America is burning

America is burning

The beacon shining on the hill is fading.

Lady Liberty hangs her head. Greater profits

Kindle fires of destructive government, while

Wealth has Reform under constant threat.

 

Decades of protective regulations are destroyed

In the name of harmful employment;

National monuments up for sale

To the quick buck and cheap paycheck.

 

An inveterate liar pollutes the White House,

Tarnishes the office of the President;

Ten million dreams subverted by unfounded fears,

Propaganda strangles, truth asphyxiates.

 

Steeped in fake news, too many

Tire of shouldering a heavy load, find fault

In generosity, turn away the needy,

Finding solace in unfounded evidence.

 

We are all lesser for government control

In hands which would sell our liberty

for the price of profits. Money should

Never be the greatness of a nation.

Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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“See No Evil” enables evi

“See No Evil” enables evil: If something inconveniences profits, Trump doesn’t want to hear about it. Jobs mean ignoring harmful burning coal and other fossil fuels and disbanding greenhouse gas analysis and throwing away their findings. Trump wants to bring back the coal industry. Coal mining and burning kills people. Support Trump’s jobs and you support their evil consequences. “Employees who want jobs,” taunts a smug Trump, “must live with health problems.” Don’t expect Trump to care about American workers when profits are at stake. Don’t expect the unemployed to turn down a paycheck no matter the risk. To Trump the Clean Power Plan as anti-jobs, the Consumer Protection Agency as anti-jobs, and Climate Change a Chinese hoax to steal US jobs, regardless that Mar-a-Lago is sinking in Florida saltwater. Trump has called Keystone protests anti-jobs, the Affordable Care Act a job killer, indeed every government regulation as limiting jobs. Do we really need jobs that harm people? Are corporations so special their profits are above the law? Profits have no ethics, no morals, no accountability. Trump wants to sell attack planes to African genocide-dealing rebels, tanks to Middle Eastern fringe groups, and arm both India and Pakistan against each other. Without regulations injuries, sickness and earlier deaths make America’s workers pay the ultimate price for “See No Evil” values. Indifference, no matter how you view it, is just another face of evil. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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Trump’s first 100 days of repeated failure

Trump’s first 100 days of repeated failure: In Trump’s words if you don’t win you are a loser: Muslim ban blocked. Obamacare repeal blocked. Border wall blocked. Defunding sanctuary cities blocked. Mexico or Republicans pay to build wall failed. Federal hiring freeze removed after one month. Ban on White House officials becoming lobbyists ignored. No ethics reform legislation to “drain the swamp” in Washington. No term-limits amendment. NAFTA no longer renegotiated. Few Obama programs rescinded. Appeal to Republicans to cut Medicare failed. Appeal to Democrats to save medical cuts in exchange for building wall failed. “American goods only” not used on Keystone. Melania Trump product line gets free entry after dinner for China at Lago. EPA cuts increase worker health problems. Two election staff caught spying for Russia. Temporary Justice Department head to testify against administration. Three cabinet posts declined. Two former security advisers under scrutiny for spying. Jobs saved under Trump planned under Obama. Six million women march in national anti-Trump protest. Two multi-million marchers to expose Trump taxes, immigration reform. Chief Justice rescues self in spying case. Constant verbal vilifying media, courts. Federal Justices slandered by name. Increased fighting in Middle East. Increased US interest in expanding wars Syria, Iraq. Increased and undisclosed troop numbers in Middle East. 59 Tomahawk bombed Syria airbase responsible for gas bombings still in use. Mother of all bombs in Afghanistan of little strategic value. US navy fleet allegedly sent to menace Korea actually in Australia. German Chancellor insulted. Melania Trump booed in Germany. No evidence of unfounded assertion of Obama wiretap. Nationwide open city resistance to federal ICE. Town halls across the nation flooded with protestors. Evidence mounting of Russia’s helping to defeat Clinton in election. Former aides indicted for breaking US laws. O’Reilly, Ales, fired for sex crimes called “good guys” by Trump, the self-admitted pervert. Trump continues to praise strong man, quasi-dictatorships as, “smart guys,” including Putin (Russia), Erdogen (Turkey), Kim Jung-un (N. Korea), and Duterte (Philippines).

Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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Trump teeters on disaster

Trump teeters on disaster: Before Trump was for it, he was against it: Russia, China, Syria, NATO, and CIA. “I’m very capable of changing to anything I want to,” he childishly brags. The point is that change is not because Trump new experiences are changing him; it’s the fact that Trump’s lack of leadership experience and ill-planned policies lead to disaster. Trump’s “mother of all bombs” in Afghanistan achieved nothing but ranking him up there with Saddam Hussein’s mother of all wars in Iraq. Trump’s dump the Washington establishment has been abandoned as appointments are filled with long time bureaucrats. Draft dodger Trump has a Secretary of State who says one thing while Trump says another playing both ends against the middle. Trump is leading from behind as China sets policy for N. Korea; meanwhile petty Trump twitters suck us closer to getting nuked. We have been in constant small wars since the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq. Regardless of promises to say out of foreign wars, given Trump’s need for approval he is more likely to start WWIII than to stop policing the world. Some supporters love Trump’s threats to separate mothers from children to scare immigrants. Some approve of bullying instead of diplomatic cooperation and persuasion. Over all, however, Hoover, Coolidge, Nixon, Bush and now Trump, show a dangerous Republican pattern of choosing losers as leaders. Since 1900 we’ve had eight consecutive Republican recessions and depressions that have proven beyond a doubt that conservatives do not know how to run an economy let alone a government. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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Emperor Trump has no clothes

Emperor Trump has no clothes: Despite rumors, Trump is not revising promises and policies. Trump has no policies based on governance experience. Trump’s gold-plated sales pitches were based on glittering generalities, exaggerations, and falsehoods. Trump never provided details because they don’t exist. Trump’s flip-flopping––China, Russia, Syria, NATO, and the CIA––is not “changing existing policy to meet reality.” Trump is facing what it really means to be president on a daily basis. The problem is Trump is not a good student, does not follow instruction, blurts out when he should think through, operates by trial and error, and has failed on eighty percent of his executive orders. The travel ban on Muslims has been held up in the courts. Repeal and replace failed to get the votes. Syria’s Tomahawked airfield is still flying bombers to gassed cities. The mother of all bombs in Afghanistan accomplished little. Immigrant border crossings were dropping steadily the past two years under Obama. New jobs, Trump has claimed saved, were on the drawing board before Trump was elected. The job market is growing at the same rate as eight years under Obama. Trump’s business experience has interfered not helped to govern, most government posts have not been filled, major replacements pop up daily, and Russia may have helped Trump win the election. Despite Trump promises we don’t have better, cheaper health insurance for everyone. Regulation cuts are held up by courts. Obamacare is thriving in forty-six states, threatened only by Republican House defunding. The US government is not buying “made in the US” steel for the keystone pipeline. Trump is leading from behind China in North Korea. And the Emperor Trump is still full of Stupid Talk: “Changing laws is easy, I promise lower taxes for everyone, I know more than the generals do, stupid politicians make bad deals.” Trump has revealed his naked ineptness. Trump is not changing. Trump never had any presidential clothes.

Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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Distrust is created by confusing opinion with fact

Distrust is created by confusing opinion with fact: Many conservatives believe “the liberal media” equally responsible as conservative media for public distrust. This disastrous conclusion is a result of confusing opinion with fact. “Liberal media” is a deliberately demeaning and misleading opinion.” CBS, NBC, ABC, and CNN, are owned and operated by conservatives. Without conservative business advertising all media would be out of business. The tens of thousands of nationwide news organizations that constitute the free press or mainstream media­­––though owned by conservatives ––are not beholding to any political party. That is why they are called the Free Press. In order to compete against the free press, conservative media (like Fox) created an entertainment style of news based opinion disguised as facts. To promote a conservative agenda, entertainment news (like Fox) demonized competition as “the liberal media.” Disregarding the fact that the mainstream media is controlled by conservative owners, Fox blatantly degraded the tens of thousands of independent journalists and editors as a shadow group (the liberal media) conspiring against conservatives. In the real world reporters who create news are fired. Editors resist special interest and partisan politics. Conservative media, on the other hand, provides only opinion disguised as facts. In the real world it is the tens of thousands of competing new organizations which turn out to be “fair and balanced.” Fox, on the other hand, is on record as providing the least amount of factual information of any so-called news organization. Reports also show that Fox audiences are the least informed, most radicalized, and the most inclined to believe in misinformation. Fox fallacies have been exposed repeatedly, yet the debris from Fox false news campaigns continues to pollute the atmosphere of public belief. Trump got the idea of coining opinion as “alternative facts from Fox.” And it is this campaign to confuse opinion with facts, while demonizing the free press as “liberal,” that has so badly damaged public trust. Creating distrust in the media is sort of like the Walt Disney story of Dumbo the elephant who believed he could fly with the aid of a magic feather. If your audience wants unrealistic dreams to come true, then you disregard giving them facts. You feed them only opinions that support what they want to believe to be true.

Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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Why I am not for “America First.”

Why I am not for “America First.” America First leads to American Nazism. America First is “We are better than you and we will impose our military to back our interests both politically and economically. America First is self-centered, uncooperative relations between superiors and inferiors. America First is a slap in the face to other nations, a declaration that America is special, different and better. America First is self-important, self-righteous, selfish white supremacy, the imposition of religious beliefs, and the insistence that some divinity has a special plan that favors America. America First is not friendship and cooperation, but hate, bigotry, intolerance, greed, and hypocrisy. America First is unchristian, immoral and anti-Democracy. America First a step backward and the ignorant childish belief that someone is always trying to take something from you, trying to cheat and take advantage of you, and that only by putting others down can you stand on your own. America First is the virtue of pride turned into deadly sin. America First is not patriotic, not reverence for things sacred, and not love of country, but a modern version of the infamous the WWII “Deutschland Uber Alles” (Hitler’s Nazi theme of “Germany over all others”). America First is for showoff, thin-skinned, insecure, bullies. America does not have to be the greatest. America is not part of some game which must be won at all costs. American should stand for higher values not higher status. Values do not come from bigness, but from becoming better. America should be a shinning beacon not a warning sign for the fearful. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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