Year of the Tongue: Winding 2013 Back in the Mouth

2013 is finally winding down and, I hope, away from our convenient memories forever.  When I think of unlucky 2013 — as I write this article on a blackened Friday, December 13, 2013 — I can’t get images of Miley Cyrus off my mind as I try to reflect on the year that was.

It felt like Miley ruled us all year long with that obnoxious coated tongue — you couldn’t turn around without getting licked! — and I think we’d all prefer to see her wind the white back into her mouth.

Our politics didn’t fare much better than Ms. Cyrus.  The obstructionist Republicans in congress were happily biased against our first Black President — and so we all had to watch the GOP try to bring down the man because of his skin color and not his deeds.

In many ways, Barack Obama is what a true Republican used to be — and watching radical liberals forced into supporting his policies because they loathe the Racist attacks on his character — is something the history books will reek of when cracked opened in a century.

We also had a “Do Nothing Congress” that only wanted to punish the people while collecting a paycheck paid with taxes.

If the GOP really wanted to be above the fray, they would have served for free, turned down any and all healthcare and perks, and set a real example of a properly suffering public service Republican.

2013 also churned in a fetid stasis — with lots of gunshots leading to early graves – as folks also worried about their jobs and the economy and the future of the republic.

There weren’t many new ideas that led us to higher thought, and so we were left to our own minds to divine a deeper meaning in an ever-coarsening world.

The one bright moment was Obamacare.  Having safe and healthy people is a prime responsibility of any government, and Obama had the guts to stand by his electoral mandate and get the job done.

Obamacare will only grow stronger and better with time.  His legacy is secure.

The good news is that 2014 is coming straight at us.  We have a budget agreement for the next couple of years, and we all hope that will mean things will simmer down a bit in Washington, D.C.

Alas, we also have a midterm election heading our way — so the heat will be turned up again — and we’ll be bombarded on television with political advertising telling us how awful our lives are, and how we deserve more, but how there’s no more money left to pay for any of it.

Bring on 2014!


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