Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | June 7, 2018

Ranter’s Note:

I want to welcome our newest contributor to the Gazette, Ashley Calkins (see page 8), and I hope she continues submitting opinion pieces. I will, however, caution her to in the future, avoid putting down a large segment of the population and limit the use of personal attacks on our president. Phrases such as, “The cowardice of many has created the terror that is our president, the ignorance of our masses has allowed him to gain office,” and “where a homophobic, sexist, racist man is our president,” will ultimately delegitimize her opinion with many readers and jeopardize the value of her other points.

What Really Matters 

While listening to the mind-numbing campaign ads leading up to Tuesday night for Gavin Newsom, Xavier Becerra and even Diane Feinstein, I kept thinking that the things they were touting as the reason to vote for them really don’t matter, or actually affect the majority of us in our day to day living. In some cases, such as immigration issues, their policies could actually hurt and disrupt day to day living.

Going back to what I wrote last week, Democrat ads promote the right to marry the person you love, LGBT rights, providing health care to every citizen, taking on the NRA, taking on the Trump administration to defend the Affordable Care Act and DACA, fighting against the Muslim travel ban, the EPA’s air quality standards and the plan to build a wall along the California border. Of course, supporting immigrants, their rights, providing benefits and protecting them from law enforcement, are their big ones.


Republicans, however, implore that California is in trouble with the highest state income tax in the nation – ranking dead last in business friendliness, and the highest poverty rate in the country. The unfunded public pension liability has reached a critical stage, and there is huge risk of not being able to fund the public retiree health care liability. The middle class is being smothered with high state sales tax, high gas taxes, traffic fines, and utility rates.

What confounds me is how Democrats think their issues are so critical to so many people, while ignoring the issues that seem so important. If the socioeconomic status of folks is in chaos, what good do their liberal campaign points do to help those they’re trying to get votes from?           

Do these Democratic candidates actually care about the people they want votes from? Do they really feel strongly about the issues they put forth?  Could it be that they’re just using feel-good, emotional, idealistic motivation to get votes, without regard for what could help or prevent real harm to those they hope to represent, serve and supposedly care about?

What’s Really Scary:

What scares me is that it appears the majority of California voters have bought into this liberal nonsense, with nearly 48 million voting for Feinstein, Newsom and Becerra alone on Tuesday. While I’m not going to claim that those voters represent “the ignorance of our masses,” it is concerning that they feel the thoughts of these candidates is what will enable a better life for them and their families (those here legally, anyway).

I’m no sociologist or psychologist, but it seems to me many of the folks who vote for these liberal candidates are putting a misplaced reliance on government for substantive and emotional foundations for their lives. Many don’t see that these foundations need to come from faith, family, self reliance and hard work. The government exists as a peripheral means of support for us, not the be-all-end-all of existence. It is well documented that if a society that heads in the direction we are (especially California), it plows into a heap of trouble!

Another Gem:

Someone sent me this gem that I can’t pass up sharing:   

 Let’s see if I got this right!

If you cross the North Korean border illegally, you get 12 years hard labor.  

If you cross the Iranian border illegally, you are detained indefinitely.

If you cross the Afghan border illegally, you get shot.

If you cross the Saudi Arabian border illegally, you will be jailed.

If you cross the Chinese border illegally, you may never be heard from again.

If you cross the Venezuelan border illegally, you will be branded a spy and your fate will be sealed.

If you cross the Cuban border illegally, you will be thrown into political prison to rot.

If you cross the U.S. border illegally, you get …
A job, a drivers license, social security card, welfare, food stamps, credit cards, subsidized rent or a loan to buy a house, free education, free health care, a lobbyist in Washington, billions of dollars worth of public documents printed in your language, the right to carry your country’s flag while you protest that you don’t get enough respect, and, in many instances, you can vote.

I just wanted to make sure I had a firm grasp of the situation!

 Quips, Quotes & Headlines:

 “Voters are going to have a real choice this November between a Governor who is going to stand up to Donald Trump or a foot soldier in Trump’s war on California.”  (Gavin Newsom)

*The war on California is going to be fought by you Mr. Newsom, and you won’t realize it until it’s too late!  (Me)

“We are going to take this state and we are going to make it livable and affordable.” (John Cox)

“Gavin Newsom wants to turn this state into Venezuela – we’re not going to let him.” (John Cox)

*One can only imagine how sweet it would be with a huge upset in November. (Me)

Primary night is over and the Democrats averted total disaster in California (Headline)

*Is it all possible our side could pull the type of upset Trump did in 2016? (Me)

Russia probe has cost taxpayers nearly $17 million since Mueller’s appointment (Headline)

*What’s a measly $17 million when we’re $20 trillion in debt already? As Nancy Pelosi would say, ‘$17 million is just crumbs.’ (Me)

Samantha Bee’s vile insults against Ivanka Trump and others are liberal media’s late-night business model.  (Headline)

*This whole hypocritical thing with the media has reached sickening proportions (see Letter to the Ranter below).  (Me)

“The lowest unemployment in recorded American history. Thank you, Mr. President.” (James Wood, Actor)

“Those jobs of the past are just not going to come back, what magic wand does Trump have?”  (Barack Obama)

“May’s jobs report shows that strong employment numbers mean little to the families hit with soaring new costs under the Republicans’ watch.  Republicans’ cruel, cynical health care sabotage campaign is already spiking families’ premiums by double digits and pushing millions off their coverage, according to the nonpartisan CBO,” (Nancy Pelosi)

“Pelosi is terrified that Americans are working again, of course. The entire Democrat strategy is based on welfare, illegal immigration, and taxing those who work and create. Misery and poverty are the recruiting engine of the Democratic Party.”  (James Wood)

Letter to the Ranter:
So ABC cancels an entire show and cast (of which only one made a silly and innocuous tweat).  What about when an ABC star called someone the n-word. Nothing happened. What about when liberal fool Joy Behar called all Christians mentally ill. Nothing. (it is her and stupid goldberg who are mentally ill). What about lies and slander and hatred and death threats by ABC shows against the president. No repremands, no firing. Seems if you support that mentally ill maniac liar Hillary, you can do and say anything and get away with it. But a trump supporter with one demb tweet that she tried to immediatley delete, and apologize for. All hell breaks loose. ABC does not and never had any moral values. They once broadcast a totally lying documentary about 15 years ago called “men, sex, and rape,” which made many factually incorrect statement and practically made all men rapists or potential rapists, with leftist women college professors who are the scum of the earth, like catherine mckennon. Shame on ABC, a gutter network, just like CBS, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC.





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About Doug Sutton

Doug Sutton is the publisher of Santa Clarita Gazette, Canyon Country and Pet Me Magazine. Doug is active in Rotary Club of Santa Clarita, Heart of the Canyons Church, and a past board member of the local Chamber of Commerce. Doug and Jeannie have been married for 34 years, living in the Santa Clarita Valley for over 20 years, raising their 3 sons here.

2 Responses to “Doug’s Rant”

  1. Nicolette Munoz on June 7, 2018 @ 12:46 pm

    In your backhanded welcome of Ashley Caulkins as a contributor, you attempt to “mansplain” to her: “I caution her to avoid putting down a large segment of the population and limit the personal attacks on her president…will ultimately delegitimize her opinion with many readers and jeopardize the value of her other points.”

    I think perhaps you should lead by example and avoid “putting down a large segment of the population” that will ultimately delegitimize your opinion with many readers and jeopardize the value of your other points. One does not have to look far to see the hypocrisy of your “caution” to a high school student:

    Doug Sutton: 2/22/18 Issue “Perhaps the Berkeley snowflakes, the vagina cap-wearing ladies, and even the Trump-blaming high school students should take a look back in history before they throw misguided rocks at those of us on the right.”

    Time to lead by example and practice what you preach.

    • Deborah Runions on June 12, 2018 @ 7:38 am

      Bravo!!! My sentiments exactly! If she takes the Editor’s advise, it surely wouldn’t be HER opinion. Thank you Nicole Munoz.

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