Why deny climate change? Climate change has become a matter of ethics and polarized people: CO2 emissions are bad. Emitters are guilty of sin. Concern over the danger, while enjoying the benefits, is hypocritical. Moral responsibility lies at the crux of the matter and some people would rather deny climate change than admit they are guilty and doing nothing about it. To make matters worse, Republicans have seized upon human frailties and politicized climate change as a hoax. Denial not only helps avoid business restrictions, it rallies base voters that don’t like change at all. Meanwhile, carbon-dioxide pours into the planet’s atmosphere at the rate of billions of tons a day––as it has for the past almost three-hundred-year industrial revolution. The planet gets hotter, droughts more frequent and longer, famine spread due to drought, hurricanes are now more ferocious and devastating, and wild fire seasons are longer and more severe decade after decade. Denying climate change has reached a level close to the threshold of permanent change. Denying climate change endangers the whole world, and as such is a crime against humanity. Those who are trying to solve the problem are being put further in danger by those whose denial creates the problem’s very existence. We know people deny climate change to avoid guilt. The question is how do we change the issue from ethics to practicality’ how do we and foster a social climate of win-win climate change fix? Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Evil Trump: Trump, and his ilk, would like you to believe, “It’s normal for men to joke about pawing women.” No, it’s not acceptable to joke about pawing women, let alone brag about it in public. Some men degrade women, but the acceptance of nasty behavior is evil. If you support Trump you are enabling evil. Anyone who believes Trump is not a nasty person is lying to themselves. Trump brags about cheating on his taxes, sticking his hand up married women’s skirts, and lying to cover up lying. It’s as plain, months after the election, as the nose on your face, a vote for Trump was a vote for crooks, liars, and cheats. Supporting Trump is nothing less than supporting evil. Supporting evil to get a tax cut is evil. Playing nuclear chicken with a psychotic like Kim Jung-un is evil. Mocking veterans captured in war is evil. Voting for Trump to get another conservative on the Supreme Court was evil. Not immediately condemning overt racism is evil. Keeping millions of Americans from healthcare reform is evil. Voting for Trump just to spit in the eye of a government that serves all the people and not just a few was evil. Silence in the face of Trump evil makes you complicit. When you stand with evil you stand for evil. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Dirty Air, Dirty Water, Dirty Trump! In 2012 crop-dusters sprayed pesticide that seeped into farm houses in Minnesota. Later a farmer’s 8-year-old was diagnosed with a brain disorder directly related to the toxin. The EPA banned pesticide spraying until Trump appointed Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA. Pruitt retracted the ban reasoning that government must protect business profits, and not just follow its original mandate to protect people’s lives. From Education to Energy to Housing to Health, Trump has appointed destroyers, Cabinet Secretaries with no former experience, close ties to large scale abusers, anti-government track records, outright ignorance of public needs, and a directive to cut back all regulations. Propping up declining coal, ensuring record profits for Big Chemicals and Big Pharma, destroying public protection in the home, on the road and in the workplace, and removing all government rules and reforms that limit record profits are the foremost actions of the Trump’s Cabinet. “It’s time for business to stand up for it rights,” Trump argues. But in lambasting environmental protection as a hoax, Trump provides no facts. And when science provides facts justifying public concern, Trump lambasts science as elitism. Trump has gutted decades of police reform, health reform, and business reform. Decades of social improvements are being destroyed not by Congressional laws, but Executive fiat. Washington was labeled by Trump as a bureaucratic swamp, but instead of draining the waste, Trump has the filled the murky waters with the predators of profit. Spitting on government has morphed into spitting in your own eye, as Dirty Trump turns anti-government crowd into victims of their own resentment. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Trump: Condemn, or condone! Failure to condemn Donald Trump is to condone him. If you do not condemn Trump obscenities against US prisoners of war as “poor soldiers for having been captured”, against died-in-battle veterans, “as what they signed up for,” then you condone his obscenities and are equally guilty of “vicious evil intent.” If you do not condemn Trump you approve his foul-mouthed language, his perversions against women, his sniveling childish lashing out at inconvenient truth. Even Trump’s rants at cabinet members and Republican leaders sound like a Mafioso capo’s tantrums preaching fear to hired underlings. March in Trump’s parade of hatred, bigotry and intolerance and you support the evil of his warped personality and destructive administration. To support Trump is to encourage cheating, unfairness, racism, and perversion. To support Trump is to endorse selfishness, irresponsibility and incivility. Never before has any President let alone public figure lied so often, backed up his lies with greater lies, and tried to hide lies by claiming to never having lied in the first place. Only racists applaud Trump encouraging NFL owners to acts as plantation slave drivers. Only white supremacists spread hatred by applauding Trump criticizing a citizen’s right to protest. There is so much obviously and repeatedly wrong with Trump and his ilk that the mildest invective against Trump seems lenient and permissive. Criticism of Trump, however, is not intent on destroying Trump, Hannity or Fox, you can’t destroy inherent evil. Obscenities must be marginalized, delegitimized, exposed for immoralities, and shamed for lack of decency. Obscenities like Trump, or espoused by Trump tweets, must be met with public condemnation from all levels of society and by all civilized human beings. Otherwise obscenities, like resident evil becomes the norm, pervasive, commonplace and condoned. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
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.