Old, White Guy Thankfulness:
You bet I’m thankful for a ton of stuff in my life (especially my wonderfully talented spouse, who is a great wife, mother and grandmother! Without her, this newspaper would not exist because of the multiple roles she plays). God has blessed me in many ways and for many years throughout this old white guy’s life. And one of the things I’m thankful for is that most of the time, I don’t take the criticism I get personally. If I did, it would mean a miserable existence for me.
I Don’t Get It:
Last week I wrote (somewhat tongue-in-cheek) about being a nationalist, a defender of toxic masculinity, and the problem of being white. I was really just making fun of the folks who get their drawers tied up in knots when politically incorrect words flow into their eyes and ears. Their reactions can reek of personal judgments related to identity politics that cause many-a-lefty to lash back out in personal attacks. I reject the notion that if someone claims to be nationalist because their love of country supersedes anything else in the political and social world, then they are a racist. I don’t care what connotation you attach to certain ambiguous labels. You can’t judge someone’s true character by them.
I just don’t get why so many are so offended by word labels, but then again, I don’t get a lot of stuff liberals subscribe to. While I may rant extremely hard against folks who believe certain things I feel are not in the best interest for Americans, I try really hard not to attack anyone personally, and if you see me doing that, call me on it.
Is it just me, or are liberal folks just plain mean spirited when they project their disagreements? Why can’t we all just debate the facts of issues that affect all of us without demeaning one another? If I think socialism is bad for Americans, and you think it’s a good thing, how about we each share our point of views in a civil way? If you’re passionate about your opinion, then good for you. Just don’t react in a way that lends itself to rudeness.
What I Do Get:
The next two years are going to be absolutely nuts in the swamp that lies inside of the beltway, and many-a-teeth are going to gnash. But hey, that’s the way things go. Let’s all try to focus on what really matters in our lives and not get so worked up over stuff that really doesn’t affect us and our loved ones on a daily basis.
Look, I’m not going to change my ranting ways, but I’m also not going live and die on that conservative hill if things don’t go the way I think they should. I’m not going curl up in a fetal position and spout out bad words to relieve my pain.
I’m reminded of the morning after the election in 2012, when Obama had defeated Romney, and I was a very disappointed guy in the throes of my grieving process. My wife and I were getting ready for work, when the phone rang. It was our son calling from Afghanistan, telling us the Humvee he was a gunner in had struck an IED and was blown over. He was not seriously hurt, but sure could have been. I tell you what; my depression over Obama/Romney went away so fast, it would have made your head spin.
That’s the stuff I’m talking about that really should matter to us, and makes getting nasty over trivial political labels and such seem so foolish.
The Love Keeps Coming From My Facebook Fans:
“In his column, Doug Sutton, publisher of the Santa Clarita Free Gazette calls himself a ‘proud nationalist’ (with descriptions that mislead about what that movement actually means.) He also calls himself “a defender of the problem of whiteness. This is an embarrassment and it mainstreams the kind of views you’d find in the pages of the Daily Stormer. How long are we going to look the other way about these things?”
“How long are we going to look the other way? You can look any direction you want, you can start your own weekly paper and publish your own opinions. Are you so weak in your own thoughts that you can’t tolerate anyone that disagrees with them?” Ranter’s Note: A true fan!
“If this article is really written by Doug Sutton in sincerity… possibly ‘Doug’s Rant’ should be recaptioned, Doug’s CRAZY Rant.”
“Trump and Sutton could have called themselves ‘proud patriots’ or ‘proud Americans.’ Instead, he uses the word ‘nationalist’ despite its long, ugly historical connotations. It’s not even a dog whistle anymore. Either Doug really is a white nationalist, or, as I suspect, just another ignorant Fox News zombie parroting Tucker Carlson (who absolutely is a white nationalist).”
“Fear & ignorance that’s where Doug’s rants comes from.”
“Low budget & low class.”
“This is a great opinion column … to line your birdcage with.”
“We have a problem in Awesometown. Steve Knight used an avowed racist in his campaign ads as his poster child. And now this publisher believes it is A-OK to prop up his pathetic and sick little racist freak flag in our community and spew hate crap.”
“I know Doug, I know his vernacular. “Mocking the libs” is the currency of his rants. Plenty of folks on the right, in jest, say that sort of thing as if “WHATS WRONG WITH BEING A WHITE GUY, HUH?”. Its not the same thing as David Duke’s perspective, not at all.”
“Sore loser. Democracy has spoken. It’s not only “good” when your side wins. Ranting old guys are pointless. No one really listens.”
“Holy father I want to lift up Doug to you dear Lord. I pray for you to work in his life. Touch his heart and fill it with your love. In Jesus’s name Amen”
Quips, Quotes & Headlines:
“Are you aware of the perception of many about how the power and the discretion at ICE is being used to enforce the laws and do you see any parallels with the KKK?” (Kamala Harris during Senate hearing grilling ICE Director Nominee)
*Is she aware of what our perception of her is when she asks questions like that? (Me)
Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand and Bill de Blasio eying presidential run (Headline)
*It will be fun watching these four try and “out-liberal” each other. (Me)
Federal Court orders Hillary Clinton to answer additional email questions under oath (Headline)
*Shouldn’t Comey, McCabe, Rosenstein, Strzok, Page and a host of others be next? (Me)
California GOP drifts toward irrelevance (Headline)
*Sad, but true. (Me)
16 House ‘Never Nancy’ Dems oppose Pelosi for speaker (Headline)
*Now she knows how President Trump feels. (Me)
Letter to the Ranter:
Doug’s Comment from last week:
“If nationalism means what’s best for my country, my family, including my grand kids, than I’m all freaking for it! The notion that nationalism is a terrible thing is just another target on President Trump’s back for arrows to be shot at him. If he claiming America is his number one priority and the spineless leaders of European nations don’t like it, then I like it even more.”
Doug, I couldn’t agree more! Leftists have forgotten the meaning of the word “nationalism.” They have conflated it with the extreme nationalism of the fascists during the early 1900s. There is nothing wrong with healthy nationalism. Nationalism, at its core, is just a passionate love for one’s country and a willingness to put the needs of your own people above the needs of other nations. Any good leader should be a nationalist. A leader is supposed to put the needs of his people above the needs of others. That’s what we elect our leaders to do. Our top politicians should be looking out for the needs of the American people first and foremost. I am absolutely outraged whenever politicians talk about solving the problems of the world as their top priority. What about the needs of the American people? What about us? Donald Trump’s slogan of “America First” is one every American should embrace. Even if you hate Donald Trump with every fiber of your being, it doesn’t change the fact that “America First” is something we should all accept. “America First” is the right thing to do. We have to look out for our own family – our fellow Americans – before we start to virtue signal and show how humanitarian we are by doing charity for the rest of the world. This is at least how the government should act, and this is the creed that our politicians should follow religiously. Before we try to get that fuzzy feeling inside of us by helping impoverished nations, we must first do what is best for our own homeland. Before we’re philanthropic, we must be nationalistic. Before we feed the third world, we must feed the poor and starving right here in the United States. Before we help underdeveloped nations, we must solve our own infrastructure problems. Before we care about the world, we must make America great again! Anything taken to the extreme is bad. Too much ice cream is bad. Nationalism is only bad when taken to the very extreme. Mussolini’s and Hitler’s idea of extreme nationalism was wrong because they used it to justify the conquering of people who they deemed inferior – and because they felt their nations were entitled to more land. Nationalism is only wrong when it turns into conquering, pilfering, racism and prejudice. If any people had the right to be proud of the accomplishments of their nation, it would be Americans. The United States of America is the greatest nation that has ever existed! – Eric