In a post titled '2016 Can Kiss My Ass,' radio host and Resurgent founder Erick Erickson wrote the following on Wednesday:
From near death experiences to cancer to death of family members and friends to death of the celebrities of my youth to the infernal election between Mephistopheles and Beelzebub for President, 2016 can kiss my ass. I’m ready for it to be over.
As someone who followed the work of Erick Erickson, I am familiar with Erickson's accounts of abuse he and his family endured as a vocal Trump critic and a leader of the #NeverTrump movement. Like Erickson, I am also looking forward to the year's end.
From Nancy Reagan to Fidel Castro, from Justice Antonin Scalia to Janet Reno and from Merle Haggard to Prince, the list of notables that passed away in 2016 has been especially well, notable.
I'm in the camp that believes 2016 was largely horrible year, with most of it having been wrapped up in the presidential primaries. The GOP primary, a seemingly endless time, concluded ultimately in my home state of Indiana with the eventual nomination of Donald Trump.
As 2016 comes to an end, I want to look forward to what awaits us in 2017. I once heard a former government worker say that the number one obligation of the government bureaucrats is to the bureaucracy. Much of this obligation involves ensuring that Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan retain their leadership positions. I am, therefore, fully aware that some of what I list below are not "sure things."
What I'm looking forward to and hoping for in 2017:
- First and perhaps most obviously, I am looking forward to President Obama becoming former President Obama on January 20
- Hallelujah, there will be no more President Clintons. Along those lines, I'll include the following:
- Harry Reid will, for the first time since 1983, no longer be part of the government payroll!
- For the first time since Joe Biden became a Senator in 1973 and the Vice President in 2009, he is no longer part of the government.
- For the first time since John Kerry became a Senator in 1985 and the Secretary of State in 2013 he is no longer part of the government
- Following the 8 years of the Barack Obama presidency, the Republicans hold an unprecedented number of elected offices at both the federal and state level. Let's hope they understand how they got in that position.
- With Jeff Sessions tapped as the Attorney General - should he be confirmed - he has the ability to take an active role in ending the Obama Justice Department's activist role and return it to an impartial body that is dedicated to law enforcement.
- With Rick Perry as head of the Department of Energy, a department that he once said should be abolished, that he will act in that capacity.
- That the EPA, headed by Scott Pruitt, will begin to roll back the business crushing regulations of the recent years.
- The nomination of a Supreme Court Justice who will promise to to honor and preserve the United States Constitution.
- The possibility of true reform within the Veterans Administration with Donald Trump's transition team looking into options for making the treatment of veterans in the VA system into a "public-private option."
- The re-establishment of our good relationship with Israel, our only truly dependable friend in the Middle-East.
- And finally, the restoration of the First Amendment, specifically the freedom of speech and religion, as well as an end of the federal government's attacks on the Second Amendment.
What are you optimistic about for 2017?