Nationwide hate comes out of the closet with black president: Under GW Bush the US averaged about 140 hate groups each year; levels similar to those of the past few decades. Under America’s first black president, hate groups and anti-government groups have exploded across the continent. Each year for the past eight years over a thousand hate groups have been openly operating to bring about a return to the radical right with racist messages across the public domain. Hate groups––Anti-Black KKK, Racist Skin Heads, White Nationalists, Black Separatists, Neo Nazis, Neo Confederate, Christian Identity and Anti-LGBT––are those groups who believe and practice demonizing, and attacking entire classes of people. Extremists are coming out of the closet at alarming levels fomenting racist violence, poisoning the public mind with intolerance, and plotting domestic terrorism. As Radical Right violence continues to plaque the US, extremists have moved out of localized organizations and taken to the Internet. Blog groups are able to say anything without recourse or the need to prove assertions in order to agitate the public and control public opinion. Over 800 of these same hate groups espouse an anti government agenda including armed militias, hoarding of guns and ammunition, and fomenting the sort of violence found in recent gun massacres. The hate was always there. America has not solved its race problems. American voters may have given Obama two terms as President, but the backlash voice of the Radical Right is louder and stronger than ever. When police kill blacks radicals blame that black man in the oval office, and when blacks kill white police; whose fault is it? You got it, the black President. Until Radical Right racists learn tolerance America will never be free of hate. As Newt Gingrich pointed out Rudy Giuliani is just a white guy who cannot understand the black experience in America. Giuliani’s expectations are based on his own upbringing. He has never known what it is like to constantly have to apologize for the color of your skin. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Gun owners buying guns to protect themselves against us. Thirty years ago when guns owners were polled about why they bought guns the answer they gave was for hunting. Today, gun owners overwhelmingly say they buy guns for protection. When asked from whom they want to protect themselves, gun owners overwhelmingly say a government takeover. Who are these gun owners afraid of? Gun owners believe non-gun owners are the enemy. Gun owners are buying more guns to protect themselves from a government take over by non-gun owners like us. We are all the government, you and I, yes and gun owners too, but gun owners, whipped up by the NRA, see themselves as the victims, the persecuted minority, and they are buying guns to tell us they are ready to kill us to defend their toys. Today America owns more guns than any other country in the world. Yet, today, fewer American citizens are gun buyers than thirty years ago. Then how could there be more guns being purchased than ever before? Because most gun owners now own many guns; more automatic weapons, more assault weapons, more weapons used for war, more high-volume firing weapons, and stockpiles of ammunition. Most people who die in gun violence are innocent victims. Who are the people killing innocent Americans? The answer isn’t foreign terrorists. More than thirty thousand Americans are killed every year Americans with guns. Over the last few decades America has witnessed gun massacres and multiple killings by gun violence on a scale comparable to the terrorist bombings in Iraq. But while Americans poll 80% for gun safety restrictions, why aren’t we marching on the streets for gun safety as a civil right? Isn’t “Life” as important as “Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness?” Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA
Never confabulate good instincts with religious dogma: Love, joy, peace, gentleness, meekness, kindness, patience and self-control are good human characteristics to promote. They appeal to our better instincts for how to conduct our lives in a worthwhile manner. Good instincts, however, should never be confused with religious dogma on how to achieve life after death or forgiveness for sins, and absolutely never for understanding how the world works. In other words, anyone who promotes the use of good instincts should never be confused with his or her religious beliefs based on dogma. Faith in a higher power causing rain to fall should never be confused with convection. Healing a sickness or injury has everything to do with medicine and little or nothing to do with prayer. Humans are homo or heterosexual because their cells create them that way. The idea of praising the speaking of kindness, while at the same time unkindly condemning homosexuality because it is against religious dogma, is two-faced, hypocritical and deliberate ignorance. Our bodies are created with built-in involuntary responses that we call instincts. We can train our instincts so that good character prevails, but confabulating facts with faith leads only to confusion. Religious dogma was created and sustained as a simple and easy way of dealing with the difficult mysteries of life. Never confuse someone whose moral instincts are grounded in good, but who confabulates religious dogma with sound reasoning. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Indifference is a face of evil: Why did fifty people die in the Orlando massacre? Fact: They were killed by massive injuries due to shots fired by a weapon of war, easily obtainable, with the automatic, large volume ammunition capability of mass murder without intervention. Suppositions: A. They were killed by American terrorism. B. They were killed by a mentally ill person. C. They were killed by an anti-homosexual radical. Prayers for those killed won’t help the dead. Expressions of sorrow will not affect mass murders, now at their highest level in the history of the nation. Legislation regarding the mentally ill, anti-terrorism, or anti-civil rights will not stop the mass killing of innocent people. On the other hand, belief in a fairytale description of the Amendment is equivalent to believing in the tooth fairy, and as such contributes to cultural indifference. Just because a lot of loud Americans believe such a fairytale not only doesn’t make it true, it shows how selfish people can be when it comes to protecting their toys. And spouting nonsense about “taking away our guns,” is exactly what it has always been, nonsense. The only factual common denominator in all mass shootings––all killing by guns, all suicides by gun, and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans every decade––is the availability of guns. The only common fact of all American deaths by gun violence is the easy access to guns. The only common evil of all Americans is their indifference to gun safety. For make no mistake, indifference is a face of evil. Why did fifty people die in Orlando massacre? Because Americans are culturally indifferent to death. Gun massacres happen because we allow evil to exist. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Have you no shame? When kings reigned supreme, nobility was considered divine countenance. Social class was obviously the natural order of things. Everything had its place. But, inevitably everything changes. In fact, change is the natural order of things. Nevertheless, the idea of change is a real threat to those to whom change would mean losing special privileges. A woman running for President, according to “The sky is falling,” Chicken Little, O’Reilly, will result in disaster. Golda Meir, Margaret Thatcher, and Indira Gandhi, notwithstanding, the Republican War on Women is a good example of what traditionalists think of female capabilities. No wonder Trump has a solid block of Americans supporting his buffoonery. No wonder top Republicans are saying, “just because I vote for Trump, doesn’t mean I agree with him.” Integrity is trotted out by the GOP only when it is not inconvenient. The idea of following your conscience is a Republican excuse for repeating erroneous principles as if repetition makes stupidity acceptable. Voting for Trump, Republicans will tell you, makes just as much sense as, “say no to sex” to avoid pregnancy. How many Republicans will actually vote for Trump? Only each voter will know. All we can ask is, “Have you no shame?
Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Trump voters are America’s “losers:” White males voting for trump––including white females led by them––believe America is being stolen away from them. “We are losing everything,” Trump drills into his audiences. I’ll make America great again. I like the good old days,” he jokes and smiles: “I will bring back jobs and safeguard your hard work.” But most of Trump’s voters are already better off than average. To them what America has lost is that in the past white males had more status, more privileges, and more security. They believe Democrats have been giving away white privileges to blacks, Latinos, and women…for votes! Trump supporters hate Obamacare. White males already had good medical coverage. Trump voters want cheap prices for consumer products, but expect high pay and all the incentives for the same work at home. Trump voters want law and order in the streets, not justice. Trump voters want women as sex objects, paid what the market can bear, and quiet for a change. Trump supporters aren’t afraid of risking America’s economy or defense by voting for a self-promoting carnival con man as long as he promises to make white privilege important again. The proof that white males feel they are losing everything was clearly evident when they were willing to vote for Sarah Palin. Trump is appealing to white American males who want back what they had before they had to share it with all Americans. Lost white privilege is the base of America’s losers. To Trump, however, you gotta remember; promises are negotiable, just part of the deal. Like any good businessman all Trump really cares about is the bottom line, making Trump richer. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Anti-Abortion a Failed Belief: “Anti-Abortion campaigns do not reduce the number of abortions, but access to birth control does.” To teach young people to act responsibly, spare the whip of false beliefs and provide the tools for proper behavior. World Health Organization research over the past twenty-four years shows that laws to halt abortion do not work. In the US, states with the most anti-abortion laws the rate of abortions has increased since such laws were passed. In states that promoted access to contraction, abortion rates have continued to fall. Feel-good religious beliefs used to instill fear and whip human behavior are a miserable failure. Instead, halting abortion lies in providing reasonable access to birth control and planned parenthood. Fear of punishment in a fantasy afterlife are nonproductive compared to providing protection for normal, healthy human behavior. Those who want to kill Planned Parenthood are not so much interested in halting abortion as they are in being mindlessly herded in whispering campaigns led by false prophets. Planned parenting is a human right. Those who would subject human rights to inhuman beliefs are just as evil as the evil picture they paint of planned parenting. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.