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Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | November 29, 2018

Can It Be?

Am I becoming a softer, kinder and gentler ranter? After last week’s column, I received feedback from people saying they hoped it was just the holiday spirit that had gotten into me because I’m not the same ferocious guy they used to read and like. They said the Doug of the past would have hit back hard on those @#$%&*# Facebook posts. Is it true? I’m reminded of the Alice Cooper song that treads along the lines of my ranting life.

I used to be such a sweet, sweet thing ‘til they got a hold of me, I opened doors for little old ladies, I helped the blind to see, I got no friends cause they read the papers, They can’t be seen with me, I’m gettin’ real shot down And I’m feeling mean. No more Mister Nice Guy No more Mister Clean, No more Mister Nice Guy, They say he’s sick, he’s obscene.

Trump Drowned Beneath a Deep Blue Tsunami:

That was the headline of Gary Horton’s column in The Signal newspaper last week (11/21). It’s been a while since Gary provided such ranting fodder, so let’s dive into some of what he wrote.

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“This tsunami of “coming back to our senses” was a true wipeout. A sea change and rising tide that will again restore America as a beacon of freedom, hope, and democracy it long was – before Trumpism rose its nationalist head, shredding our values and civility.”

Gary conveniently failed to mention the fact that Republicans gained seats in the Senate, but what do factual details matter? There’s that “nationalist” word again, this time it’s causing the collapse of our values and civility. I wonder if Horton read the Facebook stones that were cast my way, as his likeminded ilk were anything but civil. It’s also curious he didn’t mention the number of verbal and even physical attacks from his side against Republicans in public settings, and even the attack at a Fox News analyst’s home. That’s a great example of decent values and civility, right?

“With this election, vast majorities of Americans said, “We’re done with the self-inflicted wounds on our democracy.”

Self-inflicted wounds on democracy; what does that even mean? How does a democracy get wounded by one man? If it is possible to self-inflict wounds on a democracy, it seems to me Obama did a good job of that, requiring people to have health insurance whether they wanted it or not, with others required to pick up the tab for them, whether they wanted to or not.

“Repulsed women, tired of Trump’s misogynistic behavior and policy, voted en masse. And, they voted for women, for diverse women, for greater representation. And America’s minority groups.”

Hmm … Most women I know in Santa Clarita are Trump supporters, and while they don’t like some of his behavior, they sure like his policies. As far as electing women, hey, that’s great, but most I know vote the mature way; for a candidate they feel is the most skilled to get the job done, without regard to race, religion or gender. That’s the way a democracy operates effectively, and when one votes on the basis of identity, democracy can get wounded.

“Most Americans want what Democrats represent, and are repelled and disgusted by Trumpism. Literally, they are disgusted. We don’t want to be what Trump says, is great again.”

Most Americans want what Democrats represent? Maybe a good number do, but to say most is a real stretch. I say millions and millions of Americans are not repulsed and disgusted by Trump, they are grateful for the changes he has effected that have made America greater than it was from 2009-2016.

“The tide has turned: It’s the tsunami that Trump himself created, and it’s poised to sweep over the entire country in 2020, washing away Trump himself out into a deep blue sea.”

Wait a minute, you can’t say Trump will get washed out to sea, that’s politically incorrect and reeks of racism against an old, white guy. It’s the reverse! If I were to have written that “Obama himself was going to get washed out into a deep red sea,” I would have received the most vile and uncivil reactions imaginable! See how stupid it is to judge people and use derogatory words and labels?

The preceding was from last week. Just this past Wednesday, Gary’s column was entitled, “Guess who: Greatest Dodo of our time.” Of course, he was referring to our President. Time and space doesn’t allow for much of a rebuttal in this rant, maybe next week. But, as usual, I find the name-calling towards President Trump from those on left to be hypocritical. Anything close to this type of name calling regarding Obama would have been met with screams of bigoted racism!

The Headlines Read:

Troops get new powers at border and Border Patrol Agents defend themselves with tear gas.

Good, just like Mark Levin alluded to in the following quote, I’m sick of this namby-pamby, emotionally charged, idealistic nonsensical crap the left are gnashing their teeth about. These people are unlawfully trying to invade our country, and when people try to invade a country, that country has every right to defend its borders. These people are lucky it’s been only tear gas so far.

Mark Levin: “We are not a nation of immigrants, we are a nation of citizens. I am sick and tired of the American citizen being demeaned and treated as second class citizens while anyone who crosses the border is treated as the most virtuous human being on the face of the earth.”

Shut ‘Er Down:

I saw a headline that read, “Dems: No $ for a wall, having borders is not American.”

I’ll leave the “not American” alone, because it’s too stupid to waste time and keyboard punching on. The swamp dwellers have until a week from Friday (12/7) to figure out how they’re going to get appropriations bills passed in order to avoid a shutdown. It seems like President Trump is not in the mood to give an inch regarding his plans on border wall funding, so we could be in for some real fireworks.

I say shut the damn government down, not just for the border wall, but for the common sense and sanity of having a budget that shows more revenue coming in then money going out. We also need some sort of appropriation to start eating away at the GAINT monster of debt that precious few seem to give any thought to.

While the left are wetting their pants over dreaded climate change that as seen temperatures rise by 1.4 degrees over umpteen years, and which Obama said was the greatest threat ever to our country, the debt is exploding to heights that will bring men, women and children to their knees a lot sooner than a degree or two rise in temperatures.

Come hell or high water, the debt issue has to be solved by those on both sides of the aisle, and if not, then the government should be shut down until an agreement is made. Right now, tax revenues are at an all-time high (despite the left’s “sky is falling” prediction they would plummet with the tax cuts), yet the debt continues on its direction of incredible upward trajectory. Why? Because government spending continues to rise in unbridled fashion, and unless it’s severely limited, the ramifications will make climate change look like occasional rain in Southern California.

Quips, Quotes &, Headlines:

Dems decry the use of tear gas at border (Headline)

Border agents routinely used tear gas during Obama administration, DHS data shows (Headline)

French Revolting Over High Gas Prices (Headline)

*They have skyrocketed because of the “carbon tax” that was implemented to try and dissuade the use of fossil fuels that are causing the demise of mankind. Looks like the French folks don’t share their President’s concern. Aren’t you glad President Trump got us out of the mess that is the “Paris Climate Accord?” (Me)

“The climate crisis threatens both our communities & our economy. While Donald Trump ignores his own administration’s report, House Democrats are pushing for action with a select committee on climate change. We can create millions of good-paying jobs with bold, green infrastructure investments!” (Nancy Pelosi)

*Wait a minute, isn’t that the same sort of rubbish Obama promised? How did that work out? (Me)

“This president made me anxious and hungry for pancakes. Buckwheat pancakes. I had to put butter on them and maple syrup to ease the pain.” (Barbara Streisand)

*She’s blaming Trump for her weight gain; the President gets blamed for everything! (Me)

House Dems eagerly planning series of investigations on Ivanka emails, ObamaCare and Jeff Sessions (Headline)

“Asking to be considered a refugee & applying for status isn’t a crime. It wasn’t for Jewish families fleeing Germany.” (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)

“I recommend she take a tour of the Holocaust Museum in DC. It might help her better understand the differences between the Holocaust and the caravan in Tijuana.” (Lindsey Graham)

Letters to the Ranter:

Doug,
Santa Clarita got hit with a yellow wave, they got pissed on. It was made of the Democrat blue wave and the green wave of money! Kenny

Doug,
So you admit ‘Nationalist’ has a disgusting and hurtful history, but to ‘show those libs’ you will continue to use the title because ‘leftists’ are mean.

I’m sure you find the NYT a horrible ‘leftist’ rag, so I would implore you to ignore any commentary and focus on the statistics: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/03/magazine/FBI-charlotsville-white-nationalism-far-right.html

And I’d also ask you consider why anyone who disagrees with you should change their own ranting ways when you stick to your guns using language that has killed the most oppressed of our culture? Sure, be a proud Nationalist all you want. And understand regardless of what your intentions may be in using the word it will ALWAYS be connected to the lynchers and cross burners and those content in committing genocide. My apologies if my truth is ‘mean.’ Actually, that’s a lie. I don’t apologize one bit for explaining to you why others are angry. Erin

Ranter’s Note:

Looking back at last week’s rant, I do not see where I admitted “Nationalist has a disgusting and hurtful history.”

However, the definition that I stand by is; “A person who strongly identifies with their own nation and vigorously supports its interests, especially to the exclusion or detriment of the interests of other nations.”

Someone please tell me how this equates to any sort of racism?

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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. Doug,

    Thank you again for all the coverage. Now that the City and District (and just about everything around us) is BLUE – well, it’s kind of nice to have you acknowledge my democratic and progressive column. Yup – you are a stranger in a strange land now. Singing the blues.

    But I have a couple of issues with your piece, above. Mainly your illogic and flawed analysis in some of your points. Time doesn’t permit all, but here’s a couple for you to reconsider. And maybe retract next week:

    1. You quoted me, then wrote:

    “Most Americans want what Democrats represent, and are repelled and disgusted by Trumpism. Literally, they are disgusted. We don’t want to be what Trump says, is great again.”
    Most Americans want what Democrats represent? Maybe a good number do, but to say most is a real stretch. I say millions and millions of Americans are not repulsed and disgusted by Trump, they are grateful for the changes he has effected that have made America greater than it was from 2009-2016.

    Doug. “Most” means “most.” Not a “good number” but “most.” In fact, according to NBC News, “With votes continuing to be tallied more than two weeks after Election Day, Democrats hold a lead over Republicans in the House popular vote by more than 8.6 million votes.

    That’s the largest total victory in a midterm House election since Democrats defeated Republicans by more than 8.7 million votes in 1974, just months after President Richard Nixon resigned from office in disgrace.”

    8.6 million more democratic votes means MOST. And, it flipped 39 red seats blue. A blue wave.

    Ok, we cleared that up. Next to clear up:

    2. You quoted me, then wrote:

    “Repulsed women, tired of Trump’s misogynistic behavior and policy, voted en masse. And, they voted for women, for diverse women, for greater representation. And America’s minority groups.”
    Hmm … Most women I know in Santa Clarita are Trump supporters, and while they don’t like some of his behavior, they sure like his policies. As far as electing women, hey, that’s great, but most I know vote the mature way; for a candidate they feel is the most skilled to get the job done, without regard to race, religion or gender. That’s the way a democracy operates effectively, and when one votes on the basis of identity, democracy can get wounded.

    Doug. Most women you know in the SCV may be Trump voters, but you likely know mostly republican women who are Trump fans. Our District voted out Steve Knight. By almost any logic, more district women voters voted blue than red.

    But more so nationally, this election, by far, far more than any other time in American history, voters sent women into Congress. Democratic women. Diverse democratic women. Democrats will have over 91 women in the House. Out of the 237+ Democratic members, only 90 will be white men.

    Record women, record minority representation. Record women voting on women’s rights, voting against Trump, voting for reproductive health care, voting to keep old white men out of their reproductive issues.

    The math is the math, Doug. You missed on this one.

    Oh, a last note: We’re not just blue everywhere, oh my, we also voted for women everywhere. Christy, Katie, our mayor, our two senators…. women, women everywhere…

    3. Last one for now:

    You quoted me and then wrote:

    “With this election, vast majorities of Americans said, “We’re done with the self-inflicted wounds on our democracy.”
    Self-inflicted wounds on democracy; what does that even mean? How does a democracy get wounded by one man? If it is possible to self-inflict wounds on a democracy, it seems to me Obama did a good job of that, requiring people to have health insurance whether they wanted it or not, with others required to pick up the tab for them, whether they wanted to or not.”

    This one is not numeric. It is what it is.

    We (a minority of voters in gerrymandered states) voted in the Trump menace, fair and square, with Russian help, in 2016. However he got there, he got there, and enough Americans voted for him to get in. The Trump wound on America is thus, “self inflicted.”

    How is it a wound on democracy?

    His continued attacks, unabated on our free press. He would shut that down if he could. His constant, constant never ending lying in an office that should uphold the truth. His incivility and divisiveness that threaten the underpinnings of our system. And, his corruption, that is becoming more obvious and proven, and indicted, by the day.

    We voted this mess in. Two things are going to happen: Either we won’t get a chance to vote him out, or we will vote him out as hard as anyone has been voted out.

    But we did, in fact, (with russian help) bring this plague upon ourselves. And now the people will end it – and we just started with overturning the house and returning it to accountability and oversight.

    There you go. That’s all for now.

    I hope you appreciate and accept these corrections.

    Best regards,

    Gary

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