Sunday, January 5, 2020

Welcome to 2020

Let me be the one the last to wish you a happy new year.

Tampa Bay, Fl 
Opinion by: E. Eugene Webb PhD
Author: In Search of Robin, So You Want to Blog

Only a mere five days into the new year and already we have an impeachment process that has stalled, a leader of the House who can’t quite figure out what to do, a president who has started what appears to be the beginnings of a new war in the Middle East, a super-rich billionaire who’s trying to win the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party and a continuing  list of candidates who will try to challenge him.

It looks like 2020 is off to a great start.

We ended on December 31, 2019 with the stock market at the highest level it’s ever been only to have events in the Middle East put us on a catering brink of a collapse.

I think the new year holds a huge amount of promise for the United States. We get the free show of a political presidential campaign that is sure to be entertaining if nothing else, and an ever unfolding drama in the House and the Senate as the politicians try to figure out what to do with each other.

In fact, they spent more time trying to figure out what to do with each other than they spend on trying to figure out what to do for you and me.

I’m looking forward to 2020.

I think the presidential campaign will reveal who should really be the next president of the United States and what the characteristics of that president need to be. I also think there’s a great possibility that the presidential campaign will redefine what a lot of us think about ourselves, what we’re doing and how we’re doing it.

What’s disturbing to me about the new year is the lack of civility that continues to grow among us as a people. From the highway to the court room in the houses of Congress to the chambers of local government people just seem to be angry.

In the Congress, it’s anger, in the board room it’s meanness and dishonesty, in the halls of government at the local level and the state level it’s constant arguing, in the schools it’s anger. We just don’t seem to be able to get along with each other.

On the road, it’s road rage, in the home is domestic violence, in the church its lack of faith and faith shattered, on the street it’s drug abuse.

The questions are what do we do, how do we cope, what are the solutions, how do we get our civility back?

I don’t know, but I do know this:

We have to begin to reign it back in. We have to put social media in its proper precept as just another information source not the way we live our lives. That alone will probably do more to make 2020 a good year than anything else we can conceive of.

In the new year look forward to 2020.

Be careful with your investments, watch over your children, love your spouse and most of all when you’re out there on the road and somebody cuts you off stop screaming at the windshield, stop swearing at the guy next to you and most of all if you’ve got a gun get a gun safe put it in their lock it up and kind of forget that you have it.

Happy new year.

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