War, the American way of life: There are few scenes more heart-rendering than a parent or spouse overwhelmed by the death of a loved one. The sorrowful pieta sculptures and paintings attest to the universal angst of untimely demise. Despite the hundreds of thousands of loved ones killed and the tens of millions permanently injured––both a devastating loss and a horrendous burden on all society––the US has spurred the apocalypse more often than any other nation over the past century; thirty-five separate non-stop wars over the past seven decades. One million, three hundred thousand US soldiers are presently in harms’ way, war-ready at foreign military bases around the world––more than half in the Middle East, the other half in Asia, Africa and Europe, with a smattering in South America. Only 1% of the mighty US military machine stands guard along US bastions in defense of the homeland. Meanwhile billions and billions of dollars in US military weaponry, enough to wipe out the world, is housed on foreign soil. Wars in the Middle East involving US combat forces and US weapons have killed and maimed and made homeless more civilians—fathers and mothers, husbands and wives and their children than all other US wars combined. The so-called US Department of Defense does not exist for the “Defense” of America. US soldiers are stationed around the world, not to defend and protect the US, but to ensure our national interests. A military-backed foreign policy is how the US pursues its so-called national defense. War to protect “standard oil” is now the American way of life. Like ancient Rome, military aggression has become a substitute for diplomacy, constant war and constant death in the place of negotiated peace. Someone should do something to correct our errant way of life. Someone should step up to right this wrong. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Crimes against humanity: International courts deal with crimes against humanity––genocide, torture, political, racial or religious persecution––by using human rights as a framework of justice. But there is another sort of crime-against-humanity created by social beliefs and political considerations. Denial of man-made climate change, for example, is a social and political issue that is endangering not only the planet but the all mankind. Segments of society that consider climate change hoax are endangering everybody along with themselves. Denial of the existence of climate change and therefore endangering the general public makes denial of climate change a crime. And, not only is such denial a crime in itself, but the mass action of denial impedes finding a reasonable solution. Humanity cannot wait for climate change deniers to accept reality. We must halt the deluge of CO2 emissions or we will all suffer the catastrophic consequences. For the good of the planet and for the good of all mankind, climate change deniers must be treated as social criminals and exposed for the dangers that climate change denial represents and publicly labeled as committing crimes against humanity. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
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.