Here are the top stories for 2021:
- The storming of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6: during a pro-Trump rally intended to protest the 2020 Presidential Election results (i.e. voter fraud), many of the attendees then marched to the Capitol and forced their in while Congress was attempting to certify the election results. During the riot, several individuals were killed, over a hundred people were injured, and there were various instances of vandalism and theft. Although Trump and various conservatives were blamed for the riot, it appears that those who instigated the violence were leftists who had infiltrated the rally. At any rate, liberals have attempted to use the violence to crack down on dissent. Trump would be impeached again by the House of Representatives, but again he was acquitted in the Senate. Joe Biden would eventually be sworn in, but his actions, inaction, and indifference towards the America people (and America itself) resulted in his popularity plummeting during his first year in office. Meanwhile, Trump has hinted at a run in 2024.
- The Covid-19 Pandemic is still ongoing, resulting in an estimated five million deaths. A new variant of the pandemic named the Omicron originated in Africa and has spread to other countries. In the midst of the pandemic, the Biden Administration has attempted to impose vaccination mandates for businesses with more than 100 employees to either get vaccinated or be tested for Covid-19 on a weekly basis. Such action has resulted in various lawsuits being filed, and the courts have put a hold on the mandate pending the litigation.
- Stormy weather: in February 2021, a major snowstorm hit the United States, Canada, and Mexico, resulting in many power outages and over a hundred deaths. Texas was especially impacted, with its grid being knocked out. Amidst the aftermath, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez arrived in Texas to raise money in order to help those impacted by the snowstorm, but also to promote her Green New Deal, even going so far as to say that such power outages would not have occurred had her Green New Deal become law. In December 2021, a series of tornadoes hit Kentucky and several other states, resulting in around 90 deaths, over 100 injuries, and much property damage. The Biden Administration blamed the tornadoes on climate change. Thus, the Democrats have politicized both of these storms in order to push their environmental agenda.
- The pullout from Afghanistan: several weeks prior to the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, the Biden Administration ordered the military out of Afghanistan. But doing so, they were also ordered to leave American civilians (some of whom were relatives of American military personnel) and tons of military equipment behind. As a result, the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan, putting those who were left behind in danger, while the equipment left behind has fallen into the hands of the Taliban.
- Crime has increased due to police departments being defunded and prosecutors refusing to prosecute various criminals. Such an increase has resulted in some cities refunding their police departments.
- Virginia, previously thought to becoming a Democratic stronghold, began to turn red as Republican Glenn Youngkin won the gubernatorial race, while Republicans took back the House of Delegates in the Virginia General Assembly, as well as being victorious in the lieutenant gubernatorial and attorney general’s races. Such victories are said to set the stage for a Republican resurgence in 2022.
- The following people died in 2021: Hal Holbrook, Cloris Leachman, Christopher Plummer, George Shultz, Larry Flynt, Rush Limbaugh, Yaphet Kotto, George Segal, Beverly Clearly, Prince Philip (the Duke of Edinburgh), Bernie Madoff, Walter Mondale, Michael Collins (one of the Apollo 11 crew members), Olympia Dukakis, Charles Grodin, Ned Beatty, John McAfee, Donald Rumsfeld, Kurt Westergaard, Ed Asner, Bobby Bowden, Norm Macdonald, Colin Powell, Bob Dole, Dean Stockwell, F.W. de Klerk, Anne Rice, and Desmond Tutu.
2021 hasn’t been as good as some people hoped. Hopefully, 2022 will be a better year.
Happy New Year.