EDITOR’S NOTE: We end each year by each taking a look back and picking our five best posts, explaining both their importance to us and to the world we currently live in. Clicking the banner images will link you to each post, so as 2016 comes to a close join us in remembering how far we’ve come, but also how far we still have to go.
I know it’s been said all over, but man…
**** this year.
I’m going to just go ahead and embrace the roiling darkness and present, for your consideration, my own chronicle of our downward spiral. Not counting the French war on religious freedom, American attacks on the 2nd Amendment, Don Lemon’s career, and a host of other blemishes we don’t have room for.
Did I mention **** this year?
Anyways, here’re the major casualties from this year’s culture wars:
While I don’t think this was my finest writing by any means, I do think it’s one of the more important posts I wrote this year. And not just because I want my good name vindicated by future historians or alien archaeologists sifting through the ashy remains of the Western hemisphere.
In the face of a lot of folks trying to come to terms with the election of Donald Trump, I make the argument that they just don’t have to.
In spite of my own frustration and anger at the results of the election, I nevertheless want to state for the record that voting-for-a-lesser-evil is not now, nor ever will be, the answer. In spite of what Mrs. Obama, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders believe, democracy cannot be saved by us choosing not to practice it.
With all that’s gone on in the past months, it’s easy to forget that there were Olympic games this year, and that they were an absolute train wreck. But mucky pools and mean streets weren’t the only blemishes on the age-old tradition; there was some good ol’ fashioned bigotry thrown on top.
In what I sincerely hope isn’t the final piece of evidence against me at the upcoming House Subcommittee on Un-American Activities, I offer a satirical look not so much at the flaxen-haired Fuehrer, but at the struggles faced by refugees. That said, we’ll shortly discover how much overlap ISIS and the Fourth Reich will actually have.
One in which we’d be equally wrong.