YOU, who are reading this, are My IN Persons of the Year! Thank you for putting up with my Rants!
Sorry to start you off with some sad news: Davos has been cancelled this year due to the Virus! Oh, no! Where, oh where will all those Davos Denizens schmooze and conspire on how to amass more wealth and hide it – as revealed by the Panama Papers – in places such as Paradise Island, South Dakota and who knows where else? THEY are so OUT! YOU, the people of Chile who elected for President Gabriel Boric, a 35 year old student activist, are so, so IN! It is time for ALL fossilized politicians repeating the same old tired mantras while holding onto their corrupt fiefdoms to get out of the way and make space for new, young blood to steer this sad world, and, as long as they are not corrupt and taking care of their citizens, I don’t care whether you label them Communists, Socialists, Progressives, Democrats, or Whatever!
THEY, who picked Elon Musk as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, lost a little bit more of their already low credibility! THEY, as well as those who pick Miss Universe, Nobel Peace Prizes (which, save for Tutu and a few others were inane choices) and all other such politicized titles are OUT!
YOU: Chris Wallace (now joining CNN) and a perfect gentleman for sure, and before you Shepard Smith (now on CNBC) who is a most charming and original fellow, get the Medal of Integrity! You are so IN! FOX News, Rupert Murdoch and his minions, Koch Brothers and some of the pathetic hosts on FOX are way, way OUT! THEY are the Epitome of Opportunism, Greed and Hypocrisy! They are proving that Presidents Putin and Xi don’t need to lift a finger in order to hurt the US, because they are doing it for them!
YOU, BBC News, Democracy Now and NPR with your various programs and excellent anchors, journalists and hosts are way, way IN! All of you know the domestic and international issues, you have the guts, you can be upbeat and jovial when called for and serious when necessary! You have plenty of class, maturity and balance! THEY, most of the Television Hosts and Hostesses of America’s programs on the various channels are really OUT for being mostly gossipy yentas and sensationalist drama Kings and Queens! Grow up, please!
YOU, Bernie Sanders, my hero forever, and the Wonderful Members of the Squad are so, so IN! YOU are the best! THEY, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are so transparently beholden to the corporations padding their wallets while making hollow, opportunistic justifications for not signing onto the BBB (Build Back Better) legislation are OUT! Pinocchio would be ashamed of you!
THEY, who say that some in the Democratic Party have “Gone Too Far Left” are OUT! You know why? Because the ONLY reason they are saying this is not to incur the wrath of Runaway Capitalism! YOU, whom they label “On The Far Left” are only asking for what is Standard in Other Capitalist Democracies that uphold People’s dignity and sense of security. YOU are so, so IN! Stick to your guns, and don’t let Labels like “Socialism” and “Radical Left” worry you! They are nothing but a Pathetic Intimidating Slur!
Listen, I am not an Economist – or any “ist” for that matter – however, I would really, really like someone to convince me that “Inflation” is NOT Corporate Greed. After all, America’s Corporations have been raking in Billions and Gazillions over the past several decades; they have paid their CEOs and Top Managers tremendous salaries while not raising employee minimum wages; they have voodoo accountants who know how to finagle the numbers so that many of them pay less taxes than their minimum wage employees. Therefore, does Anyone want to tell me that they cannot Temporarily eat several months of losses by keeping their prices down and not causing financial stress on the People? Stock Market would collapse? Financial Markets would go berserk? Product Shortages, Supply Chains, Virus Issues are only excuses! Come on now! Come on! THEY are OUT! Unions and People are IN, especially when their minimum wage is raised, and inflation hits them in the face!!!
Let me add this: Joe Biden was Not my choice, though I ended up voting for him since the alternative was dangerous! I always said that he supported every one of our pathetic wars and losing adventures all over this world; that he was a corporatist; that he was one of those hybrid Democrats who is a Conservative at heart. However, people Do Evolve, and I would like those talk show hosts, pundits, pollsters (who believes their skewed results anyway?) and experts to shut the ef up and stop finding fault with him at every turn! Just zip it! This President has arrived to an absolutely ripped and torn apart nation ailing from a virulent virus gone amok and people who do not want to take the vaccine. What is he supposed to do with them? Jail them? Really? To boot, the economy was going down the tubes; a level of misbehavior, rudeness, vulgarity and criminality among some in the population such as has never been seen in this country; a world in total disarray and shifting alliances where the US is no more viewed with either trust or reliability; an unending war in Afghanistan (and all those other places some of which we know, many we do not); conspiracy theories and lies becoming facts as the naive sheep were being willingly led over the cliff; a criminal discrepancy between the Haves and the Have Nots; a nation that is having hysteria and a humongous nervous breakdown. There’s probably more than all that too! So, while I am Not defending Biden, or this Administration, because I am sure that by the time their four year term comes about I will have plenty to say, however, One Year into this Presidency ALL of you out there in front of our faces day and night mouthing off shut the ef up! At this specific time when the country and the world are falling apart, Biden and his Cabinet are doing as decent a job as possible against all those odds! So zip it, and maybe you could find ways of mouthing off that would bring this nation together, heal it, repair it, put it together again rather than continuing to cater to the lowest common denominator! YOU are so exasperating and OUT!
Lastly, to all First Responders – because you are all IN – whether you are in hospitals, pharmacies, fire stations, police stations, driving vans and delivery trucks, construction workers, teachers, making and serving food, working in our grocery stores, picking up our rubbish, reaping and packaging our produce, scientists working to find vaccines and cures in our labs, those tolling the bells for averting climate catastrophes, brave and moral journalists and writers, whistleblowers and all those other seen and unseen humans, visible or not, that keep this Democracy working may you have a Safe, Healthy and Gratifying New Year, and Thank You for all you do . . .
. . . and for the rest of Humanity: May 2022 bring all of us Peace, Justice, Equality, Safety, Compassion, Kindness and Sanity!