Outrage — A Liberal Manifesto
I’m publishing this series of articles to share and discuss my ruminations on coping with a troubled and messy world. Please “follow” me to never miss an article.
I feel nothing but outrage towards the Supreme Court’s most recent decisions regarding Guns and Abortions.
The following capture more fully my sentiments on the major issues of the day. They are not negotiable in any way. Having said this, I do not pretend that all Liberals would necessarily agree with them.
One, Trump did not win the last election, PERIOD! This is so fundamental that anything to the contrary is a non-starter. End of discussion.
Two, the January 6th Hearings established beyond any doubt that Donald Trump is guilty of inciting violence, and thereby of Treason. Indeed, recent polls suggest that 60% of the public believes that Trump should be criminally charged for his role in the insurrection.[i] I couldn’t concur more.
Three, more guns are not the answer. This nation is awash in guns. It’s an expression of our collective madness. Gun manufacturers have played on our fears ruthlessly to sell weapons that have no place other than war.[ii]
We cannot continue to live in perpetual fear. More than ever, sensible gun laws are needed.
Four, banning Abortions puts women’s lives in dire jeopardy. Even granting that life begins at conception, it does not follow that a woman should not have the right to decide whether to carry a child to full term or not.
Not every woman has the emotional, financial, and broader support needed to care for a child. They should not be forced to.
Whether or not all Liberals would agree, they certainly capture my feelings.
A House So Divided Cannot Stand.
[i] Merdie Nzanga, “Nearly 6 in 10 Americans say Trump should be criminally charged for his role in Jan. 6, ABC poll says,” USA Today.
[ii] “Mass shooters’ favorite gun,” The Week, June17, 2022, p. 11.
Mike McIntire, Glenn Thrush, and Eric Lipton, “How Gun Maker Harness Fear to Supercharge Sales,” The New York Times, Sunday June 19, 2022, pp 1,16
Ian I. Mitroff is credited as being one of the principal founders of the modern field of Crisis Management. He has a BS, MS, and a PhD in Engineering and the Philosophy of Social Systems Science from UC Berkeley. He Is Professor Emeritus from the Marshall School of Business and the Annenberg School of Communication at USC. Currently, he is a Senior Research Affiliate in the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management, UC Berkeley. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Management. He has published 41 books. His latest is: The Socially Responsible Organization: Lessons from Covid, Springer, New York, 2022.