I don't hear much anymore about New Year's Resolutions. Anyway, they didn't seem to do much for anyone. However, I think a lot of folks have New Year's wishes. At least, I do. And for the past four years my primary wish has concerned one person — Donald J. Trump.
On New Year's Eve 2019, my wish was for Trump to lose in the 2020 Presidential election. And he did — by more than seven million votes. (One of my other wishes every year is for the United States to get rid of the antiquated Electoral College, which, in 2016, erased the votes of 2,864,975 Americans.)
Anyway, Trump was thumped, though he continues to deny it, and on the eve of 2021 my primary wish was for Trump to retire to Mar-a-Largo and sulk in silence, and, to all intents and purposes, fade away and disappear from the media. That certainly didn't come true.
On the eve of 2022, my wish was for something that should have been done the year before — imprison Trump for instigating an attempt to overthrow the United States government.
Were this the early 1800s, Trump might be hanged as a traitor, which he certainly is, and his minions, which include several Republican members of Congress, would be behind bars.
But all we got in 2022 was an interesting investigation into the January 6, 2021 riot at the United States Capitol, while allegations against Trump piled up for several other crimes. Yet the man remained free, continued to lie and whine, and make a mockery of our judicial system.
So obviously my wish for 2023 was that he finally get what's coming to him. Do I expect my wish to come true? No, because too many people either believe the man's lies or are afraid to confront him on them. Republicans in Congress are alarmingly gutless.
A lot of people gave President Joe Biden credit when the Democrats performed much better than expected in the 2022 mid-term election, but I was disappointed the party lost control of the House of Representatives, particularly since voters in Colorado, Georgia and Florida re-elected three Republican idiots — Lauren Boebert, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz, who, like Trump, don't stand for anything.
Overall, the country may have averted disaster, but the danger of Trumpism, with its basis in ignorance, lies and despotism, remains. What's most incredible is how many people believe Trump loves America, when he so clearly does not love anything or anyone but himself.
Yeah, I know ... what else is new?