So How Was 2005?

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    This article reminded me that as we near the end of the year, it's a time of reflection, planning, and resolutions.

    http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/pdupont/?id=110007706

     
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    If it's a "fake lie," does that mean it's the truth? :dunno:
     
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    I agree with Mr. DuPont's big picture essay. 2005 did see the UN further exposed for the failure it is; both in choice of 'leadership' and as a viable, credible institution for civilized nations to turn to.

    The US is moving along; economically, socially, and perhaps even politically. I hope 2006 brings resolve of the administration to keep hammering home the successes it has and determination to right some of our problems here at home, most specifically the borders and the budget. I also hope that the administration really begins to address and lead the people of the US on which countries really are our allies and which aren't.

    If the executive branch does what it should, I think Congress will be left with no choice but to follow and get some things done. If this does happen, there may well be the sea change of the electorate many of us expected after 9/11.

    I hope, in all honesty probably fruitlessly, that 2006 brings awareness to the MSM that they must start reporting news and keeping editorializing to the correct section. IF they would do so, we might see the end of the hemorraging of readership of the nation's dailies, this is very necessary in a democracy. For all of my bashing of the MSM, at root is my dismay of what they are doing to themselves and to the people of the US. It didn't start with George Bush and won't end there, but at some point I do hope they recognize and begin to clean up their act.

    Personally 2005 was a good and bad year, as I guess all are. All my children are doing well and are healthy. Best news was the 'little one' getting the resident assistant position at his university, saving him several thousand dollars in loans a year, while increasing his already substantial leadership skills. Coming in close was the daughter getting professional recognition of her vocal gifts in opera and the other son deciding to return to university for finance degree, paid for by his employer, a bank! Yep lots there to be proud and thankful of regarding the kids.

    My dad though has had a rough year. He's in the hospital now and we're hoping he'll get out by Christmas. He is NOT a happy camper. At the same time, it seems that they will be able to clear the artery that they believe was causing him to get recurring vertigo. No doubt, considering he'll be 85 in less than 10 days, I guess he's really in pretty good shape. Still does the golf thing and manages to get to his grandchildren's concerts and competitions. He has his friends and gets out with them at least a couple of times a week.

    At this time last year, I figured I'd be getting the MS diploma this month. Alas, $$$, family illnesses-on the father front, a realization that MS priced me out of gaining the public school positions I want, as well as acknowledging to myself that I don't want to be an administrator all came into play.

    At the same time, thanks to the first year courses and books, I did increase my skills, especially regarding assessment choices and addressing some of the differences within my classes. That is a lot to gain.

    In 2006, I am hoping to get into another master's program, many if not most of the other courses will transfer. The trick is to not have to pay for most, if not all of it. Crossing my fingers, things are looking possible. Two possibilites, one with history, another with political science. Either will do. :laugh:

    Well there is my first reflection. Anyone else?
     
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    This particularly struck me. It's something I have long believed, that liberals do not believe "the People" are intelligent enough to govern themselves. And their voter base seems to prove it. In my (admittedly limited) experience, those who vote liberal are the ones who do not know what any of the issues are, what the candidates' voting records have been, etc. In this area, if a politican spouts "JOBS!" and the labor union backs him/her, that's good enough for Joe.

    So, to translate Walter Cronkite's statement: "America is not buying the lines we want them to. They are not yet deceived enough to vote liberal at election time. We in the media have our work cut out for us if we want to snowball the public enough to turn our democracy, our republic into a socialist state."

    Good Job, America!
     
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