On the cusp of 2012's end, I should like to make a brief series of comments on various issues that came to the forefront during this year of our Lord.
1) Mayan Madness
Perhaps it remains a spectacle of an overly paranoid counter culture, but many in the US had been hearing whispers of an apparent 'end of the world' to take place at the end of the Mayan calender. Needless to say, I type these words very much alive and well with no end of all things having taken place.
In fact, the degree to which this very strange conspiracy theory was taken seriously is truly alarming to all those who value the sanctity of society. From the passing laugh about the end of the world being nigh to the LSD infused wild eyed paranoid schizophrenic ranting about some Mayan prophecy - the 'End of the World' thing took hold in 2012 in a way not seen since Christians began spouting off about similar things some years ago. I can only hope that those who took this whole business seriously can laugh amiably as their apocalypse degenerates into laughable Y2K joke territory. Good riddance to squandered fear.
2) POTUS Election 2012
The election, which contrary to those who feel Politalk has been ignoring politics was covered extensively by myself and R.T., was monumentous to a fair degree. I think one talking head was irritatingly correct when they mentioned that Republicans were "shellshocked" by the outcome.
One thing that deserves mention is that though the election resulted as such due to manifold factors one little secret the D.E.M. doesn't want you to know which may have turned the tides in favor of the Regime is thus; The democract establishment machine pooled money collected from taxpayers via Organized Labor and put it to use "getting out the vote". Billions of dollars were facilitated for use in anything from robo-calls in swing states to literally bussing dispassionate democrat voters into to early voting stations. All of this was orchestrated by none other than Domestic Democracy United's mortal enemy - Labor Unions.
It ain't cheating, but it certainly reeks of "Chicago-Style" politics.
No surprise there...
3) Mass Shootings
I'll only discuss this breifly as I'm certain this is still a sore spot for many in our nation.
However, there are now basically three solutions to the problem presented by the rash of mass shootings that have occurred this year that have been advanced:
a. Increased Security (i.e. more guns)
b. Weapons Bans
c. New legislation prohibiting those with mental illness from procuring guns
Increased security is the most republican proposal of all of them. The NRA recently advanced a 'hard' version of this by advising that we have armed gaurds in all schools. A bit much, however not entirely a terrible idea without merit.
A weapons ban is the most mainline solution, which most likely will be unsuccessful either in passing through congress or, potentially, preventing the crime itself. However, again, not without serious basis and warrant.
What seems to be emerging as a new alternative is preventing those with mental illness from owning guns through some type of nuanced legislation. This is, without a doubt, the way forward to solving this problem - and I hope this is advanced next year seriously.
It is not, again, an idea without good reason behind it... though the pragmatic realities of prohibiting every person diagnosed with, say, depression from owning a gun presents some very serious problematics - not to mention the whole problem of increasing mental healthcare and the more serious issues involved in such proposals.
Well - that's all.
Stick with politalk in 2013. More to come, more to say, thanks for reading!
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