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.
No saving grace voting for a racist: Articles about the legitimate concerns of Trump voters are full of BS. Trump support was the middle finger from Backward America. Clinton Haters––that’s what they are––not “legitimately-concerned citizens” demonized Clinton’s alleged “pay for play,” while blatantly ignoring Trump illegally selling of weapons to Iran, computers to China, and helping Russia invade the Crimea. So-called, principled Americans railed against government million-dollar giveaways, while tax dodging corporations (Trump, the elite example) stole trillions in tax dollars hoarding them in overseas’ safe-havens. The Great Republican Recession took away your good paying jobs. Republican corporations moved your manufacturing overseas. Republicans in Congress sabotaged your economic recovery over and over just to make Obama look bad. But instead of blaming Republican crooks you label the good guys crooks. Whites in the South and in the North have kept blacks in a concentration-camp culture on the bottom rung for centuries. Blacks plead for Justice, and right away you sick the dogs on them. Don’t tell me you’re ignored and left behind. Republicans will gut Obamacare yet your family relies on it. Elitists aren’t making fun of you. You are making fun of yourselves, parading for dirty oil and coal, protesting contraception, and fighting the first real healthcare reform in sixty years. There is no saving grace in voting for a self-declared racist, liar, tax cheat, draft dodger, con man, sexist, crooked boss, and rotten father and husband. Electing Trump made America less great. But that’s not why you shot the finger. You’re just fed up with folks dinging you that Backwards in America are wrong. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
The election was a lot of noise in the wrong direction: I thought we had grown as a nation. I can see now that meaningful change to many meant no change. Ignorance, intolerance, bigotry and hypocrisy are acceptable if they pad the pocketbook. Selfishness did not come out of the woodwork, it is the woodwork. White workers saw only their loss of special white privileges. Yearning for a past they grew up in, they could not recognize its white privileged lifestyle. White Americans live in a highly competitive white dominated society. If you ask about white supremacy, however, they don’t understand the concept. They do not understand Law and Order is a white man’s concern. Without Justice, Law and Order is keeping blacks in their place. Allowing religion to determine marriage and women’s rights is white religious issue. Declaring blacks have an equal opportunity and don’t need a hand up is a white educational issue. Letting corporations decide who gets health insurance and at what prices is a white health issue. National defense is white issue. National security is a white issue. Mortgage tax deductions are a white issue. Most blacks don’t own homes. I am ashamed for all those who voted for a self-proclaimed racist. The problem is they aren’t ashamed of themselves. One thing for sure, if Trump leads to disaster, Republicans will spend billions to blame Democrats just as they spent billions to demonize Clinton and blamed worker losses on Obama instead of the Great Republican Recession. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.