New Year 2018 | DcD: Despair and Determination, Two Sides to a Coin


By Deborah Baber Savalla

Two recent headlines cause despair but also give rise to determination to act. The two headlines are Six Insane California Laws That Go Into Effect Monday by Jared Sichel (Daily Wire, December 29) and one headline published New Year’s Day in Gateway Pundit entitled Video: CNN Reporter Holds Joints, Lights Bong for Pot Smoker on Live New Year’s Eve Broadcast by Kristin Taylor.

The first headline was striking enough and reading through that author’s pick of “six insane laws” is an ad to relocate to States of sanity! Even so I highly recommend reading the article to arm oneself with knowledge needed to change the direction of our state.

Excerpts from the Daily Wire: “1. The entire state will now ignore U.S. immigration law…” refers to SB 54, Sanctuary State and AB 291 governing landlords actions. “2. The DMV is raising vehicle registration fees…” SB 1 allows for fees to go from $25 to as much as $175 depending on the vehicle. “3. Employers can’t ask applicants about their salary history…” AB 168 intrudes on and governs employer and perspective-employee salary negotiations. “4. Low-skilled workers will have a harder time finding work…” SB 3, dealing with mandatory minimum wage increases.  “5. You can make up your gender on official state IDs…” SB 179 will allow people to simply submit an affidavit testifying to one’s gender identity and choosing to be male, female, or nonbinary  on that individual’s official state ID. “6. Schools will no longer be able to decide whether or not they’re gun-free zones…” AB 424 makes school employees with concealed carry permits unable to exercise their concealed-carry-permit right.

As crazy and irresponsible as the above laws are, it was the summary line of the “insane laws” article that really caught my attention and which, when coupled with the second headline/article from Gateway Pundit, led to my DcD, Despair cum Determination!

That last line refers to AB 64 “Cannabis: licensure and regulation” which places California on par with Colorado in the legalization of marijuana. The CNN network celebrated Colorado’s drug legalization law during its New Year’s broadcast-cut-away to Denver featuring journalist Randi Kaye giggling insanely as she “Holds Joints, Lights Bong for Pot Smoker” while wearing marijuana leaf earrings. Interestingly enough, when CNN host Anderson Cooper and Bravo television personality Andy Cohen moved away from the giggling Kaye and went to a New Year’s broadcast of Sarah Sanders from a music show in Nashville, journalist Sanders was quick to “reassure” her mom (2:39 mark) that, “…I want to make it clear to my mother that there’s none of that (pot-smoking) happening here!”


Families including their children are watching these New Year’s programs. These programs, like state legislation from Alaska (red), Colorado (red), Maine (red), Massachusetts (blue), Nevada (blue), Oregon (blue), Washington (red), and now California (blue) normalize drug use and promote it under the guise of “medicinal” necessity or “recreational” personal choice. Democrats and Republicans alike share responsibility for the advent of the “Coming Age of Cannabis” which heralds a breakdown in personal responsibility and abdication of civil societal norms.

I despair at the absence of morally-grounded, responsible, small-government legislative leadership in my adopted state of California and elsewhere. I wonder if next year’s New Year’s Eve celebration will feature so-called TV journalists smoking up a “weed-storm” of cannabis, a name, by the way, which has been substituted for “marijuana” to gloss over the reality of what the law actually does. It legitimizes consuming POT and spawns untold commercial ads in support of joints, bongs, reefer, roaches, hits, hemp, and hashish!

I could continue to despair from my armchair but I am determined not to give in or give up, DcD! My New Year’s Resolution: Be it resolved that I WILL NOT stand idly by watching the willful demise of a once-great state. I invite others to join me during the 2018 mid-term election year in our civic responsibility to be informed citizens casting votes for people who will govern with a hand-up and not enslave with hand-outs! I invite others to become active in the process and responsibility of governing ourselves by governing who we vote into office!

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Deborah Baber Savalla is a former book publishing executive in New York City. She believes in moral clarity which leads naturally to personal responsibility which WILL RESULT in small government. 

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One Response to New Year 2018 | DcD: Despair and Determination, Two Sides to a Coin

  1. Monica Gray January 2, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Cannabis has been used for thousands of years, was widely prescribed until the 1930’s, and was viliified by rich racists, and Henry J Anslinger when they wanted to put profits over people. Nixon said they knew they were lying about the safety and efficacy of cannabis, but the Drug War was more important than human rights. I had Stage 3 breast cancer but lived, survived domestic violence and a burst appendix using cannabis. It is neuroprotective, and can help people detoxing from alcohol avoid the life threatening side effects of the process. Read a few of the thousands of studies published or read up on the patents pharma companies are filing before you insert your opinion, please. Your need to dictate how people live their lives does not override their right to choose for themselves, ma’am. My doctor, and counselor ( a former sheriff, btw) agree with my choice that it is the most effective medicine for me, so there’s that…. Alexis Bortell, aged 11 ,is suing Jeff Sessions for the right to control her epilepsy with it , because it is the only thing that has helped her when all pharma solutions failed. Again, her right to live and thrive is not yours to decide. May compassion and common sense thrive in 2018.


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