MILLINOCKET, Maine, December 29, 2013 – From a political perspective, 2013 has not been a banner year. It started with falling off the fiscal cliff into the sequester and ends with the mangled and morphing Affordable Care Act.
In between was a panoply of persnickety problems, not the least of which was the threat of war with Syria, which had hawks in both the House and Senate and on both sides of the aisle ready to give Assad a well deserved whoopin’ for allegedly using chemical weapons.
Up to that point they were apparently ok with killing Syrians using conventional bullets and bombs, but boys oh boys, don’t you dare kill people with gas.
And look who came to the rescue! Vladimir Putin showed the world how to defuse a volatile situation.
An ex-KGB man becomes the hero. Putin really should have been Time’s Person of the Year.
John Kerry-Heinz as Secretary of State hopscotched across the globe and with some of our foreign friends gave Iran a much-needed break from those pesky sanctions that were supposed punish them for enriching uranium for their “nuclear energy program.”
At least 2013 wasn’t all bad. We have a nice new Pope in the Vatican. Pope Francis is loved by all … well … there are some conservatives who worry that he might be a little tiny bit socialist. He did sort of put down capitalism, and for some folks, that borders on financial blasphemy.
And then there was the Obamacare rollout, launch, slingshot … whatever. From day one it never failed to disappoint and still the administration keeps hyping it as if it’s going to really do something this time … well maybe in a few days, or weeks … anyway, once the bugs are worked out it’ll be just swell!
Whether we like it or not, 2014 is upon us and we can always hope it will be a better year.
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