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.
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.
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.
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.
“Sickness is your own fault,” characterizes Trumpcare: “America needs guns not health insurance,” declares Trump. Trump supporters are most hurt by Trumpcare, but healthcare is left to a Republican Congress while Trump says he is working on tax cuts. America needs doctor-patient trust, not health insurance for all, declares Republican Congress: Get sick? Find an emergency room. Don’t have health insurance? Your problem! Missing checkups is a choice. GOP healthcare is self-control, not medical care. Sickness is a personal fault, not a social burden. Buying food instead of a doctor visit happens in a free society. To Republicans, freedom is more important than saving lives. Guns are more important than saving lives. Profit is more important than saving lives. Republicans want teachers evaluated not doctor-accountability. Yet, top health groups are united against Trumpcare: American Cancer Society, National Alliance of Mental Illness. American Academy of Pediatrics, March of Dimes, American Lung Asso, American Medical Asso, American College of Physicians and the American Nurses Assn. Top Republicans are mostly for Trumpcare; ready and willing to let you die for the freedom to make a profit on sick people. Conservatives had eight years to improve Obamacare. Instead they chose to make Obama fail. The Republicans chose darkness instead of the light; yet millions of lives have already been helped by a program certified financially sound by the Congressional Budget Office. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Trump’s Fake News tell: “Believe me.” Fake news is a statement with malicious intent that leads to an erroneous conclusion. Fake news is opinion not fact. Fake news is concocted not reported. Fake news is what Trump aides refer to as “alternative facts,” what they want you to believe are personal interpretations, but are actual lies. Fake news typically mixes truth and fiction then draws false conclusions. Fake news repeats the false conclusions of others to bolster new fake arguments. The key to identifying fake news is it’s sneaky and misleading. Fake news promoted by entertainment poses as factual news to persuade a slanted point of view. Fake news messages resembles facts, but are really a political opinion. Fake news repeats its messages as if repetition proves credibility. A great example of fake news is Fox’s no spin zone. Fox has the lowest truth rating of any alleged news bureau. Fox, however, is the master of spin to meet the goal of its political agenda. Fox false news repeats over and over again that it does not spin facts, meanwhile spinning each and every statement made. Fake news hides by appearing like special interests parading as general interest, false statements that sound good, but are not the truth, and saying one thing while meaning something altogether different, using words that disguise, cover up, or hide real intentions. Trump peddles information he hears from Fox. Trump then uses Fox as a defense for unsubstantiated statements. Trump’s fake news is often accompanied by unprovable embellishments such as: “Believe me, everybody tells me, everybody knows, you know it’s true, they say, everyone knows, its common knowledge, and a lot of people believe me.” All of which is pure fake news BS. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Trumpcare betrays Trump voter: Trumpcare cuts Medicaid, slashes services, and raises costs for tens of millions of middle-aged, middle-class Americans. What is important is Republicans don’t care. Republicans do not represent middle class workers. Republicans sabotaged the Affordable Care Act with Republican red states non-participation. Then Republicans blamed the ACA for limited participation. Republicans failed to help a viable healthcare program because Obamacare was government aid not private enterprise. Trumpcare doesn’t care about American workers. Trumpcare saves the upper-income, health-insured millions of dollars in lower premiums and tax cuts, and is estimated by Non-Partisan experts to add almost a trillion dollars to the national debt. Trumpcare will raise costs for older folks with under lower incomes and areas of higher premiums. Trumpcare will cut costs for the young and well off, and areas where premiums are already low. Trumpcare hurts every worker by defunding Planned Parenthood under the false allegation of abortion. Republicans don’t care if every worker is insured? Trumpcare is all about more tax breaks for the rich. Trumpcare is “buy your own healthcare or die. “ and a betrayal of liar Trump’s promise to help American workers. Trumpcare is dog eat dog politics and workers are fighting over scraps. Republican legislators call Trumpcare, “…giving Americans freedom.” “Democrats call Trumpcare….giving healthcare corporations freedom to exploit American workers.” The White House says, “Trumpcare is offering Americans choice.” Democrats say, “Trumpcare is the right of workers to chose high costs or even higher costs for less coverage.” Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.