With less than 24 hours left in 2021, perhaps it’s time for a few personal reflections. I’ve had more than plenty of time to just sit and think during the past four months, and often my thoughts have revealed more about my own inner workings than anything. One thing I learned about myself is that I’m really good at ‘talking the talk’, but when it comes to ‘walking the walk’, I fail miserably. I consoled myself with … “not everyone is able to attend protest marches or donate large sums of money … we all give according to our abilities.” All of which sounds very nice, but … with a bit more effort, might I have been able to attend a BlackLivesMatter protest near my home? Probably. Might I have donated money to the cause? Absolutely. Instead, I used my voice to write blog posts criticizing racism, racists, misogynists and other forms of bigotry, as well as the corrupt and evil politicians, but what did that really accomplish?
Lest you think I’m beating up on myself for my shortcomings, I’m not. I’m simply trying to learn enough from them so that I can do better at some point in the future. Given my current health issues, my abilities are still very limited, but I can focus on what I need to do differently when I am able to.
As I’ve mentioned in previous ‘New Year’ posts, I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, for it is only setting oneself up for failure. I always, though, have hopes for the upcoming year, and this year is no different. Here are a few of my hopes for 2022.
On a personal note, I hope to regain my health, or at least most of it, and be able to return to a fairly active life. I hope my family and friends remain safe, healthy, and financially secure throughout the year.
On a more political note, I have many hopes for the country and the world …
- I would like to see the January 6th committee submit to the Department of Justice recommendations for criminal prosecutions for the former guy, as well as Rudy Giuliani, Steve Bannon, Mark Meadows, and all other politicians who played a role in the coup attempt. Then I would like to see Attorney General Garland follow through and prosecute those people to the fullest extent of the law. They should all be in prison by this time next year.
- I would like to see the end of Covid, meaning that vaccine mandates will need to be enforced relentlessly and at least 95% of the people in this country fully vaccinated. The naysayers are more than welcome, in my book, to leave the country … perhaps they would enjoy living in Brazil … or Siberia.
- I hope that in the coming year, leaders and policy-makers in every nation on earth start listening to the scientists and taking climate change more seriously. The Paris Accords are a starting point only, but I think we can realistically say that it’s too little, and possibly even too late. The climate deniers can join the vaccine deniers in Brazil!
- I hope, though I’m fairly certain it is a futile hope, that the Republicans and Democrats can learn to live together in peace. In other words, that members of Congress can set aside their party affiliations and actually work to legislate policies that are in the best interests of the people of this nation. Compromise is possible, but it cannot only benefit the wealthiest, most powerful individuals.
- I hope that reasonable gun laws will be legislated in the coming year, for the gun culture in the U.S. has gone well past lunacy! No ordinary person needs to own a gun … it is an ego trip for power-hungry, arrogant people.
- I hope that both President Biden and Vice President Harris remain safe and well throughout the year.
- I hope that S. 4: John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021 and S. 2747: Freedom to Vote Act and S. 2093: For the People Act of 2021 pass in the Senate long before the November elections in order to ensure that every eligible voter is able to vote without undue hardship. These three bills may well be the most important ones this year, for without them, our democracy will crumble.
- I wish for, but know we are a long ways from, an end to bigotry in all its many forms. Racism, religious bigotry, white supremacy, misogyny and other forms of bigotry have no place in today’s world … they should have ended long ago, but greed and arrogance seem built into the human mindset and far too much harm has been done in the name of “supremacy”.
And last, but not least, I wish all of you, my blogging family, a safe, peaceful and joyous 2022. Cheers, love ‘n hugs to you all!