LOS ANGELES, December 29, 2012 — As 2013 approaches, let’s look back at the Top Ten News Stories of 2012.
Top-ten lists are controversial. Listmakers usually emphasize the recent – out of sight, out of mind – or what interests them. No pop culture here; celebrity arrests and deaths are unfortunate, not important, and nothing a Kardashian does will matter ten minutes later. The “fiscal cliff”? Maybe important, maybe not. We won’t know until we go over the edge. Upper-class white girls who want free contraception are not news; they’re only spoiled. Sex scandals aren’t news unless they come with perjury or spilled state secrets.
“Top” is subjective. Top ten lists are the way they are just because. Critics should write their own columns. So with no further ado, here are the Top 10 News Stories of 2012.
10. Election 2012 in France. France fired conservative (by French standards) Nicolas Sarkozy and replaced him with Socialist technocrat Francois Hollande. Hollande favors repealing austerity measures and dialogue with French Islamists. Vive Le Suicide! This would rank higher if France were relevant.
9. NFL Scandals. “Sports” is entertainment, but 2012 brought troubling hard news for the National Football League. The “Bountygate” scandal showed Saints players and coaches conspiring to deliberately injure opposing players. Several suicides by former and current players rocked the league and led to serious discussions about concussions and player safety. If left unresolved, these issues could lead to the outright banning of football.
8. Vladimir Putin returns. Russia matters. After two presidential terms and one as Prime Minister, Putin returned for a third presidential term. He wants Russia to be the counter-balance to America again. He runs circles around American presidents, especially the current pliant one. The West should be concerned.
7. Election 2012 GOP Primaries. The GOP heart and soul were contested in some tough primary battles. Every week brought a new favorite, from Michele Bachmann to Rick Perry to Herman Cain. The top four candidates represented differing factions: Rick Santorum was the social conservative, Newt Gingrich the foreign policy wonk, Ron Paul the Libertarian, and Mitt Romney the establishment economic Republican businessman. As has happened every single time, the establishment won.
6. Supreme Court Obamacare Ruling. Chief Justice John Roberts shocked everyone by ruling Obamacare unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause but constitutional as a tax. Supporters hailed him as Solomon as criticism ranged from “getting too cute by half” to outright betrayal of the Constitution. Some conservatives noted that Roberts inoculated the High Court forever from charges of partisanship, allowing it to be moved far to the right in the future without valid complaints. The storyline now is that the still-embattled law is still, as a classy top Obama spokesperson Tweeted, “Constitutional, b*tches.”
5. Syria Crackdown. In 2011 Americans were told that Syrian strongman Bashar Assad had 36 hours left in his reign of terror. He still rules, and is threatening to use chemical weapons on his own people. The Obama administration relied on empty threats of “sanctions,” and “diplomacy.” This policy of “tough inaction” saw thousands of Syrians murdered while the world remains impotent to stop genocide. Shockingly, the United Nations has been useless.
4. Benghazi. On September 11th, 2012, al Qaeda terrorists murdered four Americans, including United States Ambassador Chris Stevens and a pair of Navy SEALs. The media buried the story until after the 2012 election to protect President Obama. Now they bury it hoping people will consider it “old news.” The Obama administration blamed spontaneous riots sparked by an anti-Muslim video. That narrative has been discredited while the film-maker remains jailed and nobody owns up to who pushed the video narrative.
3. Hurricane Sandy. Brooklyn and Staten Island are still hurting. After Hurricane Katrina, the media took great delight in claiming a white conservative racist leader let black people die. With a biracial leader and many Caucasian neighborhoods in Staten Island suffering, the media lost interest in the Sandy story. For three months people have been without power. Initial photos after Sandy first hit allowed President Obama to look decisive, playing a major role in the 2012 election.
2. Nationwide murder-suicides. Summer saw a gunman attend the premiere of “Batman: Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado and open fire, killing several and wounding many more. December saw murder at a Portland, Oregon shopping mall. An NFL player in Kansas City murdered his child’s mother and then shot himself at Arrowhead Stadium in front of his coach. Sleepy, safe Newtown, Connecticut saw a killer enter Sandy Hook Elementary School and murder twenty children and six adults during Hanukkah. On Christmas Day, a man in Webster, New York set a house on fire. When firefighters arrived, he shot and killed a couple of them and wounded several more. Liberals blamed guns while conservatives blamed Hollywood culture and violent video games. Mental illness received new attention.
1. 2012 General Election. The American President leads of the free world and has access to the (for now) strongest economy and military. President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney ran a brutal campaign. President Obama went slash and burn negative, rare for an incumbent. Like 2004, the incumbency strategy was to rally the base rather than fight for dwindling independents. Narrow slices of the electorate were pitted against each other. With bad economic and foreign policy outlooks, strategist David Axelrod rolled the dice. His strategy worked, as President Obama eked out victory in three major swings states. The candidates had two very different visions for America, and with help from a last minute Hurricane, President Obama declared vindication and validation of his vision.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, blogger, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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