2017: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

Once more I must apologize for the relative lack of posts recently.  I’ve had my reasons and most of them are pretty good excuses, foremost among them this damnable cold weather and efforts to spend some more time with my family lately.  But excuses are excuses.  Thank you all for bearing with me.

I did say that I would likely get to a 2017 recap after the ball fell on 2018, again for multiple reasons.  I’m not going to do a year of posts in review since I just did my blogoversary back in October, and as far as the year itself, wow has it ever been a fun ride.  I predicted way back before the GOP primaries were even over that if Donald Trump won and became president, we’d be in for the most fun four years ever, and on a national and international scale that’s been entirely correct.  Let’s set aside for the moment the absolute joy of watching the left melt down on a weekly if not daily basis, or observing the descent of the evil Dr. Pantsuit into boring irrelevance like watching the head of Unicron orbit slowly and harmlessly.  I could recap the actual and tremendous accomplishments of President Trump in their entirety but I think I’d be here all day, so I’m just going to hit what I consider to be the highlights.  Trans-Pacific Partnership, gone.  Paris Accords, gone.  Neil Gorsuch, in.  Unemployment, down.  Dow Jones, up (WAY up).  GDP growth, well over 3% (stick that “new normal” in your pipe and smoke it).  Fake news, still faking.  Mueller probe, still got nothin’ (except an ultra vires attack from one of its peripheral victims).  ISIS, falling apart.  North Korea, still crazy but cowering.  Syria, dead silent since President Trump kicked Bashar Assad’s teeth in.  The UN, all but irrelevant as Nikki Haley runs rings around them on President Trump’s behalf.  Tax cuts happening, economic boom loaded and ready to launch with bonuses and capital reinvestments on the way and our foreign competitors crapping themselves over American competitiveness returning in a big way.  The wall’s coming, people, but even if it never does illegal crossings are way the hell down.  And of course, the Unaffordable Don’t-Care Act has suffered what ought to be a fatal blow.  Kill the mandates, you kill the bill.

After all of this President Trump shows no sign of stopping or even slowing down.  I don’t know how or why it happened but following up the devastating loss of the Alabama senate seat we got tax reform and we got it good, leaving the Democrats crying about the end of the world as people got their wages jacked up and found $1000 bonuses in their Christmas stockings.  So far it seems like the Weinstein wildfire may have taken out Roy Moore but it’s still not even close to touching President Trump.  Which of course means that we’d all better fasten our seatbelts, because if you thought 2017 was a mess, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.  We’re at T minus eleven months to the midterms and one way or another the Democrats are going to claim a “wave” in their favor, shored up by fake news and inflated D turnout in the last couple of special elections.  If anything was truly disappointing about 2017 it was how recalcitrant and slow the Republican party was to get on board with their own damn agenda just because it was dressed up in a Trump suit and a MAGA hat.  How we do in 2018 will hinge bigly on how well our elected leaders get behind the president and stop trying to look “moderate” so the fake news will maybe not hate them so much.  Given their performances in 2017, I’d be in a lot less optimistic mood if President Trump hadn’t shown himself to be such a runaway success.

I’m not going to get too deeply into what about 2017 was “the worst of times,” because that was all stuff of a personal nature.  I will say that anyone who has tried to run his own business is probably familiar with some of the struggles I have had, and of course as Hamlet observed, sorrows come not single spies but in battalions.  When you’re walking a tightrope trying to keep a half dozen plates in the air, it doesn’t take a lot to throw you off, which is probably part of why the personal tragedy my family suffered this past summer has stuck with me so long and cut me so deeply.  It just happened so fast and was so awful, and happened to such a sweet, loving little creature… I’m leaving a big part of my heart behind in 2017 with my beloved George, and I really don’t know when I’m going to get it back.

So I celebrate a great year with all of you as we look ahead to the next battle to come, but kindly pardon me while I take a few moments to get myself back together again.  We go on.  Happy 2018.

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