2015 — another new year. Over the course of 2014, we had more and expanded wars, murders of hostages by fanatical religious fundamentalists, police killings of unarmed civilians, unprovoked killings of police officers, and continuing indications of the destructive effects of global warming.
We’ve had somewhat less unemployment, but millions of people working full time get paid so little they can’t get by without food stamps and other social benefits. Homelessness has continued to plague us and get worse.
Health care reform moves forward, but many details are confusing to consumers. President Barack Obama, the coward, signed a horrible budget bill that will hurt millions. On top of it all, we now have a Congress, both houses, controlled by crazed, right-wing fanatics.
Have there been good things, as well? Yes, of course. There are always stories of people doing heroic and wonderful things for other people and for animals and for the society in general. But truthfully, the condition of the world is not very promising overall.
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There is always hope, but we as a people, a nation and a world are going to have to do some soul-searching and come up with workable solutions to keep us from wobbling off the brink into multiple catastrophes.