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| Doug's Rants | January 10, 2019

Am I a Misogynist?

The headline read: Women take Congress, misogynists lash out. When I read that, I felt guilt pangs. I don’t know why, since I wasn’t sure what a misogynist was and had to look it up.

Misogynist: The dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women. Oh my, word. I am not one of those. Just because I disagree with certain women on their political and social views, doesn’t mean I have such distain for them based on their gender. I’m actually an equal opportunity contrarian.

I swallowed hard and proceeded to read the opinion piece, but the writer (a woman) quickly lost me with “men can pretend tolerance of and even affection for women while also seething with sexist resentment of their power,” and “Having calculated that savaging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wasn’t firing up the he-man pitchfork crowd as much as they had hoped, conservatives are now trying to smear Ocasio-Cortez as young, dangerous, naïve stylish and a good dancer.”       

Maybe I’m just an overly down to earth, common sense thinker, or perhaps a naïve old white male, but I just don’t get this whole alleged anti-woman thing that has sprung onto the scene more vividly since the election. The first thing I thought of when reading was, who thinks like this? Maybe it’s because I don’t know anyone in my circle of life who talks about the plight of women being in Congress like this, or anywhere for that matter.

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To me, the column reeked of a woman living in a bubble, who irrationally perceives threats to her idealistic way of thinking which has nothing to do with the reality of the majority of Americans – men and women alike.

 It’s a Plain and Simple People issue:

I don’t care if someone is young, old, black, white, brown or any other color. I don’t care if they are male or female. It gets down to the kind of person they are and the skills they have in any endeavor, personal or professional. There is a woman making history this weekend by becoming the first female referee in an NFL play-off game, and that’s great. She didn’t get there because the NFL implemented a forced gender equality policy; she got the assignment because she’s qualified for it!

I’ve had female bosses in the past who were terrific, and some who were downright lousy. I’ve had several female employees over the years, and some were just plain awful, while many were fantastic. Good or bad bosses/employees, it absolutely had nothing to do with their gender.  I wish the women who push out their apparent insecurities by demanding respect and dignity through artificial social engineering would just stop.

Giant Elephant:

Jason Gibb’s opinion piece in The Signal on December 29 was a year-end highlight for me, as he addressed the HUGE elephant in the nation that is the national debt, which not too many folks in our midst, far and wide, seem to have much concern about.

In part Jason wrote; “Nancy Pelosi lamented in 2013 that a $4 trillion budget was a bare bones number that could not be lowered … Is there really nothing the government can do to ease taxpayer burden?”

Jason went on to refer to Rand Paul’s annual “Festivus waste report” that among others found $18 million to support tourism in Egypt, $76 million for stipends to soldiers in the Somali National Army and nearly $1 million to study the sexual habits of quail addicted to cocaine!

I said “RANT ON BRO” when I read this from Jason: “Can someone help me find the section of our Constitution that authorizes the federal government to tax the people in order to fund researching the ever-important drug-induced sexual habits of quail?”

“Ms. Pelosi, the cupboards would not be bare if our representatives would start saying no to projects that are not just unconstitutional, but downright idiotic.”

More Insanity:

I was intrigued with Jason Gibb’s discovery of the findings in the Festivus report, so I went looking for it and oh my freaking goodness, it’s hard to believe (or not).

The report found $114,514,631 was wasted in 2018 on stuff that is so ridiculous one would hope even the new liberal ladies in Washington would grimace at them (I hope Katie Hill reads this, but color me skeptical as she went out of her way to meet with the Signal’s Publisher recently, but avoided me like the plague, if that’s any indication of which local paper she reads).

Aside from what Jason found: In Rwanda, we paid to teach special interest groups and citizens how to lobby, funded a fictionalized opera about Prince Harry, blew leaf blowers at lizards, supported legislative priorities in Libya, put on plays in Afghanistan, studied horse and donkey hunting on the ancient Anatolian Peninsula, and my favorite, $2.5 Million for studying day dreaming. Really, day dreaming?!

When and how this insanity ever ends, I surely don’t know. The stuff in Rand Paul’s report should be the easy stuff to cut, if anyone in the swamp of our capitol had the vision and guts to get after it. The problem, though, goes so much deeper than this foolish spending, and will probably take a cataclysmic economic event to wake people up (sadly, including our current president) and take gut-wrenching actions, even when it’s too late to avoid dire circumstances.

PAYGO, CUTGO, WHO KNOWS?

The lady lib rookies in Washington are wasting no time in showing their true colors (I don’t think we’ve seen Katie Hill’s true colors yet) as they seek to avoid any restrictions on the lavish spending they wish to impose.

Because I needed to know; here are some rough definitions:

PAYGO: Allows for new taxes to be passed in order to pay for new programs.

CUTGO: Requires cuts to existing programs to offset new spending.

Austerian:  A person who advocates austerity by cutting government expenditures, particularly social expenditures, in an effort to cut governmental deficits.

Lady Libs:  “Tomorrow I will also vote No on the rules package, which is trying to slip in #PAYGO. PAYGO isn’t only bad economics, it’s also a dark political maneuver designed to hamstring progress on healthcare and other legislation. We shouldn’t hinder ourselves from the start.”

“I will be voting NO on the Rules package with PAYGO. It is terrible economics. The Austerians were wrong about the Great Recession and Great Depression. At some point, politicians need to learn from mistakes and read economic history.”

For some reason, one of these ladies tagged New York Times columnist Paul Krugman (Nobel-Prize winning economist) with their post. He’s the guy who predicted a Trump presidency would cause the stock market to plummet and lead to a worldwide global recession. We all know how that prediction worked out, and if these ladies think this guy is a true economic expert it’s a good indication of their perception of reality.

I wish these ladies would grasp genuine reality and buy into this common sense statement from many years ago.

“You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from someone else.  When half the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”      

 Absurdity & Stupidity Read & Heard:

 “I actually think the president is mentally incapacitated, and I have thought so for quite some time.”

 “We all know Trump needs his diaper changed from time to time.”

 “The fact is, a wall is an immorality. It’s not who we are as a nation.”

 “As president, Donald Trump will purify American citizenship by forcibly deporting some 11 million Mexican immigrants living illegally in the U.S.”

 “Trump’s presidency has literally hit a wall. And he continues to bang his head against it. Donald Trump is a cancer on the soul of America. He will be removed so Democracy can live again.”

“I’m a big believer that if this country hasn’t broken your heart then you don’t love her enough. There are things that are savagely wrong in this country.”

“We must remove and replace the system and the culture that gave us Trump in the first place. We must also cleanse our American soul of our white male privilege.” “This wall that the President wants is a monument to white nationalism.”

“This is all Donald has left. He has one thing. This wall is not a wall, it is a ‘let’s keep America white again,’ and basically he doesn’t have the economy anymore.”

“We’re Going to Impeach the Motherf**ker!”

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

Gov. Gavin Newsom promises a ‘progressive, principled’ California (Headline)

*His inaugural speech was great advertising for moving companies and nearby states, because after hearing it, many more Californians want to get the heck out of here, ASAP!  (Me)

“Christian Bale just referred to Dick Cheney as a charisma free asshole and thanked Satan for providing the inspiration to play him. Gee, some people in America consider Cheney a bright, principled, conservative public servant and loving husband and father.” (Larry Elder)

“They want their crumbs back. They want to eliminate ICE, they want open borders, and ObamaCare on steroids. They want a single-payer system and endless, endless, endless investigations. How does that help you? They want to investigate the president and of course impeachment, impeachment, impeachment. But they wouldn’t tell you this leading up to the midterm elections.” (Sean Hannity)

“I would say to Nancy Pelosi, you need to love your country a little more than you hate the President.”  (Tom Homan, former ICE Director)

“Trey Gowdy foamed at the mouth with power in Congress, then retired because he claimed he didn’t enjoy it. Now it’s clear: Trey Gowdy just wanted a fat lobbyist paycheck. That should be illegal.  (Elizabeth Warren)

“Senator Warren, I’m not lobbying. Not now. Or ever. Perhaps you were cracking open a beer when that was announced.  I don’t mind your criticisms. Just be more sensitive to facts.”  (Trey Gowdy)

No prayers at public settings:  (Headline for an opinion piece)

*They say that now, but if a cataclysmic disaster were to occur, these prayer naysayers would be on their knees praying in a heartbeat!  (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.

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