Wishing my readers a Happy New Year. I wish you health and prosperity. But most of all, I hope that you have love in your lives, for love above all things brings true happiness.
As for the world at large and our Republic…I don’t have high hopes for 2017. The Orange Beast and his steely, compassionless band of self-interested multi-millionaires are about to be unleashed on America and I fear many will be hurt. Those who will suffer most under this “peoples'” regime will be the usual suspects: the poor, the old, the disabled, sexual and racial minorities, and other marginalized citizens. I think those making six figure incomes and above will do just fine initially, but sooner or later something near and dear to them will be privatized and monetized.
Unfortunately, I don’t feel that progressives and Democrats will do much to alleviate our suffering. The Democrats are still controlled by the same neoliberals who got us into this mess in the first place. There are no compelling new leaders or ideas from the left, only bitter infighting over who lost the election. Only new leadership and a new party will energize those who wish positive change.