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Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | October 11, 2018

Spoiled Rotten?

 I’m no Psychologist, but the way these lefty people (mainly women when it came to the Kavanaugh issue) behaved in the halls of the Senate building and on the streets in front of the Supreme Court building bordered on some sort of crazy lunacy. Is it just me, or was their behavior motivated by delusional ideology as they acted out like spoiled kids in a grocery store? And when the wailing starts, it grates on everyone and we just want the kids to shut up.

I couldn’t believe it when I saw a couple of ladies pounding and pawing at the doors of the court trying to get them to open. They were attempting to jam their fingers between the locked double doors, trying to pry them open, looking like patients in a mental hospital clawing their way out of a padded cell.

As kind of a side note, who raised these people? Who did not instill in them basic decency?  Sure, showing your ire by protesting is perfectly fine, but doing it with obnoxious rudeness only serves to intimidate and irritate anyone who doesn’t agree with them. Screaming in someone’s face, with fingernails-on-achalkboard type screeching, does absolutely no good.  Sitting down and pouting in the middle of an intersection while blocking traffic borders on insanity.

It sure as heck doesn’t help when these flames of absurd behavior against whom they disagree are fanned by people of influence. When fanatics on the left are encouraged to indulge in civil discourse, it furthers their resolve that the only solution – when their idealistic, liberal, progressive ideas aren’t supported – is to go nuts at the expense of those they feel betrayed by.

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You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about. That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again. But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.”  (Hillary Clinton)

Go to the Hill today, please, get up in the face of some Congresspeople.” (Senator Corey Booker).

What if They Did It?   

Imagine if  Brent Kavanaugh’s wife and kids had gotten in the faces of those Democrats who were challenging him so belligerently, crying and screaming “look at me when I’m talking to you, can’t you see how unfair you’re being?! You’re a hateful human being! How could you do this?!” Oh my, the spaghetti would have hit the fan big time. The hypocrisy would have poured out like a waterfall, because it’s okay for Dem supporters to act severely childish, but for not those on the other side.                    

Spiraling the Wrong Direction: 

Things are sprinting so fast towards a direction that no one I know, or have heard, says they could have ever imagined happening in today’s USA. It seems as though proper and decent behavior in our society gets progressively worse with each passing day. Maybe that’s why left-wing liberals are called progressives.

I heard Rush Limbaugh talking about how when he was a kid, his parents took him and his brother to watch the Senate proceedings. Rush was thumbing through a brochure that was handed out, when an usher hurried over and took it away from him, saying he was disturbing the proceedings. Then, the usher noticed Rush was chewing gum and he made him get rid of it. Compare that to what we see now with the screaming and protests from the unruly leftists in the gallery of the Senate Chambers. How much worse will this behavior get before it spills out into other areas of society where it is very much unwanted?

It Could Get Scary:

It’s going to get scary, someone’s going to get shot, and it could happen soon. I’m talking about someone in the right-wing political spotlight.” That’s what a friend said to me last week as we were commiserating about the Kavanaugh mess. I said, “You mean over Kavanaugh?” He replied, “It could be anything the left-wing fanatics go crazy over.”

 After giving it some thought, I have to agree with my friend. If you look at how the seemingly insane, fanatical leftists act out their frustrations with increasing instances and levels of zealousness, one can’t help but wonder where it will stop.

And it really is no joke; here is what Rand Paul’s wife wrote recently:

It’s nine o’clock at night, and as I watch out the window, a sheriff’s car slowly drives past my home. I am grateful that they have offered to do extra patrols, as someone just posted our home address, and Rand’s cell number, on the internet — all part of a broader effort to intimidate and threaten Republican members of Congress and their families. I now keep a loaded gun by my bed. Our security systems have had to be expanded. I have never felt this way in my life.”

Can you imagine how Brent Kavanaugh and his wife felt when the death threats mounted against their family, including the kids?

How about the teacher in Minnesota who tweeted out, “whose (sic) going to take one for the team and kill Kavanaugh?

Another example: a caller told a 25-year-old female staff member at one of Senator Collins’s Maine offices that he hoped she would be “raped and impregnated.”

Collins has also had some 3,000 coat hangers mailed to her office (a reference to the back-alley abortions).

Comedian Sarah Silverman said that she hopes President Donald Trump would one day be a victim of sexual assault, “held down” and “violated” in a tweet. “I hope you someday understand what it is to be held down against your will and violated. Your compassion is startless.”

Then there is the video and report from Portland showing leftist Antifa thugs trying to block and direct traffic, while threatening anyone who disobeys with violence, calling them “white supremacists.” They claimed they were engaging in a revolution, and would continue to enact it by “smearing and destroying anyone who stands in their way — first verbally and then physically.”

I don’t know what to do about it, but I’ll reprise from last week’s rant what Franklin Graham said recently:

“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).”  

 If you have any other ideas on how to curb the dangerous behavior we’re seeing these days, let me know.

Quips, Quotes &, Headlines:

 “Katie’s (Hill) concerns are with Knight’s following Trump’s impaired directives, how Steve’s party has been compromised and the negative impact Trump-commandeered polices are having on Californians and on civility, liberty and justice for all.”  (Gary Horton, from this week’s column in The Signal newpaper) 

*I laughed out loud when I read the part about Trump’s commandeered polices and civility. Civility? Katie or Gary wants to talk about civility?  Really?  (Me)

“It is well past time we eliminate the Electoral College, a shadow of slavery’s power on America today that undermines our nation as a democratic republic.” (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)

“The USA is a Constitutional Republic not a Democratic Republic. Eliminating the Electoral College allows the large populated State roughly 4-5 to determine who will be President and the others with no role in the process.” (Blogger)

“I too will crawl over broken glass. To vote for Democrats who will act as a check on Trump’s unrestrained and unprecedented abuse of power.” (Mat Boot on Twitter)

“The left has learned to give the impression that they’re somehow the majority opinion, when they’re not.”  (Dan Bongino, former Secret Service Agent and political commentator)

*I agree. How often do we hear Chuck Schumer say the majority of Americans believe in something he is touting? The majority of us Americans do not believe in the nonsense he does.  (Me)     

 “As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support [GOP Sen. candidate] Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women.”  (Larry Elder)

*Note the sarcasm (Me)

Letter to the Ranter:

 Ranter’s Note: The following is from Gary Horton, whom I have written several rants disagreeing with what he has written in columns in The Signal over the last year (or more). While he and I are polar political opposites, I appreciate his first time response and hope they will continue.

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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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. Corey Nathan on October 12, 2018 @ 5:51 pm

    Re: “If you have any other ideas on how to curb the dangerous behavior we’re seeing these days, let me know.” I do.

    First, let me affirm a few things in your rant. It seems that in America today, we have our version of Jacobins. Those were the guys in the French Revolution who were like a purity death squad. They were rushing all sorts of people to the guillotine: not just the aristocracy; but many other revolutionaries who they suspected were not pure enough in their ideology (eg. look at the life of Robespierre who found himself on both sides of this razor’s edge, so to speak). I’ve personally been screamed down for not screaming down someone else this person saw as the adversary. I was being shamed for not being angry enough, or something like that. (Side note: Project onto this anecdote whether you think the aforementioned finger-wagger was a right-wing nut or a left-wing nut. If you immediately made one assumption or another, it might actually say more about you than it does about any of the individuals referred to in the account.)

    That aside, I will also say that the tactics used by Democratic Senators in the late stages of the Kavanaugh hearings were some of the worst party fouls I’ve witnessed. For whatever it’s worth, almost all of my friends who engage on these subjects, including those on the left, found it to be flat-out ugly. There’s no one who was a fan of how this all played out.

    And that gets to crux of my critique of much of the focus of your rant. There’s a tendency to recount specific individuals and specific incidents as if they represent the entirety of the left. They don’t. I listen to enough Hannity, Limbaugh and many other conservative media radio and tv personalities to understand they’ve done quite well with a sustained, oft-repeated strategy that can be summed up as “ThisIsWhatTheyDo-ism.” Here’s the problem. This is NOT what THEY do. This might be what an individual has done. A certain incident might be what a certain individual has done. But THIS is NOT what THEY do, if by “they” you mean to assert that anyone who leans left (or has maybe voted for a Democrat once in their life).

    Look: I know that’s not what you mean. I just wish my good friends would recognize when they fall into the trap of “ThisIsWhatTheyDo-ism.” Let’s take each other more on an individual basis. All of us. We each have a very nuanced set of views and positions on any given issue. How do we curb the type of behavior you cite above? We start with our own behavior, our own rhetoric, and the way we choose to engage with individuals on each unique issue. How do we stop the screeching and the seemingly inevitable slide to violent chaos? We engage in and PROMOTE the more interesting, the more nuanced, the more civil, the more neighborly dialogue we’re all capable of having.

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