The sands of Iraq have barely settled since our departure and already we're watching the gains we've imagined they made fading into chaos. I believe what we're seeing was preordained by our trying to create a democracy where the concept is as foreign to them as we are. No brightness in their future.
North Korea has lost one dictator for the tandem of son and brother. No brightness there.
Iran continues it's march toward the realization of a nuclear weapon. Brightness there will be a huge blast probably in Israel.
Congress has finally cleared the halls for the holidays by kicking the proverbial ball down the road one more time. I foresee a year of governance in two to three month segments and no budget. That doesn't bode bright.
The whack a mole Republican campaign continues on. It has taken the cheer out of the holiday because the best and the brightest are no where to be seen. Let's see, six down, two to go. This assumes Gingrich has had his 15 minutes in the lights and Paul's flame will also flicker and die. That leaves Santorum and Huntsman. Santorum's flint never produced a spark and probably won't at this point. Not enough time before Iowa where he has spent a lot of capital. Huntsman? About all I know about him is he can play Jerry Lee Lewis style piano with the best of them as seen on David Letterman. And he's had the good graces to not kiss Donald Trump's ring.
Then there's Trump trumpeting he's no longer Republican but unaffiliated. If he and Paul actually do go third party we might as well move up Obama's inauguration. Why not? Everything else is being moved up.
I've actually had to force myself to stay away from posting these last several weeks. Just enough to keep my hand in. There has been so much to comment on but oh so dismal. My enthusiasm is dimmed every time I switch on the news and I don't want to feel that way about my country, either party, the candidates, the world and maybe most of all, the season.
On the other hand, musing about what's going on around me is what I'm all about on this blog. For the rest of 2011 I'll hope your days are merry and bright and to remember that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment, that was known as Camelot.
Wishing that it was here and now and something other than wishful thinking.