Hatred in America

There’s so much hatred in this country, so much violence and disrespect shown to our president by too many of our own citizens! This last stunt by Kathy Griffin holding a severed, bloodied head, resembling President Trump, for me, was the last straw in the so-called “free speech” in America! What’s funny about seeing that horror on a video? Was is funny when 11-year-old Barron Trump saw his father’s head hanging from this ignorant woman’s hand as he ran screaming from the room to his mother? Franklin Graham spoke of how he counsels families every day that had a loved one decapitated by ISIS! Was that funny to them?

Every week night, Jimmy Fallon spends the first 10 minutes of his monologue making fun of President Trump. Calling him names and just making mock-sport of the entire office of the president. Maybe he could do a better job? He sure isn’t funny anymore! Madonna threatened to blow up the White House, Rosie O’Donnell and Joy Behar say vicious, nasty things about President Trump. Woopie Goldberg said if Donald Trump became president she would leave the country. Why are you still here Woopie? These so- called comedians need to be held responsible for their words and their actions. If they had pulled any of this garbage on former President Obama, they would have been locked up by now!

On the other side of the story, Tim Allen’s top-rated TV program, “Still Standing,” has been canceled because Mr. Allen had the audacity to be a pro-Trump celebrity who had only good things to say about our president on his show! What does that tell you folks?

The truth of the matter is Hillary Clinton supporters are hateful losers. The people have voted, and Hillary “You Lost!” Get over it and tell your depraved minions to put on their big kid panties and get over it! Americans put up with eight years of that idiot Obama. He was elected, so we just had to deal with it. But, if anyone had ever held up a severed, bloodied head of Obama, they would have been locked up for hate crimes, and treason, simply because he was black! President Trump doesn’t have the race card to play!

Satan is working overtime in America, trying to take us down from the inside out. He only wins if we don’t hold people accountable for their actions, no matter if they are Joe Blow Citizen or a celebrity. Other countries take it very serious when anyone goes against their leader and are dealt with swiftly. Why don’t we do the same? If we don’t have respect from our own citizens, how can we ever expect other countries to take us serious and not look at us as a big joke?

From day one, President Trump has had to fight against the Democrats to get anything passed. It’s the Republicans against the Democrats, no matter what the issue. If they can’t play nice together and work, “For the People,” they need to be replaced!

Connie JuLaine Ramos

Victorville

Founded on faith

Despite popular myth, our nation was not founded on a particular religious belief, it was founded to be religiously neutral, which is why our founding fathers repeatedly spoke of a “separation between church and state.” The government never “printed Bibles for everyone” and if colleges were based on Christian beliefs that was their choice, not the government’s.

Since white people came uninvited to this country, certain groups have used their extreme religious beliefs to justify witch trials, slavery, genocide of Native Americans, lynching of African Americans, anti-Semitism, homophobia, segregation, internment of Japanese, sexism and even mass murder, all while telling us that anyone who disagrees with them disagrees with God.

This is not what our country is based on, and those who cannot see this are just as frightening and dangerous as other religious fanatics in the world today. Just ask those who have lost loved ones in violence against abortion providers.

Tracy Sommerville-Robbins

Hesperia

SS surplus of $2.8 trillion

The statement “Social Security will be bankrupt by 2030” parrots GOP propaganda and frightens grandma unnecessarily. Stop saying that.

The United States Social Security Administration that counts the money says: Social Security faces funding challenges, but not immediately and certainly not bankruptcy.

Benefits are paid through payroll taxes collected from current workers and their employers, and the program currently operates with a surplus of about $2.8 trillion.

So “Social Security will be broke in 2030” conflates funding and reserves with bankruptcy. Yes, reserves could run out by 2034, but Social Security would not be bankrupt. If nothing changed, it could pay benefits until 2090. More retirees and a drop in birthrate would slow funding, but it would not be bankrupt. That’s per the people who hold the checkbook, not me.

Want something to be scared of? Try the proposed Trump budget that bleeds Social Security and Medicare funding by way of the budget process. It’s a stealth effort to destroy those programs. Parroting bankruptcy myths help no one. If that budget is blessed by the House, we seniors had better sign up for the soup kitchen. We’ll need it.

You think “they” won’t harm Medicare or Social Security? Better hope you’re right and your loyalty to Dear Leader will not have been misplaced. So keep chanting your mantra, “Give Trump a chance." I’m sure that will help a lot.

Virgil Jose

Apple Valley

Working to get ahead

I know it’s difficult for conservatives to understand anything that doesn’t come from Fox “News,” but the truth of the matter is that most Americans today are hard-working people facing a system that is rigged against them so that the vast majority of our nation’s wealth has been amassed by a small percentage of its people, forcing many to need government assistance, like food stamps, just to make ends meet and support their families.

Now President Trump and the Republicans want to make it harder for such families by repeating the lie that all those who get such assistance are just lazy slackers that are “taking other people’s money” to dupe even those who receive or need such aid into supporting their efforts to deny those in need so they can give more tax breaks to our country’s wealthiest citizens. And while we’re at it, let’s take away what little health care they have as well because they’re obviously not working hard enough to earn it.

While those who cheat the system do exist, they make up a very tiny percentage of those who receive such aid. But conservatives want to punish everyone in need for the crimes of a very few. This is obscene and inhumane but it has become typical of the mentality promoted by right today, who chose to demonize the less fortunate rather than help them.  I’d much rather have a bleeding heart than a black one.

Ralph Walters

Hesperia