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Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | October 4, 2018

Don’t Ask Me:

Of course I’ve been asked if I’m going to rant on the Kavanaugh vs. Democrats issue, and the answer is no! This embarrassing, sad, sick, ridiculous, tragic, idiotic, bewildering, immature, perhaps illegal scheming with selfish grandstanding by self-promoting Democrats, some who just want a springboard for a presidential campaign is nauseating at best, and a complete mockery of the American way at worst.

The College of the Canyons Republicans’ press release written by students, and Gary Curtis’ piece, both on page 11, in addition to Steve Smith’s article on page 10 are sufficient ranting for me, and hopefully, by the time you’re reading this, we will (rightly so) have a new Supreme Court Justice in place.

Change of Ranting Course:

 I had a whole other topic to rant about, but there’s nothing like a Gary Horton column in The Signal Newspaper to force a change of course and lead me into ranting about the mess in Washington – which I didn’t want to do.

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First of all, I wish I had the time, space and energy to push back on his lavish praise of Amazon for raising their minimum wage to $15 per hour and how great it would be for all businesses to do that. But then I would have to go off on how vulgar I think it is for our Government to mandate what privately owned businesses have to pay their employees, which could result in those businesses ending up in the same financial boat as Social Security, but as I’m apt to do, I digress.

Gary Horton: “We saw a bunch of old white guys behaving badly in front of women and exposing themselves for what they are: privileged old white guys who are quickly being exposed as sexist anachronisms in Congress.”  (This old white guy doesn’t even know what anachronism is, so I guess Gary is smarter then me).

First of all, I could do a whole rant on the phrase “Old White Guys,” because I resemble it, and I am starting to find it offensive. Horton is really showing his liberal colors as he latches on to the feminist, man-hating movement (I bet he’ll love the first paragraph in the Quips, Quotes and Headlines section of this rant).        

 I just don’t understand why being an old white guy is such a bad thing. It seems like we’re headed towards being discriminated against. It was all old white guys who gave birth to this great nation, and now, just because of our age and skin color, we’ve become bad news and bad people? Nothing like the blanket, unsubstantiated judgment of a particular race which, if anyone in any other persuasion were referred to in that manner, would scream racism and ring loud and clear.

If I were to negatively call a group of African American men a bunch of “old Black guys” or Latinos a bunch of “old Mexican guys,” how would that ring with folks? Not too well, I’m afraid.  Come on Gary, lose the hypocrisy.

Talk About Behaving Badly:

 The only old white guys I saw behaving badly during the hearings were Democrat Senators who made complete fools of themselves by circumventing the so-called policy of keeping partisan politics out of Supreme Court appointees. And while I’m at it, I saw some female Senators behave badly, especially one old white girl!

How Mr. Horton can judge the sexist attitudes of privileged white guys by what we saw during the hearing last week is way beyond me. I’ll tell you what I and many others can judge, though, and that’s the horrific, selfish, hateful disregard for a man and his family by elected officials. How those Democrats can look themselves in the mirror is baffling to me, after their behavior and actions toward someone who was appointed and is very qualified for the job. Besides that, is all this pain and suffering for all involved, including us Americans worth it, when after it’s said and done, no one will give much of a rip about the court?!

It is a Bad Idea:

As the political silly season kicks into high gear, our mailboxes are filling with slick campaign ads to fill recycling bins (Hey, wait a minute, I heard print was dead, I thought EVERYONE is online? Hmmm, could be it be that thousands and thousands of voters don’t go online for their ever-waking information?).

Anyway, the pro-Katie Hill factions are all over Steve Knight’s comments from 2016 when he said “I think that Social Security was a bad idea. I do. I absolutely think it was a bad idea.”  Of course, the tag line is “Social Security isn’t a bad idea, but re-electing Steve Knight is.”

I’m here to rant that Social Security is and was a bad idea. It’s not surprising that Hill is attacking Knight for a couple of sentences regarding Social Security, when her vision statement consists of:

“I have strong ideals. I believe that the American government is an institution that should be protecting, fighting for, bettering and lifting up its people. We need to support our working families, we need to support our most vulnerable communities, we need to make sure that people have good jobs, access to affordable health care, clean drinking water and fresh air. We need to protect labor unions, we need to protect single parents, we need to protect the LGBTQ community, we need to gather together, unite with one another and stand to make this America, the America that we build together.”

Nice rhetoric from Hill, but how about some concrete facts about exactly how she intends to accomplish all of this feel-good stuff for our betterment, including how she will save Social Security from falling into the pit of socialistic bankruptcy?

More to My Point:

I’m not sure why Knight thinks Social Security is a bad idea, but I know why I do. The problem hatched when the idea was hatched by the government. Yes, the government is the problem, because they run the thing, and just like the Postal Service, they run the whole damn thing and it’s screwed up.

When working Americans and employers, by no choice of their own, are forced by law to hand over money to a savings account run by the government, what could go wrong? It was wrong 83 years ago, and it’s wrong now. Wrong, because it’s pure socialism, and socialism’s broken, just like Social Security.

Even when they were debating the act back then, a leader of a major manufacturing organization called it “ultimate socialist control of life and industry.”  And now, par for a socialistic-run government program, it’s on the close verge of being financially bankrupt because the money stolen from working Americans is no longer put aside for the Socialist Insecurity program. (For the sake of journalistic integrity, I borrowed that name.) It is tossed in with the rest of the taxes to pay for socialist programs designed to get career politicians re-elected.

If Mrs. Hill thinks Steve Knight is all wet for saying Social Security was a bad idea, then so be it. But she needs to explain how she can make it a good idea and prevent this socialistic program from running out of money before she and her husband reach retirement age, along with millions of other folks. If she can’t do that, then Steve Knight is right-on with his statement.

Quips, Quotes, Headlines & Memes:

“Look at the chorus of entitled white men justifying a serial rapist arrogated entitlement. All of them deserve miserable deaths while feminists laugh as they take their last gasps. Bonus: We castrate their corpses and feed to swine? Yes” (Christine Fair, Georgetown University professor on Kavanaugh and Senators).

“There’s a battle being fought in our country between good and evil, between right and wrong, between light and darkness. It’s not new, but it has certainly intensified in a very public way. The battle is raging in the halls of Congress, on the Senate floor, in the Supreme Court and on the media airwaves. It is raging in our city councils and school boards. Pray for our nation, that we would turn to God. He is the only answer for the problems we face. The Bible says ‘Blessed is the nation whose God is Lord’ (Psalm 33;12)”   (Franklin Graham)    

*Whether you believe in God or not you have to admit it doesn’t look like anything else can change the increasing hate that is expanding the divide between Americans anytime soon.  A divide resulting in many people thinking it’s very okay to accost someone in a public setting if you disagree with them or expound the vile, hateful rhetoric the professor did. These alone violate God’s message of treating others as you would want to be treated.  You may think Graham’s thoughts are too simplistic or religious, but tell me what else could possibly work to end the senseless incivility that has engulfed our land these days?    (Me)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, why aren’t you calling for a more complete FBI investigation into the alleged Chinese spy in your San Francisco office who served as your driver as well as a liaison to the Asian-American community in California? You say the FBI never informed you of any compromise of national security information, and that the staffer “never had access” to classified or sensitive information. But how could they know that without interviewing you and all the members of your staff? You have yet to call for an investigation into your own behavior, so obviously, you’re guilty.”  (Ben Shapiro, The Daily Wire)

“Why not just have the FBI investigate every allegation against everyone in public life? And if you object, you’re guilty. That’s how this works, right? (Ben Shapiro)

Bill Cosby now officially a violent sexual predator, making him eligible to be the Democrat 2020 presidential nominee or DNC Chair:  (Meme)     

Name ONE thing DEMOCRATS have done in the last two years to make your life better? Go again, I’ll give to you till November to answer. (Meme) 

I’m grateful every day of my life that I’m not a Democrat. I’m also grateful that Democrats are grateful that I’m not a Democrat. It requires a life devoid of any moral compass to do what they’re doing and I have NOTHING in common with these people.”  (Dan Bongino, former Secret Service Agent and political commentator)

*I wonder if Dan thinks what Franklin Graham wrote applies mainly to hateful Democrats?   (Me)

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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.

One Response to “Doug’s Rant”

  1. Gary Horton on October 7, 2018 @ 8:50 pm

    Hi Doug,

    Thanks for the shout out. Any publicity is said to be good publicity, so thanks.

    I’m just amazed at your vile for government, social security, and just about anything that would improve the lot of our country and its citizens.

    Here’s a short history lesson to help you:

    Nasty, brutish and short aren’t a firm of particularly unpleasant lawyers but a quotation from Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan, or the matter, forme, and power of a commonwealth, ecclesiasticall and civill, 1651. The fuller quotation of this phrase is even less appealing – “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short”. Hobbes described the natural state of mankind (the state pertaining before a central government is formed) as a “warre of every man against every man”. In the book he outlines the ‘incommodites’ of such a war:
    “Whatsoever therefore is consequent to a time of Warre, where every man is Enemy to every man; the same is consequent to the time, wherein men live without other security, than what their own strength, and their own invention shall furnish them withall. In such condition, there is no place for Industry; because the fruit thereof is uncertain; and consequently no Culture of the Earth; no Navigation, nor use of the commodities that may be imported by Sea; no commodious Building; no Instruments of moving, and removing such things as require much force; no Knowledge of the face of the Earth; no account of Time; no Arts; no Letters; no Society; and which is worst of all, continuall feare, and danger of violent death; And the life of man, solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short.”

    That’s right. Without a thoughtful government to assist mankind to work together – how’s our life to be? “the life of man, solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short.”

    I guess you would have us go back to that?

    Gary

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