Happy New Year and welcome to 2017! And not a minute too soon!
I hope you’re not nursing a hangover from last night. But if you are, at least take solace in knowing that the long national binge drunk that was 2016 is blessedly over. Last year saw Americans battered by a politicized media and over a billion dollars in attack ads designed to drive us all further apart and into warring fiefdoms. While far too many Americans remain “bitter clingers,” refusing to stop fighting a battle that was over in November, let’s hope they’ll come to realize how much of that anger and animosity they feel was ginned up by political theater, invented by consultants who profit and gain power from fomenting divisiveness.
For the rest of us who just want to make America great again, that starts with putting the election in the rear view mirror. We need to keep our eyes on the tough road ahead, and not let the profiteers of division distract us from all the things we have in common. Let’s hope and pray there are no more disasters, be they natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes, or manmade disasters, like the terrorist attacks in Berlin, Nice, San Bernardino and Miami. But let’s bear in mind that if disasters come, nobody should care if they’re in red states or blue states. Wherever and whenever our fellow Americans are hurting, we all pitch in to help.
Let’s make 2017 a year to rediscover the things we have in common, and join hands instead of pointing fingers. Maybe reconnect with those Facebook Friends who unfriended you just because you didn’t see eye-to-eye on some political issue. If there’s one thing previous New Years have taught us, from the Y2K scare to the Mayan Calendar, it’s that despite all the apocalyptic gloom and doom talk, the world didn't come to an end. Life goes on. And life is what you make of it. 2017 could be the greatest year ever if we all agree that come what may, we’re going to make it great.
If you can't be that optimistic, then just be happy that 2017 isn't an election year! And here's more good news: the 2020 presidential campaigns won't start gearing up in earnest until at least October.