“I was dreaming when I wrote this, forgive me if it goes astray.”
It began with the attempted overthrow of the American government system. That could be the opening sentence of a political thriller or classic dystopian novel, but it is not. It is how 2021 began.
I know I usually write these things on Saturday mornings, but I have the eerie feeling this will be a two-parter, so I started a day early. Plus, this is the last day of the old year and tomorrow is the first of the new year so naturally we can look back in this one and forward in the next. Snazzy, right? Well, let’s see how it plays out, since it’s more of a notion than a plan.
Joe Biden got more popular and electoral votes than Donald Trump in November of 2020 and became the elected president of the United States of America. That’s a fact. Anyone who doesn’t believe that by now is probably a fool fooled by a fool. The truth hurts. On January 20th, 2021, Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States and we – you and I – shed the specter of Donnie Trump from the office forever, or so we hope. But, in between the election and the inauguration Trump and his most ardent followers attempted to reverse the decision of the people and crown Donnie boy a king.
This really happened.
It happened from the moment the election was decided, and America’s biggest liar (ever?) tried to convince anyone who would listen that the legitimate election of Joe Biden was a fraud. And, as fate would have it, some people listened. From the moment Donnie came down that escalator he cultivated a lunatic following that would do anything for him because he said the things they really wanted to hear and no other fool in politics would say them. And he said them loud and without shame. You know the verses, say ‘em with me: “Finally, someone who will let us bash in those liberal and immigrant heads with the butts of our guns. God (and only my God) Bless America. Make it great again, like it was before civil rights and hippies.”
Or something like that. I don’t actually go to those meetings.
But I do hear similar rhetoric in my right-leaning community. I remember having to talk down old white guys in the 2010s who wanted to use the n-word to describe our former president. Yeah, it got that bad.
But some of these folks, ones that listened to the lies of 45 and really took them to heart – not all of them, because they are not all fools – stormed the Capitol on January 6th, 2021, and tried to, among other things, “Hang Mike Pence!” And kill Nancy Pelosi, according to some. It was a transgression, if not an insurrection, of the highest order.
And that’s how the year began.
But democracy prevailed. The republic yet stands. But the attempted overthrow of the American government by a charlatan clown and his band of bozos wasn’t the only thing that happened in 2021. In fact, so much happened that my in-depth research of 2021 is only in April with many more pages to go, and I’m running out of time today. So, I’ll just hit some highlights:
Tom Brady won his 7th Super Bowl. Covid surged and surged again. We got vaccines. Action Comics #1, featuring the first appearance of Superman, sold for $3.25 million dollars. Ted Cruz went to Cancun. William Shatner went to space. Derek Chauvin went to jail. Supply chains were wracked. Inflation soared. The endless war ended. Infrastructure week finally came. Surfside. Heartbeat. Dr Seuss. Cuomo. Myanmar.
And 2021 was no exception. Not the worst year on record, not the best, personally or otherwise. Routine, in many ways. I guess if I handed out grades to a year I’d give this one a C+, maybe a B-.
Above average. Could be better.
Tomorrow, god-willing, I’ll give you an outlook for 2022. Maybe I’ll give you some predictions. Some intentions. Hopes. Fears. Indeterminate possible outcomes.
Or maybe I’ll just talk about dogs. I dunno.
But from the bottom of my heart, from all of us in the Tom Being Tom household, I wish you all a safe and happy new year’s night. Pop the bottle, raise a glass.
For auld lang syne, my dear.
Do it for auld lang syne.