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Here is when a civil war is justified

by on Sep.04, 2017, under Posts>Opinions>Politics>Immigration & Globalization>Immigration>Immigration Reform

I am against violence. So I am not against resistance of violence. Violence by the government is still violence. So resistance of violence by the government is justified. This is what tea party people would advocate. But this time they are the ones in control of the government, and the government they are in control of is resorting to violence to get undocumented immigrants, including those who have been cooperating with the government – the DREAMERs, out of the country.

If you have no heart, no ability to reason, you may still want to be trustworthy. How can a government which turns 180 degrees in less than one year be considered trustworthy?

If Americans who care for their image and credibility want to revolt, I think it is justifiable.

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There should be a lawsuit against the North Korean government

by on Aug.28, 2017, under Posts>Opinions>Politics>World Affairs>Human Rights

There should be a lawsuit against the North Korean government over their negligence that resulted in Otto Warmbier’s early death. Prisoners should not be given food that can cause botulism. Makers and sellers of food that causes botulism in the US can be sued. So the North Korean government can be sued for allowing such food to be fed to prisoners as well. The North Korean government may in turn sue their prison food suppliers. This should not be a matter of national sovereignty. This is a matter of universal human rights.

I do not think that going to war with North Korea will bring justice to Otto Warmbier’s family. Many more people will die and yet Otto Warmbier will not be brought back. If we do not want Otto Warmbier to die in vein, let’s try to push for some progress in prisoners’ rights in North Korea.
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Can we use the laws to fight hate speeches?

by on Aug.28, 2017, under Posts>Opinions>Society>Racism

Why is there no any lawsuit against any hate speech? Can’t we sue hate speech rally speakers for defamation or incitement of violence?

By the way, I do not understand why the US government would allow hate speeches to go on. Is there not any criteria to meet for speeches to be allowed to be given in public? The right to free speech should not be in conflicts with the right to be free from being defamed or being physically threatened.

The right to free speech is the right to expression of opinions. Defamation and incitement of violence are not expression of opinions.

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Governments are there to help “losers”, not to laugh at them

by on Aug.28, 2017, under Posts>Opinions>Politics>Presidential Campaigns

One of the reasons why Hillary Clinton lost last year was that she laughed at “losers” during her campaign. When politicians laugh at people they are supposed to serve, they will lose the chance to serve them. Steve Bannon made the same mistake. Trump was right not to follow Bannon’s lead on this. Even though I do not like Trump or support Trump, I have to be honest about this. Trump is being nice to his supporters, including the worst among them, probably the same way a good parent would be to their worst children. I hope that Trump can turn the worst of his supporters into better people.

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Black lives ALSO matter vs. ONLY Black lives matter

by on Aug.26, 2017, under Posts>Opinions>Society>Racism

I guess one of the reasons why there is a conflict over “Black lives matter” is that different people understand “Black lives matter” differently. Those who champion “Black lives matter” want to stress that Black lives ALSO matter. Those who stress that “All lives matter” think “Black lives matter” means “ONLY Black lives matter”.

When people feel that they are being oppressed, they try hard to assert their rights. If two groups of people both feel that they are being oppressed by the other group of people, they both fight against the other group. That is how two groups get into a fight.

To stop two groups from fighting, politicians and the media need to stop making their group feel that the other group is trying to oppress them or that the other group is the problem, that they need politicians and the media to help them fight the other group. Tension between two groups keeps increasing because politicians and the media want the people to feel that they need politicians and the media to fight against the other group on their behalf. Steve Bannon was one such politician when he was serving in the Trump administration. Trump is less so, but still a rather polarizing politician.

By the way, I don’t think Obama was the one who increased tension between Black and White Americans. Some in the media were.

 

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The fight against racism should not be violent

by on Aug.21, 2017, under Posts>Opinions>Society>Racism

Racism comes from two sources. One is prejudice. The other is the desire for protection of interests.

When people get violent, it is either because they want to protect their interests, or because they disrecpect the people they abuse.

The fight against racism should not be for the protection of interests because there should not be real conflict of interests between those who embrace racism and those who fight against it. The fight against racism should be for overcoming prejudice only. So it should not be violent. If those who fight against racism get violent out of disrespect for those who embrace racism, then they are becoming the people who they fight against.

Most people who fight against racism are not violent. But some are. And those who use force are increasing tension with those who they fight against and invite more violence.

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The wrong approach to combating racism

by on Aug.17, 2017, under Posts>Opinions>Society>Drug Abuse>Posts>Opinions>Society>Racism>Posts>Opinions>Politics>Terrorism

Calling racist people racists will never stop them from being racist. Racists do not reason or reason the way normal people do. And they are very strong-willed. The more they are called racists, the more stubbornly racist they become.

When you want to change them, you can not openly oppose them and make them feel that you are their enemy. So it is actually better that Donald Trump is soft on them, no matter it is because he is racist himself or because he does not want to offend them. Let’s be soft on Donald Trump as well. I used to think that Donald Trump should not be the President. But now I see why we need Donald Trump in the White House. This is the only way to decrease tension with a rather large part of the population. The racists who went to Charlottesville last weekend are not the only racists in the US. There are in fact a lot of racists in the US. That is why there is the Fox News channel.

Fighting racism should be similar to fighting terrorism and drug addiction. We have to find the root cause of the problem. We have to try to help people who embrace racism out. In fact, some racists do do drug and some do get violent.

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These people need help!

by on Aug.15, 2017, under Posts>Opinions>Society>Racism>Posts>Opinions>Politics>Terrorism

I am joining many others to mourn the loss of Heather Heyer, who was killed in Charlottesville, Virginia last Saturday. (To find out more about her, please read “Heather Heyer is a civil rights martyr“) As far as I know, she is the third person since Trump got into office who has been killed by a white supremacist while fighting racism. I really do not want anyone else to be killed in their fight against racism.

Please do not to get into a physical confrontation with those who disagree with you. Go online to have a debate, or hold your own rally (as suggested by David Swanson in Top 10 Misconceptions About Charlottesville). And try in your daily life to help people who hold extreme views out, not to get them into even more troubles.

Whenever people become violent, what we should see is that they need help. Something is not quite right in their lives or they think that something is not quite right in their lives, and so they are acting out. Extremism is not a solution to their problems. But extremism is a signal that we should not miss. It is like cancer. It is better viewed as a sign that something need to change or be done to bring harmony back to the society rather than something to fight against or eliminate. When the society returns to harmony, extremism will go away.

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May Liu Xiaobo Rest In Peace

by on Jul.14, 2017, under Posts>Opinions>Politics>World Affairs>Human Rights

I admire Liu Xiaobo for his passion and love for his country and his people, as well as his courage to fight for what he thought was right. Xi Jinping lacks the courage to do anything a little bit differently. That was why there was no pardon for Liu Xiaobo. (People in power are rarely brave enough to do things differently because they do not want to lose allies or be seen as dictators.) It is very regretful that Liu had to die so soon. I think his bad health had to do with his unhappiness with politics in China. And his imprisonment could have made it worse. Same thing happened to Lynne Stewart. I hope people do not get imprisoned for their political believes.

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Would it be better if the Russians had helped Hillary Clinton instead?

by on Jul.13, 2017, under Posts>Opinions>Politics>Presidential Campaigns

To be honest, I hope that Trump is out of the White House sooner rather than later because of his stance on immigration and many other issues. But I wonder why people are having problems with information concerning a presidential candidate being exposed by the Russians rather than by Americans. If the information was important to American voters and it was not fake or distorted, did it matter who revealed it?

If the Russians did have information damaging to a presidential candidate that American voters should be given, should they have withheld it from the American public to help that candidate?

By the way, if the Russians did have information concerning Hillary Clinton, I think they would have sent it to Wikileaks or some news outlets or published it in their own news media rather than giving it to the Trump campaign. What was to gain by the Russians to give it to the Trump campaign? I feel that the meeting arranged for Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer was a setup rather than a real operation initiated by the Russian government. I think the Russians are good spies and would not do anything as stupid as that. Also, if it was indeed a setup, that would explain why the emails between Donald Trump Jr. and the Russian lawyer had been obtained by the American media before Donald Trump Jr. made them public. The Russians would not have revealed the emails themselves if they did in fact try to set up a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. given that fact that they are not admitting that they had tried to help the Trump campaign.

I hope that the Trump opposition, if such thing does exist, can come up with better ways to defeat Trump rather than clinging to this Russian collusion theory that will go nowhere.

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