Trump pinned the tail of elitism on donkey Democrats: In the red sea of mid-America where Trump prevails people have been sold to be outraged at elites. Trump pinned the tail of elitism on donkey Democrats because Democrats don’t know how to market their accomplishments. Elitism is a hoax. But why hide the Democrat story? Where are all the slogans that rave about Democrat success? Why didn’t Hillary extol Obama’s accomplishments, instead of vague togetherness? Parents who lost children to gun violence aren’t elites. Freedom from pollution isn’t elitism. Justice for blacks, healthcare reform, and women’s rights are not elitist. Ending the war in Iraq and capturing Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein was not elitism. Thirty million new medically insured Americans was not for elites. Equal wages for women, competitive drug prices, and extending unemployment job insurance was not about elites. How come Democrats didn’t brand Republicans as economic losers for causing recessions every twenty years? What about the do-nothing Republican Congress? Economic recovery after the Great Republican Recession wasn’t for elites. ISIS began with Bush supporting Iraqi Shiites and dismissing Saddam’s Sunni officers who became the leaders of ISIS. A hundred million average worker’s bank accounts saved by bailouts wasn’t for elites. Millions of worker’s jobs saved by helping the auto industry wasn’t for elites. Ten million jobs lost by Republicans and Obama got them all back. Republicans fought new jobs at every turn, vowed Obama failure was more important than American workers. In America’s red sea there are a hundred million blatantly racist xenophobes. Elitism appeals to haters and to the misguided who rely on Fox fake news. Democrats must tell its successes to the American people, in a loud voice, branding the message into memorable slogans. “Resist” has no passion! Where are our great Democratic leaders when we need them? Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Israel right or wrong bad US policy: The majority of nations in the UN passed a resolution condemning Israel’s “shameful” expanding settlement policy. The US decided not to veto the move, a rare step that angered Israeli far right, who immediately accused Obama of (anti-Israeli lebensraum) abandoning its closest Middle East ally in the waning days of his administration, an obvious falsehood since the US provides more than $3 billion each year to Israel, (Soon to rise to $3.8 billion per year) the biggest pledge of US military aid in history. The worldwide condemnation of Israeli expansionism was passed with support from all remaining members of the 15-member council, applause breaking out in the chamber, despite Israel lobbying and Trump tweets. The Obama administration has grown increasingly frustrated with the one-sided settlement building in the West Bank, which Israel has occupied for nearly 50 years. Public opinion polls over the past few years consistently show the vast majority of Americans favor a non-expansion Israeli settlement policy, a 2-state solution, and increasing disappointment with Netanyahu extremism. Republican complaints that the US abstention will harden right wing Israelis were met with comments that the Israeli right wing is already atrophied in support of Israeli lebensraum. Trump’s private real estate funding of the far right in Israel to settle more Palestinian land is coming from a US base run by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner (LA Times). US policy is opposed to Israeli settlements as “harmful to peace in the Middle East.” David Friedman, Trump’s long-time real estate lawyer was named ambassador to Israel. The donations are seen as a tribute to further Friedman’s settlement support policies. Funding is coming in small amounts of $5,000 here and $10,000 there, according to the IRS, so as to appear as from individuals. But Kushner represents Trump’s real estate investments and the funding will show a profit through government policies. Are we watching the same tactics used by Vice President Cheney in selling the invasion of Iraq where he made millions through his connections with Halliburton in war contracts? Nobody went to jail over Iraq War fraud, but Trump may make Cheney’s profiteering look like a piker compared to the Trump’s third-world private profit machine. Of course Trump supporters who think it was smart of Trump to cheat on his taxes may have no concerns about Trump profiting from the Presidency. Note: Trump changed his tune in early February, 2017 telling Netanyahu: “Israeli settlements are hurting the Peace Process.” Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Rules and regulations protect us from crooks: The tax code is tremendously large to curb tax cheats. The law code is colossal for similar reasons. Without rules and regulations cheating and corruption flourish. Trump is wants to destroy decades of non-partisan, consumer-protective regulations. Trump has more business conflicts than any President in American history. Trump has shown that he will cheat on his taxes, cheat on his military obligation, cheat his employees, cheat his suppliers, contractors, and even his business partners. A man who brags cheating is smart will cheat the American Taxpayer. A man that tweets about public stocks and makes billions in a stock rise is sneaky enough to cheat the American Public. A man who can make deals with foreign countries to increase the value of his own businesses will find many ways to cheat even his most fervent supporter. How do we know when we are getting ripped off by Cheater-Trump? We don’t know because Cheater-Trump hides his cheating by not showing his tax returns, not divesting himself of his business interests, and by a history of cheating everything he touches. Rules protect the air quality, employment, worker safety, contagious disease, medical care, and child abuse. Parents make rules. Society makes rules. Rule breakers are the crooks who want to cheat us. Destroying the rules and regulations is destroying democracy and cheating the citizens of America. What have you, if you gain the world, yet cannot enter the kingdom of goodness? Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Trump elected by suppressing the vote: Clinton won the popular vote by over 3 million, but lost the electoral college by three key states; Michigan by 10K votes, WI 23K, and PA 68K. Meanwhile 3 million registered voters, who had voted twice for Obama, were unable to vote in Republican controlled states due to new, highly-discriminating voter ID requirements. White male control of politics has been in decline for decades. The Gerrymandering of Republican controlled state voting districts in 2012 was the first results of white legislators backlash restricting Democrat voting rights. Forget about Russian hacking, forget Comey’s dagger to Clinton’s back, forget all the UNPROVEN fake news and Republican scandals. Trump won by electoral votes given to gerrymandered state electors in key margin states manipulated long before the election behind the scenes by white legislators under the false premise of (non-existent) voter fraud. If only Wisconsin and Michigan’s voter districts had been contested before the election, Clinton would have been the obvious winner. All the experts were correct. All the credible pre-election polls were correct. Hillary Clinton should have been the overwhelming winner. But it was state legislators and state electors, not the actual American voters, who gave the 2016 election to Trump, the worst representative of a human being ever to run for office. Just like 2008 Republicans were willing to let the American economy go down the tubes in order to maintain political power, 2016 Republicans are willing to risk WWIII to regain political power. Americans resented a black man as President, but it was white legislators who sold the American dream of an equal democracy down the river all for the sake of local politics. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
No man can call his presidency just that is not just himself: I don’t care about America First. I want an American president who is honorable. Someone who cheats on their taxes, cheats on their military obligation, and cheats employees, contractors, and competition is telling me loud and clear, he will cheat the American Public. Enough BS about giving Cheater-Trump a chance. The leopard does not change its spots. Enough BS about unity. Eight years of Republican “make Obama fail” is proof of Republican dishonesty. No man can call his presidency just that is not just himself. Cheater-Trump promises to oust the elite and fills his cabinet with white male billionaires, while national elite flock to inauguration festivities. Cheater-Trump promises to resurrect the nation’s tombstone, rusted-out factories, while thousands of manufacturers close every month. Obama brought back ten million jobs after the Great Republican Recession despite eight years of Republican gridlock. Enough about ‘forgotten’ workers. Cheater-Trump is not going raise the minimum wage, not going to provide heathcare for uninsured workers, and certainly not going to bring back outdated manufacturing. Cheater-Trump has a sad, dark vision for America’s future. The only way to deal with a nightmare is to wake up, get the facts from a credible source, and get politically active. Wait and see is a lousy strategy when your life is under the knife of reprivatizing heathcare. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
World stability is over: Trump represents an irreversible break with world stability. More than half a century of balanced security has morphed into a tweeting game of political poker where no one knows what hand Trump will unfold. Trump is proudly selfish, guided by the principle of doing whatever is good for Trump. From here on out, former friends, allies and foes alike know only that it is not the principle at stake but the “deal” that counts. Every assumption of inter-reliances among the nations of the world is in turmoil. Every treaty, agreement, or alliance is up for grabs. Trump negotiates by keeping others guessing. No nation makes reasonable plans when they feel insecure. Exploiters take advantage during periods of insecurity. Trump has told the world of his selfish agenda. The lid has been irrevocably opened on Pandora’s box. Every nation will now be directed by selfish aims. No longer will what is good for the planet and mankind be part of the process. All wars start when nations feel insecure. Little people always get hurt. Trump wins no matter what. Greed is in the ascendant. Fairness and balance are dead. Banding together is how other nations will respond to the selfishness of Trump’s New World Order. Mark as a prime example, the UN’s recent condemnation of Israel’s continued resettlement program as “shameful and dangerous to peace.” Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Policing like soldiers not peacemakers: Chicago police are under pressure from lawsuits over shooting unarmed blacks and have been chastised by the Justice Department for illegal “stop and frisk” profiling. Billions are being paid out by cities for police shooting settlements. In Chicago Police have retaliated against oversight requirements and ceased to enforce normal suspect detentions. Chicago police “Stops” have fallen from several hundred per day to less than twenty. With limited policing, gangs have gone on shooting sprees. Chicago homicides are up several hundred over 2015. With Chicago police doing the minimum requirement, arrests are a fraction of the previous year. The Chicago Chief of Police has suggested hiring more patrol officers. Black residents of the city respond saying, “If more officers are hired and do no more than those already not doing their job, costs will rise without results.” Chicago is in a standoff. Chicago police (as well as most police forces across America) resent oversight. Most police forces are still training policemen to be soldiers not peacemakers. If the training is wrong, police work creates more problems than it resolves. Profiling is wrong. Blacks are a hundred times more likely to get stopped and frisked than whites. Blacks youths need jobs where they are not the last one hired and the first fired. You can’t expect people to act like good citizens when blacks are condemned to a concentration camp culture. You can’t expect a man to be a productive citizen when he is constantly disrespected just because of the color of his skin. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.