We have reached the last day of 2022, and not a moment too soon. For those of us who follow politics this has been a bad year regardless of the party you call “home.”
Republicans had a disappointing midterm election result, while Democrats lost control of the House and will spend the next two years doing something other than legislating. The Biden administration has not covered themselves with glory, and both Biden and former President Trump have largely been embarrassments.
Overseas some good things happened, through no “fault” of our diplomats. Russia continued to fail in their attempt to swallow Ukraine and China managed some world class “foot shooting” with the zero Covid policies. Both nations end the year in worse shape than they started it. On the other hand, our southern border continues to suffer from Biden’s malign neglect.
Militant political Islam has had no large victories this year, which is a plus. And Iran has been having anti-hijab riots. NATO has shown more sticking power and cohesiveness than its history had led one to expect.
Here and in other developed parts of the world there is some evidence that the “woke” movement is wearing out its welcome, but its attacks on conventional morality continue unabated.
To adapt a metaphor I like, we’ve seen a few robins, but Spring is still out of reach.