Lots of blogs are writing retrospectives on 2010. And a lot of important things happened.
The Health Care Reform bill passed.
We heard a lot of talk about “Quantitative Easing.”
GM paid back the TARP money they borrowed. With more TARP money, sure, but hey! It’s paid!
We got full body scanners in various airports. And if you don’t allow that, they have alternative means of making sure you’re not toting explosives in your underpants.
We had a census!
There was a bit of bother in the Gulf of Mexico.
Despite a really good effort, we didn’t get bombed in Times Square.
We caught a bunch of Russian spies! In New York!
New Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan!
Rod Blagojevich convicted on one of 24 counts of corruption.
We officially ended combat operations in Iraq!
We didn’t elect a witch to Congress.
We got a tax deal!
Phew! What a year.
I’ll grant you, the things I’m pointing out above seem to have a consistent slant to them. That’s because it’s tempting to say that 2010 was a banner year for conservatism. From a Republican taking “Ted Kennedy’s Seat” in the Senate to a pretty sweep for Rs in the most recent election, we showed that conservative grassroots 9-12 and tea party groups have an impact, perhaps a startling impact, on the course of the country. And continue to do so despite the best efforts of our “free press”. (Did I mention Helen Thomas? She retired!) But if that influence is to mature and ripen, it will be necessary for us to stay engaged. It’s also necessary to reiterate that whatever victories the Republicans have had this year, we’re keeping our eye on them as well as the Democrats. We’re looking for better and smarter ways of doing that.
In 2011, we’ll continue to unite, educate, and act. We’ll be watching our elected officials and holding them accountable. Possibly our most important job this year will be to remind those elected officials that we’re out here, that we’re paying attention and that as the people who elected them, we are going to start exercising our own oversight responsibility.
We’ll look for ways to help others remember how great this country has been in the past, how good this country is now, and while we may have fallen on some hard times and there may be tough times ahead, we can be great again, by returning to those bedrock principles that made this country great.
We’ll continue to educate ourselves on those principles, and seek better ways of communicating them and the natural consequences following or ignoring them will bring.
And we’ll continue to find more effective ways to act in support of those principles.
2010 was an interesting time – in both the usual and Chinese meanings of the phrase, “interesting times”.
2011 promises to be a year full of problems, but remember that another word for “problem” is “opportunity”.
Let’s work to make 2011 a year we really do get some “change we can believe in.”