And so there I was, just before midnight on December 31, 2017, Pacific Time, reflecting that since he was sworn into office, Donald Trump has proven himself to be exactly what he appeared to be during his Presidential campaign: a foul, erratic, amoral, nasty-tempered, childishly narcissistic, dangerous, and lazy old man, more interested in pursuing his golf game,
...than the welfare of our people.
And though under Donald Trump our bad angels - ignorance, economic inequality, white supremacy, intolerance against minorities, immigrants and the LGBTQ community are in their ascendancy - resistance to these national evils is alive, political satirists thrive, giving us laughter and hope,
The headlines on December 31 read that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump, locked in a middle-school mine-is-bigger-than-yours feud,
Does anybody know over what?
Still, here we are, and where there's life there's hope.
So last night, during final hours of 2016, I once again made the same resolution as last year to take the coming year one day at a time, and on the last night of December one year from now to look back over the events of 2018 and recall where the world was at the beginning of the year and see where it is at the end, and in the meantime to do what I can, in my own little way, to make it a better place.
Happy New Year. May we all be fine.