Republicans want women “in their place.” While Republicans bandwagon scandals like Clinton’s emails, one in three women is experiencing physical violence, one in ten under the age of twenty is forced into sexual acts, thirty nations allow men to beat their wives, and eighty-three percent of girls twelve to sixteen are sexually harassed in school. While the rate of mayhem regularly imposed on half of humankind is alarmingly high, Republicans march lockstep not to legislate protection for women, but to scandalize politics. Instead of dealing with issues, Republicans laud the strongman Putin/Netanyahu, while bemoaning Clinton’s strong-woman response to email privacy: “I opted for convenience.” Clinton is setting the stage for her presidential campaign discussing real female conditions; political exclusion, discrimination, rape as weapon of war, genital cutting, forced illiteracy, forced aborting, and sterilization. Women’s rights are human rights. Meanwhile, the four horsemen of apocalypse-by-innuendo Fox is outraged, Hannity suspicious, O’Reilly incredulous, and Limbaugh aghast at a woman like Clinton who does not know her place. Instead of dealing with momentous women’s issues, Republicans are trying to force Clinton to allow Louie Gohmert to sniff out her “yoga experience.” The stakes for the White House are too important for nonsense. The world is waiting to see how things go when a woman is in charge. The rights of half the world’s population are at stake. Who you are is how you vote. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Can capitalism reform itself? History says it won’t. Leading economist says, it must. Philip Kotler author of Marketing Management, a major textbook in Business Schools worldwide, says: “Low Wages are bad for the economy. Low wages lead to poverty and inequality,” ––and hello, Mr. and Mrs. Business Owners––“they lead to over production, declining investment and low economic growth.” Kotler says, “Business has to realize that only when prosperous wage earners spend do capitalists earn. Only people who can afford to pay, buy freely.” But business has never reformed on its own. Capitalism has existed for centuries. The only time the economy is great is when consumer demand is great. Without good wages the economy always stagnates. Business knows that is own self-interest lies with good wages, but business cannot overcome greed. Dangling dollars distort reality. Only when people complain through government is business forced to face historical facts. The very thought of reform is fought tooth and nail. Billions are spent by business to sell the public that unregulated capitalism is good for them. Every single talk-show host promoting unregulated capitalism is a multi-millionaire. History shows business will never reform itself. Like a child who won’t let others play with its toys, business requires a parent to redirect misbehavior. When you vote, remember, consumers are the parents of capitalistic behavior. How you vote is who you are as an adult member of society.
Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
The Right Wing’s white supremacist bible: Exercise of religion as a defense against business discrimination is an outgrowth of centuries of white supremacy. As late as the 1950s the US was a bastion of bigotry. Intimidated women, blacks and gays “knew their place” in an everyday world dominated by privileged white American males. Today with civil rights legislation opening the doors for equal pay, equal rights, and equal opportunity, white supremacists are banding together to try to use the exercise of religion as an defense against business discrimination. Right-wing conservatives declare that they are trying to reclaim a lost America, something that they loved, and something, which the loss of which should make the rest of us feel afraid. Full of anxieties over civil rights changes, white supremacists are watching their idyllic world crumble under the onslaught of a constitutional right of equality for all. Fox typifies the huge popularity of taking the position of white angst. Passing legislation did not make an intolerance A bigot animal cannot change its spots. Children are continually brought up to be intolerant by their parents, their teachers and their preachers, continuing to spread intolerance like a sick disease. Religion is just another excuse for the exercise of selfishness by a white supremacist society. Once a bigot, always a bigot. You can’t teach an old bigot new beliefs. All the rest of us can do is to vote intolerance––religious, racial, or otherwise––out of power. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Unions are vital: As little as sixty years ago, millions of American employees of American worked seven days a week; without overtime pay, health insurance, sick pay, pensions, or job security. Joining a union was the only alternative to exploitation. Congress favored business. Big money spent millions to demonize labor. The public resented work stoppage. Only the employee who got a fairer deal by negotiation appreciated unionization. Most American workers are not part of a union. Instead of organizing, they resentfully side with whoever signs their checks even against their own interests. Employers who face a strike can ride it out. Losses from lockouts are pennies on the dollar, passed on to the consumer in higher prices. Employees who chose to fight a system rigged against them need savings double the amount of lost wages. In 1963 Congress passed the Equal Pay Act supposedly guaranteeing women would receive pay equal to a man for doing the same job. In 2015, women still receive $.70 cents for every dollar men are paid for the same work. The reality of unequal pay sixty years after a law is passed shows how little Congress believes in the rights of workers, especially women. Republicans, the wealthy, and corporations want to kill unions literally stealing the rights of millions of Americans. Resenting union organizing is like cutting off your nose just to spite your face. How you vote is who you are. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
A future of poorer than parents: Income inequality is greater in the US than any other democracy in the developed world. The 2012 inequality index level was the same as it was in 1928 just prior to the great stock market crash and the Great Depression. Political scientists state unequivocally that the US is near the breaking point. Multi-millionaire RightWingers O’Reilly, Hannity, and Limbaugh laugh off inequality conning millions of listeners into believing they never had it so good, that money trickles down from wealth, and anyway it’s all Obama’s fault. Millions of young Americans will be poorer than their parents, never get a good education, a good job, or a step up the ladder of success available before the Great Conservative Movement of the 1970s. Since then stagnation has ruled the middle class and the inequality gap soared. Both parties claim they will close the loopholes, but wealth controls what congress will or will not do. So far, Capitalism is sacred. Criticism is cowed. Equal opportunity is sandbagged by the golden rule: Whoever has the gold makes the rules. Inherited wealth is continuing to grow. The privileged will never give up their privileges until another Roosevelt comes along and demands a fair deal for all Americans. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Public cheated by climate change deniers: R-Ok. Sen., Inhofe thought he was debunking global warming with a snowball. “Does this look like warm weather?” His “down-home” audience laughed and applauded. Imaging such a US Senators pimping stupidity and running our government. “If you can’t see it, it doesn’t exist,” is caveman logic. “There has never been a homosexual in my family,” Inhofe bragged to prove he was believable. Inhofe is head of Congressional damage control for our nation’s affect on the earth. 99% of weather scientists are on record openly declaring that global warming exists, and that human indifference to the environment is endangering human existence. Inhofe claims his “uncertainty” is based on a “Harvard scientist,” financed by Big Oil, who is neither a scientist nor at Harvard. The ignorant don’t care, but their ignorance is cheating your future. Indifference to ignorance is evil. Intelligence is the ability to know when nonsense is cheating you. You are how you vote. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Genocide Politics: “Drive a stake through its heart,” said Michael Greve of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, funded by Koch, in response to the Affordable Care Act. When CEI lawyers met to find a fatal flaw, Greve declared, “This bastard has to be killed for political hygiene. I do not care if it is dismembered, staked through the heart, or tarred and feathered and driven out of town.” Four words were found among ten thousand pages that could leverage descent to the Supreme Court. King versus Burwell was designed to murder the idea that helping folks interfered with excessive profits. In the ACA subsidies would be given through state exchanges. Thirty-four states opted out of state exchanges, but the Act did not specify “only” through state agencies. CEI lawyers claim what is not stated cannot be inferred. The ACA, was longest Congressional deliberation in American history. No member of congress ever tendered the idea that subsidies would, could or should not be provided outside state exchanges. In minor technicalities of the past, laws were always reworded once in operation. Out of pure unadulterated mean-mindedness, the courts is being asked to actively legislate Congressional intent. If subsidies are ruled out, immediately, seven and a half million insurance policies will be cancelled. Immediately, insurance companies will raise rates to cover losses. Immediately, tens of millions of regular policy will begin the process of cancellation. States, insurance companies, hospitals, physicians and nursing associations have filed group actions to oppose the impending catastrophe. Nineteen leading health schools have estimated that ten thousand Americans will die unnecessarily, this year alone, as a result of the insurance fall out. The shame of so-called Americans is that they despise health reform so much they are willing to destroy thousands of lives and disrupt millions more on the theory that private enterprise trumps the spirit of America, the voice of the people and ultimately the very rule of law.
Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.