Not really. I don’t want to be all doom and gloom, but even the good stuff like the Snowden revelations about the awesome powers of the National Security Agency (NSA) did little but give solace to those of us who’ve been talking about Big Brother for years by allowing us to say “I told you so” to our detractors.
That said, I don’t see politicians or the Courts doing anything much to try and save the rights ensconced in the 4th Amendment. The Drug War has pretty much obliterated our rights against unreasonable search and seizure anyway.
Now on to my Year-End Awards…
While Establishment Republicans are content to let the American People suffer under the yoke of Obama Care for political gain in the future, Senator Cruz tried to save us now! His lead to defund the President’s socialist takeover of a seventh of the American Economy was roundly criticized by everyone – principally other Republicans – for trying to prevent the hardships that are now upon us; insurance cancellations, higher deductibles, patients losing their doctors. All are now beginning to cause mass discomfort. Cruz did what he could and will hopefully keep fighting the good fight in 2014.
Paul’s end of the year festivals “Airing Grievances” on Twitter was priceless. Specifically his challenge to Cory Booker, the newly elected Senator from New Jersey, to do something about federal mandatory minimum prison sentences and the War on Drugs. I wish him all the luck in the world to stop this madness.
I love this woman! She’s the only one trying to stop the criminal banksters on Wall Street from looting what’s left of the treasury. She’s also trying to preserve the social safety net in this country, as the Republicans think it’s a good idea to slash the deficit by cutting food stamps and Social Security while at the same time never seeing a Department of Defense outlay they didn’t like. Senator Warren is sticking up for the poor and downtrodden and other Americans who don’t have an army of lobbyists working for them. I hope she challenges Hillary for the Democrat nomination in 2016. She’s got my vote in the primary.
Delusion’s populist brand of progressive politics may just save the Democratic Party in the 2014 elections and beyond. His declaration of war against the 1 percent and his policies advocating raising the minimum wage and outright redistribution of wealth are going to resonate well amongst huge swaths of Americans who are being left behind as the rich get richer, the middle classes get squeezed and the poor in this country are forgotten.
If for no other reason than stopping the West from becoming “officially” involved in the civil war in Syria, the President of Russia deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. Without Putin’s stalwart support of the Bashir Assad regime in Syria, the United States would be involved in yet another quagmire in what is already the most volatile and destabilized region on the Planet. The United States needs a check on its imperialist tendencies and Vladimir Putin is just the man for the job. He saved us from Syria, and anti-war, peace loving Americans should be glad there’s someone out there stopping us from being the “World’s Policeman.” Look at the messes in Iraq, Lybia, Afghanistan etc. It’s beyond clear that we don’t make very good cops.
Imagine the leader of a country who refuses to live in the Presidential Palace, donates 90% of his salary to the poor and is chauffered around in a VW Beetle and you’ve got Mujica, a true “Man of the People.” He recently signed into law an act which legalizes, taxes and distributes marijuana for medical, industrial and recreational uses. Uruguay was just named “Country of the Year” by Economist Magazine. And Mujica’s enlightened leadership and championing of the poor without alienating the business community are some of the reasons Uruguay deserves that esteemed honor.
That’s it for my year end awards for politicians.
I’ll be back to writing regularly again- I know the Stomper has missed me – and hey, it’s an election year so count on me enjoy venting and prognosticating here on KCC.
I’ll be back shortly with my predictions for 2014.
Have a Happy and Blessed New Year!