Trump elected by suppressing the vote: Clinton won the popular vote by over 3 million, but lost the electoral college by three key states; Michigan by 10K votes, WI 23K, and PA 68K. Meanwhile 3 million registered voters, who had voted twice for Obama, were unable to vote in Republican controlled states due to new, highly-discriminating voter ID requirements. White male control of politics has been in decline for decades. The Gerrymandering of Republican controlled state voting districts in 2012 was the first results of white legislators backlash restricting Democrat voting rights. Forget about Russian hacking, forget Comey’s dagger to Clinton’s back, forget all the UNPROVEN fake news and Republican scandals. Trump won by electoral votes given to gerrymandered state electors in key margin states manipulated long before the election behind the scenes by white legislators under the false premise of (non-existent) voter fraud. If only Wisconsin and Michigan’s voter districts had been contested before the election, Clinton would have been the obvious winner. All the experts were correct. All the credible pre-election polls were correct. Hillary Clinton should have been the overwhelming winner. But it was state legislators and state electors, not the actual American voters, who gave the 2016 election to Trump, the worst representative of a human being ever to run for office. Just like 2008 Republicans were willing to let the American economy go down the tubes in order to maintain political power, 2016 Republicans are willing to risk WWIII to regain political power. Americans resented a black man as President, but it was white legislators who sold the American dream of an equal democracy down the river all for the sake of local politics. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
No man can call his presidency just that is not just himself: I don’t care about America First. I want an American president who is honorable. Someone who cheats on their taxes, cheats on their military obligation, and cheats employees, contractors, and competition is telling me loud and clear, he will cheat the American Public. Enough BS about giving Cheater-Trump a chance. The leopard does not change its spots. Enough BS about unity. Eight years of Republican “make Obama fail” is proof of Republican dishonesty. No man can call his presidency just that is not just himself. Cheater-Trump promises to oust the elite and fills his cabinet with white male billionaires, while national elite flock to inauguration festivities. Cheater-Trump promises to resurrect the nation’s tombstone, rusted-out factories, while thousands of manufacturers close every month. Obama brought back ten million jobs after the Great Republican Recession despite eight years of Republican gridlock. Enough about ‘forgotten’ workers. Cheater-Trump is not going raise the minimum wage, not going to provide heathcare for uninsured workers, and certainly not going to bring back outdated manufacturing. Cheater-Trump has a sad, dark vision for America’s future. The only way to deal with a nightmare is to wake up, get the facts from a credible source, and get politically active. Wait and see is a lousy strategy when your life is under the knife of reprivatizing heathcare. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
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.