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.
Trump’s politics reflects privileged white resentment: First came Sarah Palin, unqualified and ignorant, showboating her way through elections. Now Trump swaggers the same path blazing his way to a new reality show. Both candidates seek to take advantage of the economic and social anxieties of a formerly privileged white America. When Trump talks about making America great again he is speaking to those who believe in white male privilege. Republicans can only blame themselves. Anti-government, pro-banking, pseudo family values have limited appeal. Conservative promises to return to the way we were keep failing. Economic hardship and social resentment are fueling the fires of contempt for tolerance and consideration. Middle class white Americans are dying off from an epidemic of despair. The greatest danger is that people with disturbing beliefs and powerful resentments will somehow manifest with bigoted corporate greed to form a proto-fascist political party. Trump, for example, has seized upon the need for greed in the same way he took over and caused the failure in the 1980s of the, until then, highly successful United States Football League. Trump’s game is to promote Trump and never the Party or the League. Trump’s business dealing discriminate against the same people he appeals to with a message of false hope. Trump is like the devil whispering endearments that he can bring back that which has past, with promises he never means to keep, but which will make him rich from millions of helpless souls.
Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA
Religion used for harm: A bill that would allow mental health counselors to turn away patients based on religious beliefs has passed in the House in Tennessee, the latest state to introduce measures that harm the community and legalize immorality and discrimination. The bill is part of a wave of proposals across the country–particularly in poor states that already have high rates of recidivism–that already deny services on a defacto basis for religious beliefs. Included are denial of counseling for mental health, rape, incest, child abuse, children who are victims of bullying, women’s health, and spousal abuse. Such legislation could also deny treatment to America’s war veterans, including those wounded, disfigured, amputees, and suffering from combat mental illness during recent wars. The denial of rights and services for religious beliefs endangers the entire general public allowing the mentally disturbed to prey upon the unsuspected. Enabling the mentally incapacitated to buy and use weapons is already creating an atmosphere of citizen massacres as seen in the recent rise of mass murders nationwide. Laws that discriminate based on religious beliefs have been with us since antiquity used to justify slavery, segregation, child labor, parental abuse, gun violence, housing discrimination, employment bias, and a wide variety of business practices including low wages, wage theft, lack of workplace safety, and use of force to prevent worker protest. Religious belief based legislation has come about as a result of the loss of America’s Evangelistic moral compass. Having become “Worldly” in the pursuit of economic and political influence, the Republican fringe religious right has lost sight of a Christ that taught all mankind as children of God. Using religion to justify harm to the public at large once again dramatizes just how evil works its will through deliberate ignorance.Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Election of Hillary Clinton Imperative: We are at war. Women have been denigrated, disparaged, and denied equal status to men since the dawn of humanity. Nothing short of electing Hillary Clinton the next President of the United States will do as much to win this epic battle. Every woman parading her “feel the burn” should know that she is only able to vote today by standing the on the shoulders of billions of dead sisters, mothers and daughters who fought the good fight before her. Sure, we have made tremendous progress under Obama. Of course, more reforms are necessary, but no reform, no progressive legislation, no repeal of bad laws is more important than electing Hillary President. The “Any woman” argument is specious. The fact that “some females politicians aren’t good for women” is a distraction. Hillary Clinton is not just any woman, she is the most distinguished and competent woman ever running for President. Electing a Democrat to the highest office is not as important. Regaining the Senate and House is not as important. Closing the economic gap, reigning in Wall Street, and halting wars is not as important as electing Hillary President. It is of paramount importance, that every young girl be able to look up at her mother and father and say, “I can be president just like Hillary.” Only a solid block of voters for Hillary can make that dream possible. Without electing Hillary to President we are losing the biggest opportunity of our lifetime. Women are every bit as important to humanity as men. Electing Hillary Clinton is not about feminism, it is about bringing half of the human population of Earth one step closer to a better world.
Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Using religion to justify violence: Colorado Republican lawmaker Rep. JoAnn Windholz” stated Planned Parenthood was solely to blame for the deadly shooting at a Planned Parenthood facility, despite the fact that the shots were fired by a mentally disturbed gunman convicted of multiple murder by a jury of his peers. “Faith, family and freedom-lovin” Windholtz proudly proclaims her prejudice to justify the deaths of innocent victims by the redeeming act of a murdering gunman. Seeing violence in the act of helping women care for their health is the product of warped thinking carefully nurtured by obsolete religious and parochial beliefs. Blaming the victim shows just how evil works its will through deliberate ignorance. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Stop 90% gun violence with 3 laws: (1) Universal background checks for weapons, (2) ammunition, and (3) microchip-lock laws could stop 90% gun violence. How quickly and completely depends on the teeth in the law. Reasonable gun safety laws are getting passed, but they are sabotaged, under-funded, poorly applied, slovenly monitored, and constantly road-blocked and undermined by gun fanatics and the NRA. Toothless laws promote gun violence. Toothless laws can never be effective. Fanatical gun nuts do not care about ending gun violence. “Death is the “price of freedom,” gun nuts proudly proclaim. Stopping gun violence can only work when reasonable people demand bulldog gun safety laws. “Three laws stop 90% gun violence” is a peer-validated report by the prestigious medical journal “Lancet,” produced by Boston University, searching all records available on gun-violence-reduction after passage of existing laws. The take away message for you, the “reasonable” voter, is to start by voting yes wherever possible for “universal background checks,” if for no other reason than to impede terrorism and the mentally disturbed. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Evangelical Pact With The Devil: Evangelicals were once a cultural moral guide, a constant community voice that “said no” to promiscuity, course language, immodesty, and flaunting affluence. In 1970, however, evangelicals cast their lot with the far right fringe to defend segregation, thus beginning a period of theological compromise for secular gain. As evangelicals became “worldly” in the pursuit of economic and political influence they lost sight of a Jesus Christ who taught all mankind as children of God. It is no surprise now that evangelicals support a thrice-married, twice-divorced, vulgar, billionaire who belittles the disabled, and advocates policies utterly at odds with “biblical values” evangelicals purportedly uphold. Defending segregation was a “pact with the devil.” And if racism is a sin, evangelicals are sinners loath to seek redemption. To gain influence on earth, evangelicals gave away a “heaven made for the least of you.” Gone is the gospel of a rich man less likely reaching heaven than passing through the eye of a needle.” Instead, evangelicals have chosen a world that overwhelmingly favors the affluent. Reaganomics was the beginning. And Trump is a tragic end come into full life. Between these Faustian characters the new “worldly” evangelicals float along basking on a river of denial. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.