World stability is over: Trump represents an irreversible break with world stability. More than half a century of balanced security has morphed into a tweeting game of political poker where no one knows what hand Trump will unfold. Trump is proudly selfish, guided by the principle of doing whatever is good for Trump. From here on out, former friends, allies and foes alike know only that it is not the principle at stake but the “deal” that counts. Every assumption of inter-reliances among the nations of the world is in turmoil. Every treaty, agreement, or alliance is up for grabs. Trump negotiates by keeping others guessing. No nation makes reasonable plans when they feel insecure. Exploiters take advantage during periods of insecurity. Trump has told the world of his selfish agenda. The lid has been irrevocably opened on Pandora’s box. Every nation will now be directed by selfish aims. No longer will what is good for the planet and mankind be part of the process. All wars start when nations feel insecure. Little people always get hurt. Trump wins no matter what. Greed is in the ascendant. Fairness and balance are dead. Banding together is how other nations will respond to the selfishness of Trump’s New World Order. Mark as a prime example, the UN’s recent condemnation of Israel’s continued resettlement program as “shameful and dangerous to peace.” Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Policing like soldiers not peacemakers: Chicago police are under pressure from lawsuits over shooting unarmed blacks and have been chastised by the Justice Department for illegal “stop and frisk” profiling. Billions are being paid out by cities for police shooting settlements. In Chicago Police have retaliated against oversight requirements and ceased to enforce normal suspect detentions. Chicago police “Stops” have fallen from several hundred per day to less than twenty. With limited policing, gangs have gone on shooting sprees. Chicago homicides are up several hundred over 2015. With Chicago police doing the minimum requirement, arrests are a fraction of the previous year. The Chicago Chief of Police has suggested hiring more patrol officers. Black residents of the city respond saying, “If more officers are hired and do no more than those already not doing their job, costs will rise without results.” Chicago is in a standoff. Chicago police (as well as most police forces across America) resent oversight. Most police forces are still training policemen to be soldiers not peacemakers. If the training is wrong, police work creates more problems than it resolves. Profiling is wrong. Blacks are a hundred times more likely to get stopped and frisked than whites. Blacks youths need jobs where they are not the last one hired and the first fired. You can’t expect people to act like good citizens when blacks are condemned to a concentration camp culture. You can’t expect a man to be a productive citizen when he is constantly disrespected just because of the color of his skin. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Congressional gridlock to accelerate: Congressional gridlock is polarized politics. Americans have no faith in Congress because of partisanship. “No compromise” is dysfunctional government. Trump now complicates an already chaotic situation with the element of indifference. The Donald is not interested in “getting things done.” The Donald is about “what is good for Trump is good for America.” Polarization, partisanship, and dysfunction are interchangeable with gridlock. Add indifference to the equation and you have Congressional Gridlock Acceleration. Ideas once came to Washington to grow; now they are stillborn, crushed by the weight of dishonest debate. Fake news from Fox makes a lie heard a thousand times into dishonest arguments. Allowing fake news a seat at the table upset the bandwagon of progress (I love two metaphors in one sentence). We need a new branch of government; the Ministry of Public Trust, where all news will be analyzed, evaluated and administered by the truth, to the best of our abilities. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, Ca.
Wasted lives and money: $1.4 Billion dollars was paid out in settlements for “Police Misconduct” by US cities in 2011 (WSJ). Tens of millions of dollars is charged to the public each year for deaths as a result of police shootings here in LA. Police shooting deaths of unarmed men represents a major portion of taxpayer settlements. Most of the unarmed men that are killed by police each year in the US are black. Why don’t we drastically reduce the costs and numbers of unarmed black men who are killed each year by police shootings? Don’t we need those men and that money for something better than death? Do we have a law enforcement mentality that is still geared to the military when it should have evolved into community relations? Law and Order should not be-after-the-fact suppression of violence, but prevention oriented. In police training, drawing a weapon should be a last resort not the too-early intention. Protecting police is a priority, but a weapon in hand may kill more than save. Maybe we need to aim conduct more toward productive policing and away from confrontation. Maybe we need to analyze exactly what the term “policing” should mean? The bottom line is too many lives and too much money are being wasted on existing conduct termed Misconduct. So let’s stop waiting to judge police conduct until after the fact and examine the mentality that trains overly aggressive conduct in the first place. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
If at first you don’t succeed, find out why? The election was not a crisis of faith but a wake up call to improve. Obama was a landslide, twice. Republican propaganda blunted Clinton fervor. “United to go Forward” did not inspire. Instead, many Democratic workers mistakenly blamed the party in power for the Great Republican Recession. We can’t wait for Trump to fail, we need a message to move us. The Democratic Party needs a dynamic platform we can all get behind and push. Jobs is priority one. Workers have always been a mainstay of the Democratic Party. We must bring jobs to Americans and keep American jobs on the front page. The economy is growing. Those in power will get the credit unless “Democrats show that Democrats grow” by constantly promoting the idea of bringing back new jobs for Americans. We have a lot of needs, but the first and foremost is vitalizing the party platform. Once Democrats are all on board with Jobs for Americans, other priorities follow naturally. Republicans knew the Great Republican Recession would be blamed on the party in power. Republicans spent billions on false malicious propaganda to pin the blame on Obama and then Clinton. Republican propaganda succeeded. That is the lesson. If Democrats fail to generate and repeat a single, clear, magnificent message, the party is headed for more election failures. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Incivility is a byproduct of fake news: : Political Correctness (PC) is a bigot’s term to hide intolerance; a faked “Hate” message implying consideration for the victim is inconsiderate to the perpetrator. Hannity and O’Reilly often toss out the term PC to excoriate the defenseless. Cruel humor is the fake news spin Fox employs to legitimize otherwise unacceptable, low-life language. “Fair and Balanced” is the fake narrative Fox uses as a slogan. Fake news is malicious opinion disguised as fact. Hints of fake news are complaints of government “giveaways.” Conservatives have made a living out of sticking labels on entire groups in order to avoid having to deal with issues. Consider: Helping the poor used to be socially acceptable for whites, but when blacks were given a hand up Reagan used the pejorative “Welfare Queen” to demean government aid as a useless handout. In the 1990s, Gingrich wanted Republicans to consider Democrats as the “enemy,” so no tactic was too low when your political life was on the line. Fox has generated its a nationwide audience by appealing to fake news tabloid tastes. Slander is standard fare at Fox. By the time the truth is told Fox is elsewhere slinging out new unfounded allegations. Fake news, sensationalism, and slander are the marks of “yellow journalism.” Turning news into entertainment has killed the media’s as public watchdogs. Note how freely Crooked Trump labels the crooked media and crooked opponents, or for that matter anyone who disagrees with him. Why listen to boring facts when Fox entertains with trashy perversity? “Trump says what I would like to say,” his supporters join him railing against normal courtesy like drunks in a bar. Fake terms and fake news is a cheap shot, a blindside punch, and a spineless copout for lack of self-responsibility. Fake news isn’t just about fake stories, it’s about fake words and fake narratives that exploit and debase public passions. Inconsideration for others, not money, is the root cause of all evil.
Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
The difference between Nixon and Trump: There is no difference between a self-righteous Republican bagging about principles and Trump who can’t distinguish between his private desires, inner demons, and the public interest. Nixon misused the instruments of government to destroy political opponents, hide financial misdeeds, and deceive the public about Vietnam. Trump has already told the public he will ignore the Constitution, impose a religious test on immigrants and citizens alike, charge the election system with fraud without evidence, and violate the Code of Military Justice by using torture and killing families. Repeatedly Trump has called for use of Nuclear Weapons in the Middle East that will lead to WWIII, attempted to intimidate sitting federal judges to favor litigation in his business properties, and shown enough evidence that he should be impeached for Incompetensus Dementus. While the public has lost faith in the press as a watchdog of government, no public leader will stand up to Trump’s bullying and intimidation and expose the criminal history of his companies doing business with Iran, Cuba, China and Russia’s invasion of the Crimea. The FBI, formerly “Deep Throat” in Watergate, sabotaged Clinton at the eleventh hour, too late for explanations. Did the Russians hack the Wikileaked emails? Was the Russians hack of America’s electoral system payback to Putin’s favorite Trump? Did the Republican Party commit more of the same fraud means used in 2012 to gerrymander the electors into choosing Republican candidates? Clinton won the popular vote by over two million. Clinton lost swing states by less than in the ten thousands. Trump claimed millions of illegal immigrants (who cannot vote) fraudulently voted for Clinton. Meanwhile millions of US citizens were kept from the voting polls by pseudo-fraudulent Republican voting restrictions. The difference between Nixon and Trump is the watchdogs of government are asleep in their kennels. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.