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| Doug's Rants | May 30, 2019

Let the Madness Begin:

Impeachment madness, that is, because after Robert Mueller’s rather ambiguous press statement Wednesday, all impeachment hell is going to break out in the House. If you think the Dems aren’t getting anything accomplished for the people these days, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet, because not much is going to get done while we witness the madness of wall-to-wall impeachment talk from now until the swamp rats come home.

 Justice for All?

I find it sickening that the gnashing of teeth over the very uncertainty of Trump’s Russian involvement towers over the certainty of Mrs. Bill Clinton’s blatant felony actions. The entire swamp should have been – and still should be – screaming from the top of a sewer sludge hill that her actions were far more dangerous for this nation than what Trump MAY have done.

I just hope William Barr goes balls-to-the-wall in going after the cover up of Hillary’s crimes, along with the coup-type effort of Obama’s DOJ and FBI that fraudulently launched this Russian mess in the first place.                   

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Gotta Be Careful On This One:

To avoid getting in some trouble here, I want to be perfectly clear; I am not a homophobe. I can’t relate to the LGBTQ+ community but I do not judge, condemn or have any ill will towards folks who live their lives in that manner. I have had gay employees and friends throughout the years and never gave much thought as to who they were in relationship with. In fact, I’m good friends with a publisher of another weekly newspaper in California who happens to be gay and we get along great and his personal relationship never comes up.

However, I am confused about the need for people who identify this way to promote and connect the LGBTQ+ lifestyle with their profession.  If someone is in any type of business – entertainment, sports or otherwise – I don’t care who they have sex with; I care about them as a person, how they treat other people and how they do their job.

This came to mind when I was at a Dodger game recently and they were plugging “LGBT Night” at an upcoming game, promoted as a special event ticket package that includes a ticket to the game, along with an exclusive LGBT Night duffle bag.  My thought was, “I don’t think they’ll ever have a heterosexual night with the words Straight Person printed on duffel bags, will they?” No, of course not. But that’s kind of my point – what’s the point of an LGBT Night (other than to sell more tickets)? Again, why the need to promote one’s sexual preference, whatever it is?                                     

 More Gay Athletes Need to Come Out:

That was the headline of an op-ed piece in the sports section of the L.A. Times. Yes, the sports section, where readers go to read about sports, not the opinion of a columnist who feels the need to promote his sexuality through professional athletes. (The L.A. Times should take heed from ESPN, who recently eliminated all political banter from their shows when they discovered it was one of the reasons for their drop in ratings.)

I was reminded of two or so years ago, when a headline read: “The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce is set to make history Friday night, when the board installs John Musella as its first openly gay chairman in the chamber’s 94-year history.”

In response, I wrote: “The sole purpose of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce is to support the members’ businesses through various means, plain and simple. In my opinion, the position should not be a means to advance someone’s personal or political message.” 

Who can forget Katie Hill’s proclamation in 2018, when she was in the midst of her campaign to unseat Steve Knight in the House?

“I’ve identified as bisexual since I was a teenager, and if we want to achieve equality for all in our policies, we need more voices from the LGBTQ community in Congress. I am proud to be endorsed by Equality California, Equality PAC, the LGBTQ Victory Fund and the Stonewall Democratic Club, and if elected, I will be the only openly bisexual woman in the House of Representatives.

I wrote: “In my opinion, if a candidate wants to run on the platform of equality for all when it comes to sexual orientation, so be it; all Americans should have equal rights. But why throw her sexual preferences into the mix? Is it to push her personal sexual agenda out there by using the position she is striving for as a platform?”

In other words, what does a person’s sexual preference have to do with being a chairman of a board, a member of Congress or a professional athlete?  I hope you can see where I’m coming from on this subject, and I strongly urge anyone who disagrees with me and wants to respond in writing to please do so. I will gladly publish it.

This is Great!

I love this; a private company just completed a $6 million border wall on private property near El Paso, and get this – they did it with money raised from a GoFundMe account. The co-owner of the company said the wall was built on his property.

We have dealt with illegals coming across. We have been attacked by illegals coming across. We have been burglarized by illegals. We have drug traffickers coming through here, and anyone who is against this is against America.”

I ask, who needs America?! Of course, I jest (sort of), but what a great example of what can get done without the government. These guys got something done while the swamp-dwellers in Washington stumble and bumble their way to uselessness! There is a genuine crisis at the border, and the Dems can’t see past their hate for Trump for the good of the country and the people who flock here with misguided notions at their own peril, but I digress.

The same Dems who are incased in hateful swamp mud are the ones who exclaim that the government is the be-all and end-all for us citizens, but they aren’t getting a damn thing done for us citizens. Team Trump is the only one getting the job done for our betterment (whoops, I digressed again).

The point I’m trying to make is if government would get out of the way and let the nature of capitalism fueled by ingenuity lead the way, we could get important things done, as did the independent border wall builders. For example, they could start with the Postal Service and turn over the debacle to an entity with common business sense and perhaps save the nation the billions of dollars they lose.

Like Ronald Reagan said, “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

Lindsey Agrees With Me:

 While we aren’t hearing much these days about the dreadful living conditions in Venezuela caused by their illegitimate president, who is backed by a bunch of Cuban troops, much of the Venezuelan population is still living a hell-like existence.

I wrote something similar to this before, but Lindsey Graham brought it home with this statement.

“Trump said rightly, Maduro’s not the legitimate leader of Venezuela. The entire region supports the Trump approach, that Guaidó is the legitimate leader. I would do exactly what Reagan did. I would give Cuba the ultimatum to get out of Venezuela. If they don’t, I would let the Venezuelan military know, you’ve got to choose between democracy and Maduro. And if you choose Maduro and Cuba, we’re coming after you. This is in our backyard.”

I say that if we were to do what Graham and I suggest, it would be a huge blessing for Venezuelans, and it would also show the likes of Iran and North Korea that President Trump has put big boy pants on America – and if you mess with us, it will be like what Toby Keith sang after 9/11: “We’ll put a boot up your ass; it’s the American way.”

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

“Her job is very much at risk. Nancy Pelosi is riding a bucking, wild bronco called the Democratic caucus.” (Lindsey Graham)

*I almost feel sorry for Nancy (emphasis on almost). She seems lost during her news conferences. Maybe Illhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and A.O.C. are driving her crazy; I would think they would drive anyone crazy!  (Me)

“This country was founded on the ideas of justice, of liberty, of the pursuit of happiness. But these core beliefs are under threat. Each and every day. We are under threat by an administration that would rather cage children than pass comprehensive immigration reform.”  (Illhan Omar)

*See what I mean about driving people crazy?  (Me)

“We have a president of the United States wink at a murderous dictator to mock a former vice president? As what? A campaign surrogate for 2020? This is despicable in too many ways to count.” (Dan Rather)

*Hey Dan, not nearly as despicable as your blatantly, fraud-like, fake reporting on George Bush that exposed you as the liberal hack you are!   (Me)

CNN Clowns. “Let me help. Has Trump been tougher on China, Russia, Iran, Cuba, Syria and yes, North Korea than Obama? No question about it.” (Mark Levin)

*Besides the booming economy, this is another example of the good job President Trump is doing. In other words, he’s making us a big boy country, as we were under President Reagan. (Me)

Consumer confidence rebounds to near 18-year high (Headline)

*Enough said. (Me)

Doug,

 Did you like Joshua Heath’s column?  He managed to combine the need for good old self motivation with Bernie Sanders to the rescue.  And some day Josh will be a college professor.  Tom

Doug,

I didn’t realize you were the Publisher of the Santa Clarita Gazette. I realize this is a Conservative paper that supports Donald Trump, and I appreciate reading views other than myself.  I enjoy your “Rants” as some of the stuff you write about also irritates me, but I don’t have a newspaper to vent about it. (By the way, did you actually READ the whole Mueller Report???)

 And, since probably half of my close friends support Trump, I cannot even put things on Facebook, where rants like this matter–ha ha.  

 I always read your newspaper when I get my car washed.  I enjoy it, like the articles a lot, and give support to local businesses.

 But, this last column was a bit over the line.  Give me a break.  I am a liberal, but occasionally watch State TV, aka Fox News.  Every time something very important is happening, like the President ranting and walking out of meetings, Fox News is reporting on the latest butt shot that Kim Kardashian had. Or, they are manipulating videos of Nancy Pelosi (so childish). They seem enamored of all TV and media personalities, especially when Trump does something really stupid.

 I welcome the GOP’s and Trump’s private lawyer, Barr, investigating the beginning of the Russian probe.  Maybe he will uncover exactly why the FBI and ALL Intelligence Departments realized that the Russians were seriously trying to influence the American elections in 2016.

 What I am concerned about is Trump’s coziness with Vladimir, and all other dictators.  Trump, as we all know, is truly an idiot, just totally self-centered and the only thing he loves besides himself is money.  His rich dad made the millions, working the American government (and they let him) then he gave Donald Trump, his only son that wanted to follow in his footsteps, a kick in the pants and sent him to military school, as apparently, he was a “bad boy” (I don’t believe in conspiracy theories, but there is something kinky about why he was sent to military school, when all the other kids were not and it pops up a bit on the Internet)

 Anyway, Donald just wanted to get his stern father’s approval and tried really really hard to follow in his footsteps. As in documented proof, he was a total failure, and Daddy kept bailing him out.  Long story short, he was a “master showman” and a genius, in my opinion, of manipulating public opinion.  Lo and behold, he even became President of the United States, a job he was wholly unqualified for, but, due to his talk(lies) and the disgust of the American public, and probably with the help of the Kremlin, he became President.

And, he LOVES it, wants to become dictator/king.  

 As a man with no intelligence, and who doesn’t read or study history or prepare for meetings with very intelligent world leaders, he has no clue about the American Constitution. (I’m so afraid of what Japan will get out of him with their blatant brown nosing of the Trump Trophy at the sumo wrestling match–look what Saudia Arabia got with the gold chair they let him sit on!!) He just barks orders, and expects his sorry kids and followers (GOP Congress people) to handle everything for him.  I know he is not a horrible person, he is just totally spoiled, self centered and all he cares about is money.  He has NO moral compass that he should have learned from parents, or teachers, or whoever.  It’s sort of not really his fault, but people that, in trying to get on his good side (like Lindsay Graham,) just cater to his every whim.  How should he know that the real world has consequences, he’s been doing this ALL his life.

 The problem is that the rest of the world also sees his vanity.  Putin, is former KGB, and has been planning the overturn of American democracy way before he took over power in Russia.  And, with his people, it was so easy to manipulate a disgusted American public.  They were very good.  I, too, saw their Facebook stuff.  I ignored it, but thought it was strange. But, I know a lot of my friends, who somehow feel “cheated” by life, easily bought into blaming ALL minorities for all their un accomplishments…It’s so easy to be a White Nationalist and blame people for your shortcomings, especially if you run into bad luck, or maybe you are not quite good enough to get that promotion.

 Donald Trump is trying, with the aid of Russia, to destroy the American Democracy where we all have an equal chance to have a good life.  By defying the Courts, and refusing to cooperate, by calling Intelligence Committee Traitors, the news media, “the enemy of the people.”  I’m hoping that the good people on the Supreme Court will realize the Constitution is here for a reason, and not, like Barr, turn in his morals for an evil purpose such as Trump has…

 I am really scared for our Democracy.  NO ONE is above the law.  Trump calls the Russian Investigation into his minions, who actually courted the Russians, a “witch hunt’ and he cannot govern while these investigations are going on.  Do you really think that someone that works with foreign governments, like Russia and Saudi Arabia, that will pay him millions, is really worse than Bill Clinton, who cheated on his wife??  And, by the way, Bill Clinton did a good job governing while he was being investigated.  Come on now, even YOU have to admit that foreign interference in our democracy is worth investigation.

 Anyway, I will still probably read your column.  I just hope, like Fox News, you are not just saying all these really dumb things for ratings. 

 Thank you, Vicky

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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 35 years, living in the Santa Clarita Valley for over 20 years, raising their 3 sons here.

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