No, I won’t make a New Year’s Resolution this year. Over the last few years, I’ve vowed to cure my addiction to reruns of “Law and Order,” the original and all of its offsprings, but alas, I seem to violate it on the very next “Law and Order” marathon day. I’ve concluded I can’t be cured!
So let’s make resolutions for everyone else:
For President Barack Obama: To free himself from being captive of Wall Street by firing Rahm Emanuel, Ted Geithner, and the other capitalist cronies who seem to be governing his decision-making on matters such as the economy, health care reform and labor union rights.
For Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.): To reinstall into the debate a single-payer health insurance plan as the only real reform for our sick health care system.
For Roger Ailes, the Fox Network boss, and Rupert Murdock, the media mogul: To gain an epiphany that their mind-numbing, totally biased, capitalistic news coverage is causing irreparable harm to the nation, by feeding divisive fodder to spur mindless, fact-empty behaviors, such as “tea parties” and “town hall meetings.” And, therefore, to realize that they can use their considerable media power base to develop true, fact-filled news. What a step to help return the nation to begin to embrace some common goals of fair play, decency and compassion!
For Brett Favre: To put the Minnesota Vikings management and fans through the same off-again, on-again retirement game that he did to Packers fans and the State of Wisconsin.
For Tiger Woods: To resolve never to leave his golf clubs within the grabbing distance of an angered wife! But, better yet, to never give a wife an excuse to use the clubs.
For Governor Jim Doyle (Wisconsin): To use his last year in office to continue and strengthen support for strong prevention programs in the areas of juvenile justice, family violence, child abuse and neglect and basic health.
For Mayor Tom Barrett (Milwaukee): To show the same guts and courage he demonstrated in coming to the rescue of a West Allis woman facing an angered violent young man last summer, so that he can to fend-off well-financed and certain-to-be nasty campaigning by his Republican opponent, the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce bunch, talk-show nuts and assorted rightwing goofs. If you do, Tom, you’ll disprove Leo Durocher’s famous quote that “Nice Guys finish last.” *See note below.
For friends, families and everyone: To overcome a tendency to become disgusted with the matters of the world and therefore to become “turned off” and become a recluse to resolving our problems. Let us continue to be committed to an appreciation that common decency and intelligence can help to steer us all to making for a better community in 2010 and the years to come.
Now, my friends, maybe you have some resolutions you’d like to propose for others, or maybe you’d like to argue with mine. Let’s hear from you by commenting here.
Enough of making resolutions for everyone else. I see “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” is due on TNT in five minutes. Gotta go!
Happy New Year!
* Baseball manager Leo Durocher’s actual quote was: “”The nice guys are all over there. In seventh place.” Click here for more information.