Just my Thoughts · Politics

Best of the Decade?

Just a heads up for those of you following my blog, I have joined NaBloPoMo and will be writing an entry a day for the month of January.  This may be a stretch for me as I have had some turmoil in my life the last two days and all I want to do each day is crawl back into bed.  I know that is not the solution so I will throw myself into work and writing and running.

With the first decade of the new millennium having come to a close last night, all the cable sports and news channels are not only doing a best of the year but of the decade.  I am looking back over this past decade as having been rather turbulent.  Very few of the major news stories were positive ones from the USS Cole bombing in Yemen in 2000 to the World Trade Centers, the Pentagon and the field in Pennsylvania in 2001 to the Tsunami in 2004 to Katrina in 2005.  The first half of the decade was tossing and turning up a storm.  The decade brought war, financial ruin, housing booms and busts.

The decade also brought firsts.  The first black president was elected.  The first Latina was confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States.  I have, in the more recent years of the decade, written about the economy, politics, books and much more but today, I am going to write about something more personal.

As the decade came to a close, the financial future is starting to look up.  Economists predict that maybe the worst is behind the world.  There is a new strategy for places like Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.  The changes that will come in the new decade will be amazing and hopefully good.

Do I think there was one year that stood out as the best in the decade?  No.  I emphatically say that the decade was a mixed bag with good and not so good in each year.  No one year was the best but if you are looking for a good year, look to the upcoming one.

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