Monkey Ancestry: In the past hundred-thousand years human populations on planet Earth have swelled from small tribal groups of fifty or so hunter-gatherers huddled together on vast landscapes of 20 square miles to today’s modern cities with 10 million souls jam packed into the same 20 square miles, like New York City or Los Angeles. All this time, all we humans have had to rely on is our Monkey Ancestry––a tradition of survival under powerful dominant individuals always making noise and lording it over the rest of us. There is security in numbers. We don’t just up and trot off on our wobbly own forming and reforming small splinter groups. Yet as populations grew, seldom has their appeared the ideal concept of governing by consensus. It’s human nature that personal ambition comes before the good of the people. As a result of a history of constant internal squabbling, the idea of seeking a pattern of sound leadership has been ignored for lack of expediency. Progress has always been a matter of finally finding a way to cooperate, a recognition that something had to be done and making the compromises necessary for its achievement. After one step forward under Obama, once again we are edging back, misled by our Monkey Ancestry, a leader whose only desire seems to be making a lot of noise and lording it over the rest of us. Hopefully, we will learn from this gravest of human errors, come together, and work out a compromise to elect a new leader––one who represents all Americans, fairly, including those who want everything only for themselves. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Do the right thing for the American people: Members of Congress take an oath to protect the constitution of the United States. Each member, therefore, represents all the people of the United State as well as their constituents at home. When questions of priority arise, the constitution says that no laws shall be made by States that interfere with Federal regulations. It is therefore incumbent on all Congress persons to do the right thing “for all the American people,” not just those at home, not just the Party, not just those with whom they agree, and not just stand on principles they think are right and wrong. Members of the House and Senate should stop thinking about their Democratic or Republican base and spend more time considering solutions that meet the needs of all Americans. Healthcare, for example, should be about the unnecessary deaths of millions of Americans due to lack of health insurance, not be about religious bigotry or political power. If Senator Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer trades Democratic votes for Republican promises, he is thinking about the needs of all Americans not the Democratic political power. Senator Schumer is willing to give up the support for 3 million Americans in order to get help for 350 million Americans. Critics have slammed the senator as “weak” for attempting to row the national boat with left and right paddling together. Critics say such Democrats “don’t stand for anything,” but Senator Schumer is willing to take the heat to work for all the people and sometimes bipartisanship requires compromise. Some Republicans mock Senator Schumer saying that any Democrats paddling is bad for America, but they should remember that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote of Americans by more than three million voters. Most polls show Americans want both parties to work together, not just for their own selfishness. Doing the right thing for all the American people is the business of government, it’s only business. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Trump fills swamp with bloodsuckers: Trump “promised to drain the swamp.” Now Trump’s bloodsuckers are getting caught using taxpayer money for their own personal uses. Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development is trying to cancel, $31,000 dining set the agency sprung for, as his wife, Candy Carson, decided to spruce up HUD’s Spartan furniture. Federal rules require special Congressional approval for any redecorating expense above $5,000. “$5,000 will not even buy a decent chair,” Candy Carso said justifying the expense. HUD insisted Carson play by the rules and refused to sign off on the purchase. Trump promised to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs and improve access to health care for vets. The man Trump put in charge of the VA, David Shulkin, was busted flying his wife along on a sightseeing trip to Europe, at taxpayer expense, poorly disguised as official business. An official investigation found that Shulkin’s lackeys lied about details of Shulkin’s trip in order to justify his wife’s attendance on Joe Taxpayer’s dime. Then they tried to cover up the ethical breach. While touring Europe, Shulkin also violated VA policy by accepting free tickets to the women’s finals at the Wimbledon tennis tournament in the U.K., from a private business. Shulkin’s aides lied about the gift when the Washington Post came asking, saying VA ethics officials had approved the acceptance of the tickets, when they hadn’t. Shulkin covered one lie with another saying he had paid for the tickets himself. Auditors turned up bogus-sounding expenses from the trip that they can’t completely account for, such as one charge of $3,825 for parking. Shulkin has paid back the VA for certain expenses, but says he’s not resigning. Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency got in the habit of flying business and first class, and sometimes chartering planes at an added cost to taxpayers: at least $200,000. Pruitt has now said he’ll fly coach. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke enjoys luxe travel flying on business and military jets, and brings his wife along on taxpayer-funded flights. Zinke’s strategy is to leave no paper trail. Arguing poor record-keeping and shoddy documentation until Congress started inquiries. Tom Price, Trump’s first Secretary of Health and Human Services, resigned last September after getting caught spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on charter flights that appeared to be junkets. Prizing loyalty above quality in an employee, Trump has restocked the swamp with functionaries dismissive of ethics rules meant to sustain the public’s trust in government. Graft, distrust, resignation and turmoil matter don’t matter to the Trump fans who would applaud Trump if he shot somebody on Fifth Avenue, just after announcing he would attack a school shooter barehanded. To most of us the idea of making Washington accountable to the people is a good idea, but we see Trump has it swarming with creatures sucking the blood out of the nation and not emptying any quagmire. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Russia tipped 2016 US Presidential election. Weeks before the 2016 elections, millions of Americans were hit repeatedly with WikiLeaks releases providing fresh proof on a daily basis that Clinton was untrustworthy. Most long time Democrats were unaffected, but new young voters and Democrats facing, saying, “See, I told you so, Hillary is crooked” Republicans family members were swayed to leave Hillary and take a chance “on the ‘nut-case.” Fifteen months later, special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has found that the skepticism that afflicted the American voting public and life-long Democrats, was no fluke. “The 2016 election was the result of deliberate efforts by the Russian government to hurt Clinton and help Donald Trump win the presidency. Young voters were targeted through social media like Facebook to whom Clinton was an unknown and Democrats in Republican-saturated markets were hit with relentless, robotic anti-Hillary fake news. According to a Feb. 16 grand jury indictment obtained by Mueller. “(Russian) Defendants and their co-conspirators encouraged U.S. minority groups not to vote in the 2016 U.S. presidential election or to vote for a third-party U.S. presidential candidate.” It is impossible to know how many voters nationally stayed home or voted for a third-party candidate as a direct result of the Russians’ anti-Hillary social media campaign. Nevertheless, the details from the indictment indicate that Russia contributed heavily to Hillary’s losses and the illegitimacy of Trump’s victory.” While Trump maintains there is no proof that the Russian assistance affected the election, the closeness of the tally suggests that it is highly likely the Russian efforts affected the outcome of the election. Trump lost the popular tally by nearly 3 million votes nationally, Trump won three states that most observers expected to go to Clinton by a total margin of 77,744. Russian interference in the US elections were certainly enough to have swayed 77,744 votes in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. To prove the point looking back, exit polling showed that voters were most concerned about Clinton not Trump—and Trump’s pounding on crooked Hillary with the help of WikiLeaks in the final weeks — made the difference and gave Trump the election. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA
Your education determines your children’s income: The idea of progressive standard of living has become an inherited cultural trait. Educated people demand their children enjoy the benefits of being better educated. Parents will have only one child in order to give it a better education. Educated people tend to marry those with similar levels of learning. Educated people tend to socialize with others of a similar educational level. Incomes are relative to the Times, but generally speaking education determines the income of offspring. The idea of a progressive standard of learning is not genetic, but the concept is inheritable. Humans have accepted the notion that to improve life, education comes first and foremost. Despite the fact that every family sets their children off on the ladder to economic prosperity with at least basic public school foundation, many conservatives mock the very idea of public education, vote against funding education, ridicule learning as elitist, constantly denounce science, and brag about their ignorance. Teaching is no longer revered as the ideal path for guiding youth. Instead, education budgets are cut, teachers turned into police, school grounds fenced and barb wired, and limited public funds are to often siphoned off to private programs. All these conservative anti-education facts add up to one greater conclusion, those in America with more money than you are getting farther ahead economically and doing so at your expense. Not only is there economic inequality, but rising inequality in education means that those with a lot of money are digging you into a negative education hole so deep your children will no longer even see the light of equal opportunity. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA
Fox hate is breeding mistrust in American Justice: If your cause is serving the wealthy to become wealthy, political freedom is a threat. To kill such threats, you create mistrust. You attack safety regulations, for example, as “job killers.” Sowing hate binds supporters to your cause. Lying and cheating is justified “it’s for a good cause.” A President can be excused for any wrongdoing as long as he publically espouses your cause. Supporters do not have to even know right from wrong, only that what you are saying is what they want to hear. If you fear an investigation from the Justice Department attack Justice as corrupt. If you fear facts might prove your promises false, attack the deliverer of information, the free press. If you fear being called out for your male entitlement to pat female behinds, attack women as false accusers. Scandal is hate mongering; breeding hate that prejudges the opposition wrong in order not to have to prove your own position. Defending abuse by attacking accusers is hate pandering. Creating political failure to ensure I-told-you-so policies is hate politics. The Birthers, the KKK, and Fox all know how to sow hate to reap victory. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Hannity Bunkruptcy: A bunkrupt person is someone who mocks educated people as “elite” in order to demonize experts telling the uneducated they need to improve. Hannity uses the word “elite” to denigrate the hard work needed to become an expert so Hannity can appear to be one of the good ole boys reveling in ignorance. Labeling Democrats as “elitists” is a Republican tactic to appeal to “I forgot what I learned” down-home constituents. “Elitism” is a political taunt of the insecure used to make fun of common courtesy, kindness and tolerance. Bunkruptcy, therefore, is an immoral status of maligning others based on narrow-minded, preconceived, self-righteous convictions. To be “bankrupt” is to be found guilty of consistent lack of credibility and the continuous use of misleading statements that create false impressions and erroneous conclusions. Hannity Bunkruptcy is appealing to our lesser angels whereby scandal is employed to lead others by the nose just to make a living. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.