A dangerous child is in the White House: Trump is death and chaos at our doorstep. With his childish lack of anger control and a fickle finger on the nuclear button, Trump represents millions of dead in days over offhand juvenile remarks such as, “We’re going to bring fire and fury (to North Korea) like the world has never seen.” Nuclear Chicken is for immature delinquents. Diplomatic policy at the point of a gun, or a blabbermouth, kills and cripples millions. Just like the invasion of Iraq brought us ISIS and a flood of refugees, bombing North Korea will open the doors for a worldwide Asian intifada against the United States. For eight years Obama controlled the North Korean threat by backing down Kim Il Jong skillfully altering the carrot and the stick. Trash talk from boastful far right blowhards to nuke the slopes back to kingdom come, means annihilating South Korea, boatloads of millions of fleeing Asians, and market crashing entire economies overnight. The UN just negotiated a peaceful agreement with N. Korea, backed by a non-partisan US congress. Then this child with no control mouths off in a position supreme power to ruin peace with an outrageous blunder. No not Kim Jung un, Donald Trump! Now we have two megalomaniacs ranting at each other, threatening millions of innocent lives. Trump backers don’t believe death will happen to them, but they are ready to killing half the world to save themselves. Remember the Nazi War Crimes. Unlawful presidential orders should not be obeyed by the military. Murder by Presidential tweet is still murder, and murder is never pro-life. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
The Terrorist Straw Man: 44,000 Americans die every year because they don’t have access to health insurance. Media reports on terror to raise ratings. Right wing hucksters talk about terror to stir up their base. Republicans use the idea of terror as a Red Herring to distract from their economic failure. Terror is even used to double the military budget, but terrorists are not invading America. You are more likely to die taking a bath than from the hands of a foreign terrorist. American terrorists kill more Americans than foreign terrorists. Thousands of American children go hungry in school so the military can bomb innocent families in Syria? How many thousands of Syrian terrorists are invading America? Hysteria in Iraq created ISIS, endless war, and history’s worst refugee crisis. The Iraq war waisted over $2 trillion unbudgeted dollars, four-thousand four hundred US young soldier’s lives, and hundreds of thousands of innocent victims. Mongering terrorism is yelling fire in a crowed theater. Idiots are ready to shut down government because they don’t have enough money to start another war. We are living in a culture of war. We are not winning the war on terrorism, we are creating more terrorism. The Iraq war did nothing to protect America. Fifteen years of war in Afghanistan has not saved America. Patriotism is helping Americans at home, not policing the planet. Rep. Paul Ryan asks how would we pay for Rep. Bernie Sander’s “free college.” Stop funding the $2 trillion dollar war in Afghanistan. The politics of war lead to more war. The poor and the middle class don’t need bullets, they need libraries. Small government is government control. Democracy is big ideas, spread out interests, competition compromising for progress. Why in the world spend $1.45 trillion on the F-35 airplane, while 20 veterans commit suicide every day, not on the battlefield, but in beds here at home? Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
The Conservative Delusion: “I don’t know when we stopped being self-sufficient” is a typical conservative social comment currently in fashion. The truth is America has never been a country of self-sufficient people. Poor people can’t be self-sufficient. Mostly they get buy, get sick or get dead. Sick people can’t take care of themselves. The injured, disabled, handicapped, elderly, and the too young always need help. In point of fact, better than sixty percent of the population of the United States has never been “self-sufficient.” Community welfare has always been extremely limited. Most communities just suffer. In the nineteenth century life expectancy was half of what it is today. People who have suffered because of accidents, crime, neglect, and bad luck are seldom self-sufficient. Mothers with children, no spouse or a drunk for a husband have a real hard time living let alone being self-sufficient. Minorities constantly degraded, jobless, and without hope, last to be hired, first to be fired, living in ghettos, working two jobs with no transportation have always found it virtually impossible to to be self-sufficient. When it comes down to it, it takes a really a self-centered conservative wearing cultural blinders to think him or herself, let alone our society, as self-sufficient. Most government laws help those who already have most of what they need. Government welfare makes business more profitable, government funds mostly improve already better schools, government builds roads and bridges for people who have vehicles to use them. Marginalized citizens don’t care about doubling the defense budget. Law and order without justice is for white people. Our tax system favors homeowners while redlining higher insurance rates for the poor and minorities. Conservatives are deluding themselves into believing self-sufficiency is admirable. They really want a meAmerica, or at least a me-first America not a weAmerica. American society is polarized today, just as badly as it was in 1817 or 1860 or 1950, because too many people think too many people are getting more than they deserve. The mission of our country is for everyone to work to promote prosperity among all Americans not just for crooks who can rig elections. The purpose of government is to help people do things they cannot do on their own. The welfare of the public is the purpose of government. Self-sufficiency is for hermits. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Trump Trash Talk: Anyone inclined to pity Republican support of Trump has only to hear Trump speak publicly to admit they are knowingly associating with a con man and a crook. Trump Talk is studded with glittering generalities like “everyone knows” demonstrating lack of information not proof. Trump errors are listener misinterpretations and mistakes, or deliberate misquotes backed by threats, disdain, accusations, and slander. Loyalty is one-way, blame is always on someone else. The opposition is deliberately denigrated, accompanied by slurs, innuendo, and lies. Trump Talk is the false bravado of fake wrestling, the mindless banter of circus barkers, and the smooth sneakiness of street junkies. Equating Trump Talk with “plain talk” is plain stupid, akin to pandering a thief as misunderstood. Trump Talk always includes at least one lie. Trump cannot even talk about his family without lying about something. Trump Talk is lies to cover up lies. Trump lies so often that his lies have become commonplace, business as usual, like a politician who is lying when he says I am no politician. Trump Talk is cleaning up the swamp of Washington by instead filling his cabinet with purely predatory business thieves, incompetent flunkies and election hacks. Trump Talk is expanding the wars in the Middle East only to find his generals telling him he is losing on every front. Trump Talk is about new jobs that were actually on the docket since 2016 and an economy moving forward at the same pace as eight years under Obama. Trump Talk is disruption, setting faction against faction, put downs to make himself look good, and talking out of both sides of the mouth so as to appear on both sides an issue. Trump Talk is deliberately misleading and irrationally derived, like using a hammer to swat a fly in a splashy display of showmanship. Trump Talk is business BS laced with good old boy bar room banter, saying whatever you can get away with until you get caught. Trump Talk is a total disregard of manners, ethics, and morality, all talk and no walk. Trump Talk is trash talk from someone uncultured and flaunting ignorance, someone loved by his ignominious base as he debases the office of the presidency. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Pro profit is not pro-life: Pricing people with pre-existing medical conditions out of health insurance will kill tens of thousands of Americans every year. Trumpcare is proof that, to Republicans, profit is more valuable than life. Stripping healthcare from 23 to 36 million Americans in order to give tax breaks to the very wealthy and to insurance corporations is not pro-life. Refusing maternity care, making insurance more expensive and harder to access, and taking away healthcare from millions of American women and children is not pro-life. Slashing Medicaid that saves lives with disabilities, low income and elderly care is not pro-life. Raising the military budget to kill hundreds of thousands of innocent families in the Middle East is not pro-life. Expanding the private prison system to accommodate more and longer jail sentences is not pro-life. Back-alley abortions is not pro-life. The litany of so-called pro-life hypocrisy is enough to gag any decent American citizen. Republicans don’t care a fig that Trump is a President who brings down American dignity as long as they can make a profit from his plutocracy. Life is on the line. Repeal and replace is an undertaker’s dream. Death is Trumpcare’s greatest benefit. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Trump and Obama job numbers the same: In June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the U.S. economy gained 222,000, (forecast 178,000), a boost to the Trump administration. However, no boost to Trump can be claimed since, in June, 2016, the economy added 287,000 jobs outperforming projections (forecast 180K) by over 100,000 jobs. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump was repeatedly disparaging of the jobs numbers under Obama, and called the economy a “disaster.” He lied then as he continues to lie now. The U.S. economy is identical under Trump and Obama. The average new jobs are the same under Trump and Obama. The unemployment rate in 2016 and 2017 increased in 2016 to 4.9 percent from May’s 4.7 while June 2017’s unemployment rate ticked up to 4.4 from the 4.3 in May. Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi said, “We’ve been creating close to 200,000 jobs a month for more than seven years,” this despite early horrible jobs numbers thanks to the Great Recession. In support of Trump lies, White House Press Secretary and acting Communications Director Sean Spicer retweeted the Free Beacon Press and erroneously celebrated June job employment as a new record.” Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
In search of a greater purpose: Repeal and replace is a fish story wrapped in newsprint to hide the smell of American Greed. Medicaid covers 75 million Americans, 1/5th of our nation, 34 million children, 11 million disabled, and 7 million elderly, many living in nursing facilities. All their lives Medicaid adults were tax-paying contributors until skyrocketing heathcare greed consumed them. Republicans claim we can’t afford Medicaid, yet the hypocritical BS voted $1.45 trillion dollars for an airplane to bomb families with children in Syria. Another smelly tale Republicans haul out of the trash is, States can best care for their own. Seventeen Republican controlled States don’t participate in Medicaid and already have the heartbreakingly worst health records. Repeal and replace is a trillion dollars tax break for America’s wealthiest. American greed is a killer of Americans who care. Republican try to distract with outrageous balderdash like, “Why should men pay for women’s prenatal care?” or “Getting sick is your own fault, not mine.” Any party of small government is a party of small minds with deep pockets. Greed must be suborned to a greater purpose in life. We need to eulogize selfless deeds, stop worshiping wealth, and start praising the nobility of public mission. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.