"Peace on earth, good will toward all men."
Every year we're reminded of that adage, perhaps even a request from God, just before the New Year.
If only it would work.
New Years is an entirely artificial dividing point. But it serves its purpose. It gives us a framework to look back upon, and a blank canvas to paint a new future.
Looking back wasn't all that pleasant. At least eight major episodes of gun violence that stood out this year among the background noise of "just normal" gun violence that's a daily occurrence in this country. The extremes of ban them or give them to everybody don't seem to be real useful approaches. Somewhere, there's a compromise position that makes common sense and might just slow down the carnage. That assumes politicians can understand the words compromise and common sense, which we've begun to doubt.
After a year in which Congress impressed this nation with its stupidity, the birds of inaction and ideological purity will soon come to roost -- and watch the rest of us go over the fiscal cliff like Thelma and Luise. When ideology ruins the economy, we think it's time for a new ideology.
A lot of good things happened, but those two issues seem to be on everyone's minds today.
So, what will the new year bring? A drawdown of forces in Afghanistan as we wind down our nation's longest war will be greatly appreciated by those who have to fight it -- and those of us who have to pay for it. And it looks like Congress is promising us one economic crisis after another, just so we won't get complacent. How fun. Happy New Year.
-- Kelly Everitt