Happy New Year, 2023!
Michigan Local Hero
|Gretchen Whitmer, Governor of Michigan.|
Two retiring heroes, may we long remember them:
|Nancy Pelosi and Anthony Fauci|
"Dr. Fauci turned into the country’s family doctor, capable of convincing any given president of the correct course of action and then selling the nation on the president’s decision: on AIDS, on bioterrorism, on Ebola and, finally, on covid-19."
From the NY Times:
"In her two decades leading House Democrats, Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California has been one of the most powerful and iconic women in Washington. When she was sworn in as speaker in 2007, surrounded by the children of members of Congress, she became the first woman to serve in that post. And over the years, Ms. Pelosi was often photographed as the lone woman in rooms full of men, even after the ranks of Congress became more diverse."
Hero of the year: Volodymyr Zelensky: May he be victorious in 2023
Monsters and Villains
A quote from Robert Reich:
“Trump, Bankman-Fried and Musk are the monsters of American capitalism – as much products of this public-be-damned era as they are contributors to it. For them, and for everyone who still regards them as heroes, there is no morality in business or economics. The winnings go to the most ruthless. Principles are for sissies.
“But absent any moral code, greed is a public danger. Its poison cannot be contained by laws or accepted norms.” (source)
If only we would be allowed to forget our most terrible and persistent villain whose latest stunts include increased support of antisemites and continuing racism.
|"Will Trump finally be held accountable?" By Ann Telnaes, Washington Post, December 19, 2022.|
And one accidental martyr who behaved bravely:
This year’s policy wins included the CHIPS Act, the Inflation Reduction Act, the first major gun safety legislation in decades, an overhaul of the Electoral Count Act and a law to protect same-sex and interracial marriage. As promised, he put the first Black woman on the Supreme Court. And, as the midterms heated up, he kept his head down as the Republicans’ red wave shrank to more of a pink dribble. You have to give the boring, moderate, pragmatic old guy his due. (source)