Goodbye 2011

Stay safe folks

If you haven’t had a chance to read Harpers Magazine year in review – a wonderfully dry, truncated piece of true wit – I highly recommend it:

The world failed to end. The United States observed the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people on September 11, 2001. Osama bin Laden was assassinated in Abbottabad, Pakistan, during a joint mission by U.S. Navy SEALs and CIA agents. The Iraq War ended. Protests across the Middle East led to revolutions in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia, to uprisings in Bahrain, Syria, and Yemen, and to at least 32,000 deaths. Libyan forces shot and killed deposed leader Muammar Qaddafi after finding him hidden in a drainage pipe in Sirte.

[…] In the United States, a bipartisan congressional supercommittee created to reduce the federal deficit failed to reach an agreement, triggering $1.2 trillion in budget cuts that will take effect in 2013. Members of Congress were found to spend 27 percent of their time taunting one another. Congress reaffirmed “In God We Trust” as the national motto. A nine-foot-tall, 900-pound, $900,000 statue of Ronald Reagan debuted in Washington. The Washington Monument cracked.

For all the talk of vacations and holidays, when they do actually arrive I find myself regretting the slow pace of news and information. Yet I can’t help but think that this traditionally slow period is really the calm before the storm of a 2012 that has momentous moments already planned. In this country we’ll see a year of intense political campaigning culminating in the election of a President and a landmark Supreme Court case concerning the Affordable Care Act. Around the world we’ll continue to see events unfold from the original Arab Spring, and quite possibly something entirely different might be born out of the ashes of an imperfect European Union. Really, though, those are just things we see/might see happening now. Who in the waning days of December of 2010 could have imagined the results of the Arab Spring – the intense weather events of earthquakes in Japan and the horror of drought in the Horn of Africa – or the tragic shooting in Arizona and the rise of the Occupy movement? No doubt the new year will present occasions for dialogue, discussion, mourning and hopefulness.

Though I’m not really interested in doing one of those end of the year recaps for Punditocracy – I’ve only been blogging on and off for the last six months – I’d like to thank everyone who follows on WordPress, through Twitter and Facebook and all of the Likes and comments. I hope to see more of those in 2012 and beyond. Wherever life and school takes me the land of Punditocracy will always be my place exercise the written word.

Happy New Year,

David Phillippe

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