I was going to write a wrap-up of 2018, but then I realized that I’d already done that when I wrote a wrap-up of 2016. That’s because so many people who major voices in the media or politics have spent the past two years living in a time loop, unable to move forward from that shocking moment over two years ago when they discovered that Americans might actually not want a President who calls them sexist, racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic deplorables to their faces.
In my New Year’s Day message for 2017, this is what I wrote:
”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…”
Now, two looooong years later, as we enter 2019, let’s all hope and pray that those sentiments from 2017 finally come true; that people at last shake off their hysterical blindness and realize that for all their caterwauling about Trump spelling the end of the world, America is actually doing pretty darn well. Despite their prognostications of gloom and doom…
Women’s right have not been rolled back (not only are women more powerful in the workplace than ever, there are more women in high level White House jobs than under any other President in history); we are not being plunged into new wars (Democrats who once called a Republican President a war criminal for sending troops to the Middle East are now attacking a Republican President for bringing the same troops home); aside from the recent stock market turmoil that’s been caused by the Fed, computerization of stock sales, global trade jitters, the election of a Democratic House and other variables, the economy is solid, with unemployment still at record low levels, gas prices stunningly low, and a fantastic Christmas season for retailers. And no, Nazis and white supremacists are no more powerful or popular now than they were five years ago.
So what is ahead in 2019? Nobody really knows. Maybe at some point, people will actually notice that the government is shut down (well, partially.) Maybe that will make them wish more of it would shut down. With any luck, the Democratic House’s ridiculous attempts to turn America into a fairy dust-powered, borderless, socialist Utopia will be squashed regularly by the GOP Senate, resulting in gridlock, leaving the rest of the country to go about its business without being “helped” or strangled (often the same thing) by Washington.
I wouldn’t dare to guess what will happen in 2019, but I will predict what will happen if Democrats pursue their mindless “impeachment” crusade. They’ve been screaming for impeachment of the President since Election Night 2016, with the grounds to be named at some nebulous future date. I’m convinced that most of those in politics and the media who keep calling for impeachment have no idea what it even means.
(For the record: impeachment in the House is nothing more than the political equivalent of an indictment. If the House did vote to impeach Trump, the Senate would have to convene a trial, presided over by the Chief Justice, with both sides presenting their cases. That means the “Impeachment” cheering squad would have to put up actual evidence of “high crimes and misdemeanors” serious enough to overturn the will of the voters in a national election – just saying “we hate-hate-hate this big meanie and his tweets drive us crazy” is not good enough. Removal would require a two-thirds vote, meaning all Democrats plus 14 Republicans, which is about as likely to happen as me trading my deer hunting rifle for a Salad Shooter. Impeachment has happened twice in US history, to Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, and neither was removed from office.)
Since Americans got tired of winning after just two years of Republican leadership and reelected Democrats back into power in the House, Nancy Pelosi will be under heavy pressure to actually bring articles of impeachment against Trump. If she’s foolish or weak enough to give in, I predict that the President will not be removed, public sentiment will turn against those who wasted the people’s time and money on a partisan witch hunt, and Republicans will win back the House in 2020.
So if I were predicting the future of the Democratic Party, I’d say that it all hinges on them spending 2019 suddenly starting to act like sober, reasonable, responsible adult leaders who are capable of listening to the other side with respect and working to achieve compromise in the best interests of America instead of just advancing their own agenda and pleasing their loudest, most childish and far-left elements.
As for the likelihood of that, my Magic 8-Ball says, “Outlook not so good.”
To the rest of you, enjoy your New Year’s day of parades, football or whatever you have planned, get a start on having a safe, happy and prosperous 2019, and we’ll be back with a regular newsletter, chronicling all the craziness daily, and reading all the news so you don’t have to, all starting back in again tomorrow!
Happy New Year!