2022: Cautiously Optimistic

2022: Cautiously Optimistic

Happy 2022, everybody!

Once again, for New Year’s Day, I am featuring the art of Janet Burroff. Janet has been providing me with New Year’s art since 2017.

I like this one. It’s creepy as hell. And I think it depicts 2021 exactly how I imagine last year would look if 2021 was a person. And not just because the country got saddled with a broken-down old bag of bones as President.

2021 wasn’t all bad. I learned a few things and had some laughs along the way.

I learned that having a kitten in the house is not the same as having a cat in the house. For the first time since 1986, I started 2021 completely petless. And in July, I adopted the lovely Daisy. She made my year.

It had been fifteen years since I had a kitten and I’d forgotten how much a little hellion a kitten can be. Daisy has mad skills. On her first day here, she scaled the mini-blinds on the living room window. Since then, she’s figured out how to open the medicine cabinet. She likes to get into the pantry cabinet and pull things down off the shelves. Plus she enjoys knocking my mouse and keyboard to the floor whenever I’m out of the room. If it weren’t for the careful deployment of citrus oil, my entire house would like hooligans broke in and ransacked the place.

But Daisy is so damn sweet and affectionate, I happily put up with her hellion side.

I learned that having Scottish ancestry does not make it any easier to understand a Scottish accent.

I also got a freelance writing job in 2021. I love what I do and I work for a terrific guy. Since I generally work seven days a week, I’m beginning to feel a bit like the Dowager Countess of Grantham:

I would gauge my hopes for 2022 as resting somewhere in the area of cautiously optimistic, which is better than being overwhelmed with a nagging sense of impending dread.

At the start of 2021, I was on Team Trepidation. So being on Team Cautiously Optimistic about 2022 is an improvement.

This year will be all about the Midterms. The news media will spend the next ten months trying to prevent the Democrats from losing control of Congress. The hit-pieces on Republicans will reach a fever pitch and the 3-hour riot from a year ago will be flogged all day every day the same way the Mueller investigation was before the 2018 midterms.

Democrats, meanwhile, are not on Team Cautiously Optimistic. They aren’t even on Team Trepidation. They’re starting the New Year squarely on Team Panic.

And panicked Democrats tend to be more insane than they ordinarily are.

Expect them to fight tooth and nail to ram through their bill to federalize our elections. I also anticipate they’ll try again in 2022 to subject the country to the odious “Build Back Better” monstrosity.

As far as COVID Panic goes, it’s hard to know if these guys will ever release their grip on that.

The Democrats and the media painted themselves into a corner with COVID back in 2020.

Like Frankenstein creating a monster then thinking he could control it, the Democrats and the media created this COVID panic as a way to take out Trump. As part of the plan, Joe Biden’s campaign oversold his promise to Shut Down the Virus. Now, they’ve lost control of COVID panic and it’s turning on them.

So effective were they in scaring the shit out of half the country that any shift in policy now will send those scared people into full-blown terror. Sadly for the Democrats, the half of the country they scared the shit out of with their COVID panic is largely made up of their voters.

They thought COVID was their weapon to wield, and now COVID is calling the shots.

So they’re stuck.

In 2022 I see them going one of two ways:

They will either change course on COVID to a more reality-based position in hopes that loosening their grip boosts the Democrats’ advantage in November while simultaneously goosing Biden’s cratering approval numbers upward.

Or they double down and become even more tyrannical hoping they can use COVID Panic to corrupt the 2022 midterm elections the same way they corrupted 2020.

The wildcard in this is We the People.

We’re heading into Year Three of this nonsense. And while there are still panic-stricken goobers who are hiding out in their homes for fear of catching the Chinese Head Cold, I remain cautiously optimistic that enough Americans have arrived at the place you and I were in 2020 and will finally demand an end to the COVID madness.

Time will tell.

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3 thoughts on “2022: Cautiously Optimistic

  • January 1, 2022 at 10:20 am

    2021 was like the original Terminator movie.

    In the original Terminator, Sarah Connor was in shock, paralyzed by fear, trying to make sense of the new reality of her personal situation and the danger that the whole world faced. The first movie in the series was all about trying to cope and survive.

    But in the Terminator sequel, we see Sarah as the warrior she has become. She is able to look at the ugly truth without flinching and is willing to do whatever is necessary. She fights because she has to fight and because losing is not an option.

    2022: The year we (like Sarah) get over the trama and start fighting to win. Losing is not an option.

  • January 1, 2022 at 10:25 am

    As the proud “owner?” of 4 stray cats who adopted my family (not sure who is really in charge), congrats on the “active and engaged” kitten. One of the truest statements I have read is “if the world was flat, cats would have pushed everything off it by now”. My belief is that the dems will continue to double down on their ruinous policies in the hope that they somehow pass some monstrosity (have to pass the bill to see what’s in it!) which allows them to remain in power. They never met a hole that they could stop digging deeper (loved the AOC digging pics). I also think they will NEVER relent on peddling the covid fear porn. The current hysteria over a head cold, sorry, omicron, is fairly strong evidence. Having recovered from the wu-flu, I am more determined than every NOT to ever take the depopulation shot. A functioning God-given immune system is a wonderful thing. Igm, Iga, Igg, I have them all in spades (no, that’s not racist). This was, and is, their best hope of keeping the sheeple cowed, afraid, dependent, and voting left. My confidence in republicans regaining the house and senate is minimal, as they have shown a remarkable propensity for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in the past. 2022 will likely resemble the Chinese curse (not the virus) “may you live in interesting times”.

  • January 2, 2022 at 5:16 pm

    I hope for a better year in 2022. However, it will get off to a terrible start. Barring a last minute reprieve, on Tuesday morning I am being terminated from my job of 15 years for not taking the jab. Although I have been very depressed about it, I know I am doing the right thing in standing up for my rights. Wish me luck.

    Best wishes Dianny, thank you for all you do and Happy New Year.

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