New Year’s Day 2021 Ruminations

So, I’ve read all the New Year’s predictions, resolutions, discussions, whatevers.  Basically, nobody knows much of anything.  We’re in uncharted territory and everybody is guessing based on insufficient data.  Well, nothing new there.  Just more so.

The rain we got last week erased the snow so Camera Girl and I were virtuous today and went for a long walk in the woods this morning just to start the year off right and that gave us a chance to talk.  And I think we both feel that the COVID inoculation will at least reduce the lockdown nonsense at least somewhat.  Maybe we’re kidding ourselves but that is what we are talking ourselves into at this point.  And I’m guessing that most people are also at the point where they are going to be unwilling to let this lockdown nonsense go on much longer.  Maybe I’m giving Americans more credit for having backbone than they deserve.  But we’ll see.

Going into the New Year I think everyone wants to know how and where the rebellion begins.  Or even if.  Because let’s face it, it’s possible nothing happens.

What shape will action take?  I assume it will be a leader deciding to step forward and begin organizing a movement that changes things.  That begins to oppose the actions and ideas from the Left in a demonstrable way.  Not just talk, results.  To my mind that will look like a governor and legislature of a red state announcing a law that rolls back some unconstitutional action of the federal courts or the federal bureaucracy that penalizes the citizens of that state.  Maybe they nullify some of the actions of the federal government that curtail civil liberties.  Maybe they look at any actions of the bureaucracy that overstep the powers that the federal government is given in the Constitution.  For instance, recently vernal pools have been declared navigable waters as an excuse for allowing the federal government authority over how private citizens treat their own property.  Such outrageous overstepping of their authority has become common.  A state championing the rights of private citizens being attacked in such ways would protect those citizens from having to take on the gargantuan power of the federal government alone.  It would also be wildly popular with the common people and would guarantee enormous electoral success for the politicians smart enough to do it.

Or maybe it will be a business leader who decides to break ranks from the corporate monolith and starts to court the favor of the normal people on the Right.  Maybe a tech company decides to become the new PayPal but makes a point of saying that it believes that “all lives matter.”  Or it publicizes the fact that it donates a portion of its profits to a traditional religious charity, one that pointedly adheres to biblical beliefs about traditional male and female family roles.

Or maybe it will be some private individual who stands up to the mob.  Maybe it has already happened.  Maybe it was Kyle Rittenhouse.  His trial will be coming up.  Maybe he will be the spark that wakes up the sleeping giant in this land.

Or maybe nothing happens.

So that’s what I’ve been pondering today.  The new year begins and no one really knows what will occur.  I’m an optimist.  I think we shall see a leader step forward and try to channel the anger and dissatisfaction with the current situation and build it into something permanent.  And I know that’s what we really need.

Here’s hoping that is the way it goes.