Wednesday, December 28, 2005


It is that time of year again. The Christmas goose has been picked clean, the wrapping paper and boxes have found their way to the dust bin. We are gathering all our strength to greet a New Year with all the celebratory soul we can muster. In my case it would be hopefully staying awake until midnight, December 31st, to watch the ball drop in Times Square...oh how the once mighty have fallen! Was it that long ago that I would have placed, someone like me, in the old fuddy duddy category? The years fly by, faster and faster, it seems.

So once again we are facing a year end. Off with the old and on with the new! Turning our backs on the grim reaper. we smile in anticipation at the baby in the diaper and top hat. We breath a collective sigh of relief and say thank heaven we made it through this year and I resolve to (insert your plan here) next year! Resolutions are those things we always make, strive to keep and always manage to break, for one reason or another. As the old saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

It would be nice to think that our administration is making some resolutions too. They could at least give them a go, just like the rest of us, couldn't they? Best of all it could be a group effort. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove, etal could resolve to:

Resolve to live up to his claim of being a compassionate conservative.

Resolve to admit he is inadequate to run this great country.

Resolve to admit that war in Iraq was persued on illegal grounds with false justifications for same.

Resolve to attend the nearest Sylvan Learning Center for help with reading.

Resolve to stop the lying

Resolve to stop using terrorism, and the threat thereof, to scare the bejeezus out of the citizens of this country.

Resolve to stop finding the most inadequate people to fill government posts.

Resolve to care about the have nots, just not the haves (and want mores)

Resolve to mend fences with our long term allies.

Resolve to care about the planet and her diminishing resources

Resolve to throw Karl Rove out on his ear

Resolve to take back the presidency from Dick Cheney

Resolve to adequately protect our ports and chemical plants

Resolve to stop purporting to be a Christian and start behaving like one.

Resolve to have a more open administration.

Resolve to not allow torture for any reason

Resolve not to use illegal wiretapping

Resolve to allow Guantanamo detainees a right to counsel

Unfortunately no amount of resolve will take away the last 5 years of Bush administration lies, inadequacies and deceptions. However, there may be one resolution which will lead us into the light of a brighter new year, and that would be for Congress to resolve to:

Impeach George Walker Bush and Richard Cheney.

My own resolution will be to do everything in my personal power to see that that happens.

May you all have a wonderful, happy and prosperous New Year!

Susan B. Goodwin