Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | April 2, 2020

Twilight Zone:

Whatever time zone Americans live in we’re all feeling like it’s the twilight zone. I have to be honest it’s taking some doing for me to get motivated to write this rant as I know it won’t be printed with ink for the very first time. Hopefully there are print readers who are finding their way to this online version.

These Are Scary Times:     

I’m not talking about the virus or even the economy right now; I’m talking about the way our nation could change after this day mare is over. The budding socialists, who have infiltrated every portion of the political spectrum in recent years, must be having gleeful thoughts as their mouths water as they can almost taste their dream of socialism, and all that comes with it, standing at our doors about to walk right in.

They are probably thinking the control the government has over us right now, and the heaps of money they’re throwing our way, are going to be the new normal when it’s all said and done. It was overwhelmingly obvious when Nancy Pelosi flew into the swamp and started demanding every damn socialist idea she could think of to be added to the bailout bill, including the green-new-freaking-deal, she was taking full advantage of this crisis, to start the trend of what she and her ilk have been striving for.


Does this mean the socialistic Dems are gonna keep the virus fear going for as long as possible to further worm their way into controlling America, touting what’s best for our well being and showering us with dollars from heaven to make it seem worth it?

I admit President Trump is helping to perpetuate these socialistic ways, but at this point what choice does he have? We can only hope and pray he sees the light of what these Dems are doing now, taking advantage of this crisis for their desired way and will fight like hell to regain our freedoms and get back to what we really need and that’s pure and simple capitalism.

 Stepping In It:

I suppose I’m stepping in it with these thoughts, but after seeing the Gazette lose 80 % of our revenue I just plain and simple don’t think this shut down is worth it, yea I said it! And it’s not just because of what we’re going through here, I’ve spoken with business owners in this community who had to stop their marketing efforts with us and I’ve seen and heard the absolute anguish in their faces and voice. They’re all more than willing to do whatever it takes to keep their employees and customers safe, but are crestfallen from what they are going through. I’m hearing, “Why can’t we be open for business like the stores, banks, Fed Ex, UPS and mail delivery are, we’ll be as careful as they are.”    

 Collateral Damage?

Sure, you can say they will be taken care of financially by the government, but I don’t think we’re recognizing the emotional collateral damage that many are or will suffer from. It’s just not normal to be unproductive, cooped up in a residence with no end in sight. Domestic violence, suicides and surely self-medicating with alcohol and drugs are on the rise.

I like what Devin Nunes said: “Keep as many people employed as possible. When you have people staying at home not taking care of themselves, we will end up with a hell of a lot more people dying from other causes then the coronavirus.”

I’m still asking a question nobody is answering. Why with the Spanish flu, the Polio outbreak, the Measles, the Mumps, Ebola, SARS, the Swine Flu, wasn’t the same government intervention taken as we’re being smothered with now? It seems to me our nation just dealt with those sicknesses, if you got it, you got it, some did, many did not and life went on, just as it does when thousands and thousands of our fellow Americans get sick or die for many different reasons.

Look, I’m putting my money where my mouth is, I’m 65 years old and a diabetic and sure I’m washing my hands like crazy, using hand sanitizer and trying to stay six feet away from humans, but I and millions of others are willing to take the risk of getting out there and mixing things up like we’re meant to do. Doing it without the fear many are succumbing to, you know like millions before us did throughout the years with many diseases, flu and viruses.

 More Virus Musings:

Adding to my questioning if this thing warrants the major disruptions of our lives are the statistics I’m seeing.

As of this writing 184 folks have died from the virus in California which equals .00026 % of the population. 8,704 Californians have been infected which is .0124 % of the population.

Nationwide there has been 207,613 cases reported equaling .00642 % of the population. Deaths as of April 1 stand at 4,611 which is .00142 % of our population.

Tell me if I’m wrong here, but does this seem to be a horrifying runaway pandemic to you, because it doesn’t to me. Sure, we need to try and stem the growth of the virus, I just don’t think it needs to be at the expense of the toll it’s taking on millions of Americans.

Even if (God forbid) the death rate reached 200,000 across our land, that’s still only .0000619% of the population. 7,452 people per day die in the United States from various calamities, we don’t freak out about that do we?

I understand it hurts very much when people we know and love get sick or die, it’s one of the hardest things in life we go through, but I for one will take that risk without seeing the unnecessary ruination of people’s lives just to protect me or even my loved ones.

 Quips Quotes & Headlines:

 “We’ve seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic. We can’t afford any more consequences of climate denial. All of us, especially young people, have to demand better of our government at every level and vote this fall.” (Barack Obama)

*Thanks for that Mr. Obama, but how many Americans give two hoots about climate change right now?  (Me)

Trump rolls back Obama fuel policy  (Headline)

*Rut Roh, Barack won’t be too happy when he hears that, he may even send out another vicious tweet saying climate change is more dangerous than the virus.  (Me)

Trump’s Muddled Message (Headline on front page of LA Times)

*Do you recall how many times you saw an editorialized biased headline like this regarding Obama? I don’t either, because there never were any. (Me)

“The Kennedy Center just received a $25 million taxpayer bailout. But after securing the funds, the opera house laid off its entire orchestra and other staff. Disgraceful.” (Rep. Jim Jordan)

*You think they will give the money back? Me neither. I wonder what Mrs. Pelosi thinks about this debacle, I’m sure she can justify it just fine.  (Me)

“I think Mitch McConnell and all of these politicians should be prosecuted when this is done for the lies which cost thousands of deaths. He knows Trump is a con man who lied to everyone to delay bad news and that led to thousands of additional deaths. They are all murderers.”  (Judd Apatow, Hollywood Writer/Director)

*Gee, this guy must be a huge Pelosi fan; she thinks Trump’s actions have been deadly for Americans too. (Me)

“There’s no such thing as a non-essential worker….this economy is basically a quilt, and if you start pulling on jobs and tugging on careers…the whole thing will bunch up in a weird way.”  (Laura Ingraham)

*Laura better be careful, the new management at Fox News is firing show hosts for saying things they don’t approve of, just ask Trish Regan.  (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 35 years, living in the Santa Clarita Valley for over 20 years, raising their 3 sons here.

One Response to “Doug’s Rant”

  1. Tom Schmidt on April 2, 2020 @ 4:08 pm

    I don’t disagree with anything you rant about. We need to get this shit behind us. I also understand that so far only a small percentage of the population has been affected by this virus but with the numbers you quote don’t include the 2% of those affected die. The number of cases reported only include those that have been tested. How many more have been infected with only minor symptoms. How many have been hospitalized that haven’t been tested due to the shortage of testing capabilities. I’m not saying there is some overacting however the number of cases being reported is growing exponentially.
    I hear that the elderly and those with pre existing conditions are the ones most likely to die if they become infected, you and I meet both of that criteria. When our first responders are becoming infected and we are loosing some of the most important members of our community, then we have a problem.
    Now Nancy,”I’m too old for the job “ Pelosi wants the money that is going to help our country to go to abortions , the green new deal and other fantasies, we have a real problem.
    God bless our Country and may we find a cure or vaccination to stop this pandemic and get our lives back to normal.

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