Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | February 14, 2019

A Sad State of Affairs:

 It’s been well chronicled in this column the vileness gracing the pages of Facebook when things are written or said in a manner some disagree with. All I have to do is post this column in a certain Facebook group and watch out! The thing is the comments tend to not debate issues, but to attack me personally, and it’s folks I’ve never met.

I’m not decrying the hateful notes I get; I’ve been doing this long enough that I’ve received plenty of love (not) letters attacking me, resulting in a thick skin. I figure it comes with the territory when I write what I feel passionate about and others see it differently.

But, when social media rebuttals turn to perceived death threats, or at least harm wished upon someone, that crosses the line. The recent controversy regarding Saugus school board member David Barlavi raising his fist (with his hand over his heart) during the Pledge of Allegiance ignited hate from both sides of the political spectrum.

Strong debate on this issue is normal and expected, but when the threat of harm is tossed in, I find it really sad. I know Hart board member and conservative radio show host Joe Messina has been threatened on numerous occasions for his views.


I don’t think I know anyone I disagree with more than David Barlavi when it comes to political issues; I’ve criticized his thoughts to the 10th degree over the years in this column. But, in no way should his thoughts or actions result in physical threats. The same goes for Joe Messina who has a successful national radio show and has been threatened for espousing conservative views, while also serving on the school board.

To me this phenomenon that has developed in our community is eerily similar to what we’ve seen on a national basis, with high profile figures being accosted in public places, and it just isn’t right. Take a chill-pill people, don’t take this stuff personally so that it causes unreasonable havoc with your emotions.

With That Being Said:

I find it hypocritical that Joe Messina has been a target of criticism, and even hate, over his national political views that many have claimed make him unfit to be a school board member. While his political adversaries have accused him of taking those stances while serving on the Hart board, I have yet to see any proof of that ever occurring. I challenge anyone to show me where, when and how he has ever said or done anything that could affect a student’s view on a national political matter.

On the other hand, it seems to me David Barlavi’s blatant act of perceived defiance against the government while saluting our flag could have profound influence on students, swaying their impressionable minds over an issue that is disputed across our land. This should not be the role of anyone on a school board.

I hope never again to hear one ounce of criticism of Messina over his political views while serving on a school board when Barlavi has clearly entered the realm of a school board member no-no.

Are They Really Unintelligent or Does it Just Seem That Way?

I don’t want to be mean or name call, but I’m mystified how seemingly intelligent human beings can really believe in what they say. Seriously, the new crop of socialist Dems can’t possibly believe in this stuff, can they, or is it just fake political maneuvering to win favor from like-minded folks?

Am I being too harsh? I just can’t believe good ole common sense doesn’t exist in their minds. This new green deal or green new deal, whatever it’s called, seems like it would be ludicrous to the average man or woman.

Permanently eliminate all planes, cars, cows, oil, gas & the military, even if no other country would ever consider the same policies? Look, I know I’m generalizing a little unfairly (like Josh Heath, in the “Quips, Quotes & Headlines” section) here, but even still, how can any of them think this brilliant plan is feasible? And even if it is, what about the minor details of how this could be done without majorly disrupting the American way of life, not to mention the economic devastation that would occur.                

It doesn’t stop there … they are spouting other bewildering thoughts into the air.

Reducing the number of beds available for violent illegal aliens in return for more border wall money,

Guaranteeing a job with family-sustaining wages, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security for all people in our country.

Guaranteeing all Americans high-quality health care, affordable, safe and adequate housing with economic security.

Eliminating private medical insurance in favor of government-run and paid-for national coverage.

Eliminating borders, with people from all countries coming in and out as they please.

Freaking out over Katie Perry’s shoe line because the shoes resemble a black face, forcing them to be removed from store shelves.

What about these recent comments, do they make any sense to you?

Walls do not save lives, walls end lives.”

The foundation of the wall is hate, it’s fear.”

If you cross the border undocumented he’s (Trump) now made you a criminal.”

If a person (illegal alien) has a driving under the influence violation, he is now making that a criminal act.”

It’s still a jail, it’s still walls, it’s preventing people from freedom.”

Please, someone tell me how any of the preceding stances on policies and comments makes any sense. Really, is there any common sense involved in any of this thinking, do these folks really, deep down in their hearts believe this stuff? I’m just baffled, I invite and implore anyone to fill me in and help ease my bafflement. Don’t attack me, just address the issues at hand with logical points.

I’m Sorry:

Last week’s Sunday morning news shows were focused on Jeff Bezos, his below-the-waist selfie, his girlfriend and the battle with The National Enquirer. Also heavy on the programs were the Governor of Virginia and the Attorney General of Virginia with their black face escapades from 30-some years ago.

I’m sorry, but I don’t give a rats rear end what the richest man in the world did with his cell phone camera or the embarrassment of his genitals being plastered all over the front page of the Enquirer. The same goes for what those guys did back in their school day prankster days. Why the media was so obsessed with this stuff last weekend is beyond me.

Perhaps they needed a ratings boost and thought this gossip type nonsense was necessary. I don’t know, but when you have the dictator of Venezuela preventing life-saving food and supplies to be delivered to his people, this type of coverage seems really trivial.

They could have revisted Hillary’s treasonous email actions or how the Obama administration actively tried to sabotage the incoming Trump administration, maybe even how Obama’s FBI and DOJ fraudulently jump-started the Russian collusion investigation. Heck, they could have even covered the deadly “zombie deer” disease that could spread to humans.

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

 Trump 52% approval jolts Washington  (Headline)

33 TV shows in Jan. slam ‘Terrorist’ Trump, praise abortion  (Headline)

“By the time we get to 2020, Donald Trump may not even be president. In fact, he may not even be a free person.”  (Elizabeth Warren)

*Does she really think that or just trying drum up emotional driven votes?  (Me)

“I’m urging all my millennial peers and the young people coming up behind us to look for signs and symptoms of them being in a Democrat-induced delusion. Don’t confuse the dream state of the socialists with any sort of reality. If you spot any signs of this politically terminal affliction within yourself, please seek help.” (Charlie Kirk, Fox News contributor)

*I wish some millennials I know would listen to Charlie  (Me)

But the President’s approach — blow the issue out of proportion, bypass Congress and shut down the government in order to build a costly wall that clearly isn’t needed — is simply beyond the pale. During the last election, Trump ran on his immigration vision, centered around a physical barrier on the southern border and voters rejected that strategy when they gave Democrats control of Congress. 

 The president, instead of recognizing this, instead betrayed the will of the people by shutting down our institutions in order to achieve a project folks don’t want.” (Josh Heath from his column in The Signal)

*“Build a wall that clearly isn’t needed”? Come on now, dozens of agents in the trenches say it is clearly needed, including a border patrol supervisor I spoke with.

*“Voters rejected that strategy when they gave Democrats control of the Congress.” Really, didn’t voters also give Republicans a stronger hold in the Senate? With that being a fact, millions of voters embraced Trump’s strategy of a wall, rejecting the anti-wall movement.

*President Trump “betrayed the will of the people,” “achieve a project folks don’t want”? Wait a minute, he didn’t betray my will or the will of many others, he is following through on our will.  Josh is wrong in his generalization of saying folks don’t want a wall, because clearly, millions of Americans do!        (Me)

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