Ignorant, confused and angry: “I’ve worked all my life,” say many angry Americans. “The government should not provide healthcare insurance. They are giving our tax money to lazy people.” What these angry people won’t stop to think about is that their own jobs provided them with medical benefits. The Affordable Care Act does not offer health insurance, it offers ACCESS to buying health insurance. The ACA (Obamacare) does not give away tax dollars, it assists the noninsured so they won’t have to use tax dollars in emergency rooms. “Get a second job,” angry people rant not listening to explanations…“move out of the ghetto, get an education, stop hanging around with dysfunctional neighbors…” The litany of white complaints comes from deliberate ignorance. Most poor workers have two or more jobs, cannot quit work for school, can’t find a good job, can’t buy in white neighborhoods, can only afford unreliable public transportation, lack many social resources, and are the last to be hired and the first to be fired. Worst of all they are subjected on a daily basis to disrespect for nothing more than the color of their skin. The angry people are not only acting deliberately ignorant they are constantly being confused by misinformation coming from conservative talk media spewing out propaganda; “blacks are stealing white people’s hard won status.” Ever since anti-segregation laws went into effect, white supremacists have been coming out of the closet to demonize black protesters. The Sheriff of Milwaukee recently tweeted a typical conservative derogatory remark, “Black lies matter,” he derided. “It is their own fault that blacks are part of a dysfunctional culture.” As the Sheriff saluted his conservative white audience, he warned them against protestors listening to “inane political solutions” as if Just Say No would solve every problem.” Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Is Trump the end of the Republican Party? Clinton consistently polls 45% public favorability, the same as Obama did in the fall of 2008. Republicans have spent billions of dollars in propaganda to demonize both Obama and Clinton to distract the public from the fact that Republicans are the do-nothing Party. Republicans have been indoctrinated to think Clinton is disliked as much as Trump. The coming election will show just how far the Republican Party is out of touch with America. Bernie supporters will vote Clinton proving there are not anti-Clinton just pro-Sanders. All women who can think logically will support Clinton taking here well over the top in nationwide voting. The coming election will prove America believes is more important to have a woman in the White House than how many times Republican panels can clear Clinton of Benghazi. Messy emails will be seen as far less important than another Republican Recession under Trump. The baggage of a well-known, highly qualified candidate like Hillary Clinton brings to office will be seen as far less of a problem that the fact that Trump is liable to start WWIII. The business community is firmly behind Clinton and thinks Trump would be a disaster. The military is firmly behind Clinton and the only dorks are those who think women with children can’t make hard choices. Educated Americans see Clinton as a middle of the road candidate with whom everyone has an equal chance of being heard, while Trump is replete with mannerisms that can destroy our society. There has never been as big a contrast in candidates as exists between Clinton and Trump. Once and for all the results of the coming election will show that Trump has tolled the end of the Republican Party’s viability.
During the Great Depression, and for a decade after due to devastating droughts, the idea of government aiding the poor, especially farm workers, was acceptable to the public. With the passage of laws to halt segregation in the 1960s, suddenly welfare became a dirty word. Once blacks became part of the government aid, conservatives began campaigning that welfare was a bad idea. Government handouts––conservatives narrated––created a permanently dependent class and incentivised not working. Hearing this conservative propaganda constantly droned into the public forum through every possible communications format altered the public’s image of welfare. Billions of dollars and Fox TV morphed welfare recipients into “takers not givers,” Romney’s 47% moochers,” despite the fact that poor whites still require the greatest percentage of government assistance expenditures. It was the simple idea that blacks were included that galled conservatives into setting their dogs loose to kill welfare. As long as welfare was for whites, welfare was ok. As long as business got government handouts that was even better. Business was “entitled” to trillions,” but include a refrigerator in a poor black’s slum project and over night entitlements became a threat to civilization. Welfare was once a guilt assuaging “hand out” to the downtrodden. Once welfare became a “hand up” to lift the downtrodden conservatives sent out their converted minions to slam closed the gates of equal opportunity. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
The “good guy with a gun” is a bad defense: The armed law enforcement office on duty at the Orlando massacre could not stop the gunman from killing and wounding dozens of innocent victims. Defense records involving a “good guy with a gun” show armed civilians fare very poorly. In the past decade of over 160 mass shootings only 1 was stopped by an armed civilian and 2 by off-duty police, while 21 were dealt with by unarmed civilians. In Self-Defense tests by the National Gun Violence Council, 77 participants, with varying levels of firearms training in various situations, shot 7 innocent bystanders, fired at 23 suspects that posed no threat, and ended with most being “killed by the bad guy.” The emotional lies perpetrated by the NRA propaganda machine on a gullible public––not to protect lives, but to protect gun industry profits––is pure, unabashed baloney. The gun industry does not care about saving lives. Gun nuts do not care about saving lives. The killings of tens of thousands of Americans each year by gun violence will continue year after year as long as Americans continue to show their indifference the value of life by not voting for reasonable gun safety. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Blacks and whites live in two different Americas: Blacks say police treat white people as privileged over blacks and latinos. Whites say police are trusted, whereas blacks and latinos generally distrust police. Blacks say police justify a level of excessive force used on blacks and latinos that they would never use on white people. Whites say excessive force is necessary to protect the police themselves, as well as the public. Blacks say police go out of their way to apply excessive force to blacks and latinos instead of considering reasonable alternatives. Blacks say police are trained to act quickly rather than smartly which results in too many mistakes, which in turn end up easily excused because police officers are used to judge police training. Blacks are so-often victims they consider police training: “lawful but awful.” Whites say they want police to provide law and order. Blacks say they want justice. Blacks say they live in a cultural concentration camp where they must train their children to dress and act in such a way as to avoid police profiling, while whites teach their children that police protect them against blacks and latinos. Blacks say that police tactics should not be military style, quick acting, but work to find ways to slow down and find alternative less lethal ways to resolution. Blacks say whites approve of police and their current tactics because the threat to whites is more important than the mistreatment of blacks. The death of a policeman is front-page important, while the death of a black child or black young man, if noticed at all, is relegated to the back pages. Blacks are 14% of the population, 40% homicides, and stopped and searched 20X whites. Police see more black violence and believe blacks have tendency to violence. Whites don’t stop to think that confinement to a ghetto and daily disrespect of skin color creates tendency to violence. Whites won’t sell houses to blacks, hire blacks last, fire blacks first, offer blacks least pay, poorest schools, least opportunities, and then have the gall to blame blacks for not trying hard enough. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
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