“Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”
— Roger Daltrey, singing, “We Won’t Get Fooled Again
By JOHN KANELIS / firstname.lastname@example.org
It seems like a lifetime ago. We said goodbye and good riddance to 2020. Remember that? I do!
Then we welcomed the new year with the hope that turning a calendar page meant we could turn the page on an era of tumult, turmoil, tempest … the works.
The pandemic had killed many thousands of Americans; we endured the nastiest presidential election campaign in memory; then we watched the outgoing president foment the Big Lie about the election outcome being the product of political thievery.
The pandemic muted many traditional celebrations. Times Square was not full of revelers on New Year’s Eve.
Then the new year arrived.
To be candid, 2021 seems to have just continued the misery we felt in 2020. The nation endured the insurrection at the Capitol Building; five people died. The House impeached the outgoing president for the second time; the Senate then “acquitted” him by failing to get enough votes to meet the high threshold required to convict him of inciting the riot.
That all happened within the first month of the new year.
Then came the Storm of 2021. We in Texas are suffering from this event.
I am merely venting. I mean, what else is there to do? I cannot make the weather change, other than wish it would as I desire. Perhaps a prayer or two will help.
That all said, I won’t dwell on the misery we are experiencing in this new year. I am going to look forward. For one thing, the weather is going to improve. Spring is on its way. The grass will turn green; flowers will bloom; the temperature will warm up; the ice will melt.
The pandemic infection rate is beginning to decline. I get that too many Americans are dying and my heart continues to break over it. More of us are getting vaccinated, protected against infection.
A new president will not lie incessantly. He is going to act the part of head of state and commander in chief. The POTUS will function the way the holder of that office is supposed to function. As we turn the corner from the pandemic, my sincere hope — and belief — is that our economy will rebound.
The new year looks a whole lot like the old year … so far. It is testing my patience, but my reservoir of hope is deep.