Thoughts on 2009.
Well, another year has come and gone in the history of the United States and what a year it was. America elected its first black president to much fanfare, but outside of this development 2009 is shaping up to be one of the worst years in American history.
So much has happened this year that it is enough to make your head spin. On the political front, Obama has proven to be an ineffectual President thus far. He gave us a poorly designed stimulus plan that only added mounds of debt and did not perform as advertised. His healthcare plan has been an amalgamated, rushed mess that will make all Americans worse off. We have had two successful terrorist attacks on American soil, one resulting in 14 deaths (Ft. Hood) and the other a massive breach of security that only failed because of the amateurishness of the terrorist and the bravery of the passengers and flight crew of Flight 253.
For all of his “soaring rhetoric” his foreign policy has proven to be a dud. Iran is more belligerent than ever as they rapidly move towards getting a nuclear weapon. North Korea ended the truce and the Korean Peninsula is technically at war again. The removal of the missile defense shield in the Czech Republic and Poland did not gain us any favor with Russia. The lack of not meeting the Dalai Lama did not gain us any favor with China. Democratic countries such as Britain, Israel and Honduras were given the cold shoulder. Copenhagen turned out to be a dud. Things were so bad for Obama that he couldn’t even get the Olympics for his hometown of Chicago!
We also lost some pretty famous people this year. Michael Jackson, Billy Mays and Farrah Fawcett all died within weeks of one another. Brittany Murphy died at the age of 33. Esteemed journalist Robert Novak died this year. Even though I don’t agree with his politics, Ted Kennedy died before the atrocious healthcare reform bill started. These are but a few of the famous deaths that occurred this year. I am pretty sure that I missing a great many others, but it is not on purpose and may you all rest in peace.
And what about that Tiger Woods? Talk about a fall from grace. This man was once on top of the world with millions in endorsements, a loving family and the respect of people in and out of the sport of golf. However, it turns out he was nothing but a pig. You know, it never surprises me the extent to which famous blacks will go to ruin their careers. Cheating is one thing. Cheating with multiple women is another. Cheating with multiple women and lying about it is another thing entirely. Painting yourself as a traditional values family man in order to garner endorsements and endear yourself to whites to only cheat with multiple women and then lie about it is the absolute sin in this country. I hope he can put back together his family life (the most important thing) and I hope he works to get back into the good graces of the country because the game of golf needs him, literally.
All in all, 2009 was a crazy year, but 2010 will be the year when America’s course will truly be determined. There will be a reckoning on all of the debt that we have incurred in just one year under Obama. The destruction of healthcare continues when Congress comes back into session next year. On the foreign policy front, I think it is going to get a lot worse. Indeed, because of his lack of wanting to “meddle” in Iranian affairs, Obama may be potentially ceding the ability to influence Iranian opinion to the Russians and Chinese. Obama has yet to recognize the full extent to which he must be President. He has dug himself a massive hole and climbing out of it is going to be a monumental task.
That being said, don’t worry about any of this stuff tomorrow. Instead, bundle up with your loved ones, drink to your heart’s content and be merry and ring in the New Year with a sense of pride and purpose. After all, America is still these best country on the face of the planet.
Have a wonderful New Year.