget the broad electorate,” said Trump.  “The road to victory is paved with hate and fear.” Trump offered the Republican Party a leader of unadorned white nationalism. It got him the presidency. After that, do you think any Republican would be foolish enough to propose comprehensive immigration reform and expect to win over the party’s base?  Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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