Cowering to gun fanaticism: Not many people know there have been 134 mass shootings over the past fifty years. More people are being killed in each new mass murder than the last on an average basis. Mass murder deaths are occurring not because of lone wolf individuals, but as a result of an American subculture of gun fanatics, supergunowers that have formed an identity, a like-minded community whose underlying ideology is White Male Power and physical domination. The Las Vegas mass murders were committed by a guy with forty-seven guns in his personal arsenal. All legally obtained. All easily purchased. All part of this subculture of white male extremism; angry white males who feel entitled to hyper-masculine murder toys. Radicalized under the concept of personal freedom entitlement and discontent with society and government, the average gun fanatic has 17 guns for his personal protection. Supergunowners bond their recreational time and personal identity with guns and the gun fanatic subculture. Together in their tribal brotherhood of guns, they watch gun related shows, seek out gun related entertainment and promote the dissemination of guns for protection information. Gun fanatics firmly believe that the right to own guns is absolutely essential to their own sense of personal freedom. Being friends and associating with other supergunowners and gun fanatics is very important to their personal identity. Talking only to other gun fanatics like themselves they reinforce their shared beliefs into religious dogma. Guns are the gun fanatic’s way of life. Meanwhile as sheep huddled together in a herd mentality, we comfort ourselves thinking mass murders are lone wolves, mentally anomalies, impossible to control or restrain. How long will thousands of Americans continue to die before we recognize that there is a whole pack of gun-fanatic wolves at our doorstep. Wolves that are preying on public indifference; eating us alive, while we cower in the shadows, content that the news is not about our family or friends who died in the latest mass murder. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Freedom is childish excuse for carrying a weapon. It’s a proven fact that guns don’t protect, they promote violence. The real problem, however, is not guns, but the need for some Americans to maintain an adolescent myth of individual freedom. To begin with there is no such thing in the US Constitution, as individual freedoms. Constitutional freedoms refer only to groups. The current interpretation of the right to bear arms is obsolete nonsense that promotes social misbehavior. Gun rights, tooth fairies, and Santa Claus exist only in youthful imagination. Like slavery, however, guns endanger society. Gun rights are a white wash for social inconsideration, carelessness, and selfishness. The facts show gun laws do work. Gun laws do prevent gun violence. The only time gun laws are less effective is when sabotaged by ignorance. What happens is that gun people only talk to other gun people. Notions of right and wrong come from other gun owners equally intolerant and selfish. The gun problem will not be solved by doing away with guns, but by promoting civilized tolerance. In the meantime, automatic guns are far and away the obvious convenient weapon for massacres. Mass murders can be reduced by laws restricting automatic firing mechanisms and high cartridge ammunition. It is a nonsense excuse to contend that by limiting gun access automatics, mass murders will turn to single shot weapons and knives. Meanwhile the best first step is to pass laws that can’t be sabotaged marginalizing automatics. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
How to tell you are a racist: Most racists are racists but don’t know it. Here’s how to tell: You are a racist if you think protesting racism is disrespecting our flag, our anthem or our country. You are a racist if you think kneeling during the national anthem is more disrespectful than allowing racism to continue to exist in the nation. You are a racist if you think that blacks shouldn’t protest even though they have served and died as soldiers for our country, for our flag, and for our national anthem. You are a racist if you are tired of hearing about racism, think racism is blown out of proportion, and you think protests discriminate against whites. You are a racist is you refer to racial protest as using the racist card. You are a racist if you are tired of racism garbage, but you interact with your own and think you are interacting with the real world. You are a racist if you think equal rights for blacks discriminates against whites. You are a racist if you think “whites called out for doing little one thing wrong,” discriminates against whites. You are racist if you think blacks represent only 12% of the population and, therefore, should only get 12% of American rights. You are a racist if you think the media are telling you what they think and not what the real world is really saying about racism. You are racist if your first thought when you hear black lives matter is white cop’s lives matter. You are racist if you say you neither support nor oppose white nationalism. You are racist if you agree that America needs to protect its white European heritage. You are racist if you are against interracial marriages. You are a racist if you think tradition is more important than racism. You are a racist if you were brought up to honor law and order not including “justice for all.” You are a racist if you believe white America, not minorities, is under attack. You are a racist is you believe it ok to be intolerant. You are a racist if you think its wrong to be intolerant of racial intolerance. You are a racist if you are uncomfortable with a black man in a room full of white women. You are a racist if you are against immigration reform. You are a racist if consider many blacks you have known were poor workers. You are a racist if you think whites and blacks with equal high school grades should be judged equally for college scholarships. You are racist if you think blacks can get ahead by working hard just like you. You are racist if you think blacks can live where they want, aren’t the last to be hired and the first to be fired, can get a better education just like you, and aren’t disrespected every day for the color of their skin. You are a racist if you have forgotten your grandparents spoke a foreign language like those Hispanics with whom you work. You are a racist if you tell people you have a black friend which proves you are not racist. You are a racist if you think blacks are happy living separately from white society. You are racist if you don’t think blacks face social rejection every day because they are black. You are a racist if you think that blacks and whites should not get married because their children will somehow bear the blame. You are a racist if you believe that immigrants are unfair coming to America illegally and taking jobs away from citizens, not paying taxes, over abusing laws, costing more than they contribute, and adding disproportionately to crime. You are racist if you say that white cops should not be blamed for poor black behavior and black violence is endemic. You are a racist if you believe statues of white confederate soldiers represent American values. The problem with racism in America is it is so endemic many racists truly believe they are not racist. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Trump pimps slavery to the deplorables: We already know Trump stokes the fires of antagonism in order to distract the public from his parade of misdeeds. Investigated for the crime of “obstruction of justice” Trump continues to obstruct justice by; threatening the media for leaking the details of his crime, firing the FBI Director for not acceding to his demands to drop the investigation, denouncing R. Senate Leader, Mitch McConnell for not halting congressional investigation committees, and attempting to twitter-shift a felony crime to the category of petty politics. Trump’s “fake-wrestling-mentality” approach to the presidency indicates mental illness. Trump’s latest fabrication, “They are taking away our heritage,” makes it sound like his ancestors were not from southern Russia but sons of the confederacy. The Civil War was about slavery. The heritage Trump is blabbering to save is slavery. We want to stop celebrating the heritage of slavery because slavery was evil. Trump’s fake-wrestling spiel to his audience says, “Applaud me, ‘bad guy’ Trump and I promise to rip out the heart of the forces of good.” Pimping to the deplorables about the loss of slavery, and “we’re just good folks, but it’s ok to punch out your neighbor” are signs of mental dysfunction. Dump Trump, he’s mentally ill. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Trump to increase Deficit and Debt by trillions: The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has announced: “The Trump budget will raise the National Deficit by billions every year and the Debt by trillions over the next ten years.” Trump claims his proposal will grow the Gross National Product (GDP) 2.8% (+0.1% over the average 2.7% 1980 to 2016.) The CBO states the Trump’s GDP will drop to 1.9%. Trump claims his budget will increase Revenue by 75%, (driven by increased tax revenue from economic and population growth). The CBO says 55%, pointing out Spending increases will offset Revenue. The CBO says Trump’s budget will result in the annual Deficit increasing $720 billion per year and Debt $22.3 trillion over ten years. Are you aware that the economy has enjoyed an annual surplus for the past few years despite fighting conservatives and the Great Republican Recession? Like a fake-wrestling pro, Trump touts tax cuts for all, but while no specifics have been given for worker tax cuts, Trump will reduce taxes for the rich from 35 to 15%, slicing further into government Revenues, increasing Deficit and Debt, and cutting Medicare, Social Security, and National Health. While the poor, the average, the health-insurance-less and everyone else not in the top 1% continue to languish or suffer, the National Defense Budget, employing undeniably bugaboo scare tactics, will rise by tens of billions every year for a President playing chicken with Kim Jung-un to see who starts a nuclear war. Conservatives love to tell us that the average joe doesn’t care who’s in charge as long as he gets ahead. Are you and your children getting ahead or do you just want to spit in the government’s eye because the past government wanted all Americans first not just you? Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Fake-wresting style president: A hunk of Antarctica the size of the state of Delaware fell off recently about the same time Trump was decrying “the injustice he and his son were getting over talking business with the Russians.” The ice sheet flow has already raised global ocean levels that could bring on a deluge of homeless to swamp the Syrian refugee crisis, but Trump’s greatest efforts relate to hiding from justice. For the past two hundred days in office, dodging the critics has been Trump’s modus operandi; Emperor Nero fiddling while Rome burns. “My son is a good person,” is a standard Trump excuse. “There are good people among the alt-right.” Trump describes all his maligned associates Flynn, O’Reilly, Ailes, Manafort, and Stone as good people. No one is good who shows up to march for evil. Trump lives in a world where a lot of Americans would do business with the devil. To Trump the business of government is personal gain. Decades old national infrastructure is in decay. Americans carrying Nazi signs are killing people on the streets. Millions are dying from lack of health insurance. Constant protests have sent Republicans scurrying into holes away from constituents. Meanwhile, Trump bypasses the mainstream press, makes threats with tweets, and does family business deals around the world as nations flock to his hotels and resorts. The Trump card is to cast aspersion for lack of progress on Party leaders. Pense, Ryan, McConnell, and Cruz see the chaos, ignore an inept CNC, and continue to support Trump to protect their own interests. Tax cuts for the rich to Republicans are the holy grail. Even a nincompoop as President is acceptable if you can get rich off his time in office. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Government is the solution not the problem: Contrary to what greedy conservatives want you to believe, government works, it works well and it serves essential needs. Conservatives rant about government waste, but business wastes much more and then passes costs onto the consumer. Taxpayers pay a ton of money to run government, but business-run public services actually cost far more and still do not meet the needs of all the public. Imagine our Marines having to make a profit, controlling disease by the least amount dead, or giving away billions of dollars in land to build and intercontinental railroad. No business could or would build the interstate highways, public dams, rebuild after floods or hurricanes. Many corporations got their big start from free government research and development, interest free loans, special grants, and untold subsidies. If it were not for government support the business world could not stay in business. Government employees are not some hidden away bureaucrats. Government employees are the nation’s school teachers, hospital workers, police, fire and rescue workers, and all the military. Government employees operate national parks and recreation centers, the national defense systems, the national guard, and homeland security. Conservatives brag of self-sufficiency, but 96% of the tax benefits of home mortgages are reaped by the top 20% of the wealthy. Would you rather live with excessive wealth hopefully trickling down or a system that shares a community-responsible operation, run by management and employees who have the right to hire, fire, compensate and direct their own mutual destinies? Government may restrict business profits but no more so than any law that protects the citizens from becoming victims of exploitation. Government exists to help individuals do publically what they cannot do on their own. Ask yourself if your standard of living today is better because you earned it or because business did you a favor? You have to work for business, but government works for you. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.