Editor’s Note: You guys all thought it was a joke when you first heard that the Mayan Long Calendar indicated the end of the world was scheduled for the second-to-last week in December. Well, it’s nearly here now, so start crossing stuff off your bucket list, and don’t bother doing any Christmas shopping this year.
Look Forward to the End — December 21, 2012
The biggest downside to this epiphany is never knowing whether the L.A. Lakers’ signing of all-star center Dwight Howard would be enough to propel them to another NBA championship. However, I’ve also realized there are other repercussions to the end of the world almost as important.
For one thing, we’ll never know what would have happened when America went over “the fiscal cliff” on January 1st. As of this writing, the election is still up for grabs, but neither party has shown a willingness to compromise, behave like adults or ask for any sacrifices from a self-absorbed electorate, so the 2012 lame-duck session of Congress is unlikely to do anything to avert this financial Armageddon.
Would our politicians’ fanatical partisanship have allowed mandatory sequestration and automatic tax hikes to throw us into a double-dip recession or even a depression? Or would the financial catastrophe many political pundits are predicting have fizzled, like a rerun of Y2K? Now we’ll never know.
And, with the election over, would Fox News’ 2013 New Year’s resolution have been to finally concede that it’s even more partisan and biased than MSNBC, and admit to being the GOP’s media wing? After working overtime on the Romney campaign, it would have been as silly for Fox to cling to that “fair and balanced” nonsense as it would for Bill O’Reilly to continue calling himself an “independent.” But now it’s all immaterial.
On a more global scale, I would have enjoyed finding out how the Iranian nuclear crisis played out. No president of either party has been able to deter Iran’s nuclear ambitions, and both candidates seemed clueless as to what to do next, beyond talking tough and waiting for the Israelis to do something about it. With no viable solution, we’re lucky it no longer matters.
And finally, it’s a shame we’ll never know what a Romney presidency would have looked like. It’s now obvious that basing a campaign on a complete lack of convictions and claiming to be whatever your audience wants you to be at that moment is a viable strategy. It would have been interesting to see whether Mitt turned out to be the “severe conservative” he pretended to be during the GOP primaries or the “Massachusetts moderate” he pretended to be from the first debate onward.
After suffering through one of the most depressing presidential campaigns in recent memory, as well as the Northeast’s worst hurricane of this millennium, an asteroid or the planet Nibiru screaming toward us doesn’t sound as horrific as it once did. Still, it would have been nice to see whether the Giants could have won the Super Bowl again.
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