A Cynic’s Look at 2008

by Tommi Avicolli-Mecca on December 22, 2008

First published on January 02, 2008.

Of course, the worst news of 2008 will be that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will continue, and President George Bush will not be impeached. The attempt to remove Vice President Dick Cheney from office will go down in defeat, as even fellow Democrats run scared from Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich’s impeachment proposal.

With Democrats short of the votes needed to bring home the troops and end the military madness in the Middle East, more and more Americans and Iraqis will be added to the list of those who have already died. Their blood will be on the hands of this administration and this Congress. One can only hope that someday they wake up with the Lady MacBeth syndrome.

George Bush will escape being held accountable for his crime of lying about weapons of mass destruction, not to mention spying on American citizens, approving torture, and revoking the constitutional right of habeus corpus. His clean exit will prove once and for all that under the American “justice” system, only the poor and working-class have to answer for their actions.

Americans will struggle (and many will die) without universal healthcare. They will continue to be exploited and victimized by a greedy for-profit healthcare industry and equally reprehensible pharmaceutical companies. The “Hippocratic” oath never sounded so much like “hypocritical.”

With the cost of renting and buying soaring ever higher and way out of the reach of more and more people, the number of those living below the poverty line will grow. Reports that America’s children are going hungry will become more commonplace as the outrageous cost of living forces families to make cuts in basic necessities.

As more and more corporations declare themselves “green” as a PR gimmick and not a genuine reflection of a real change in policies, the state of the planet will get worse. More and more “recycled” products will end up in landfills in China. Americans will not stop driving cars and taking airplanes. As more and more land is used to grow crops for fuel rather than to feed people, the poor will bear the cost of America’s addiction to fuel-guzzling lifestyles.

Do I see any hope for 2008?

Perhaps a Democrat will win the presidency in November. If it’s one of the frontrunners, not much will change. Perhaps he or she will ease the attacks on our civil rights. Social programs may receive a little more money. Gay marriage won’t be condemned publicly by the president. Liberal judges will be appointed.

In the end, no matter who’s in the White House, the war will probably go on into 2009, universal healthcare will be sacrificed for a plan that benefits the healthcare industry, and the price of renting or buying will climb ever higher.

It’s not going to be a good year.

Tommi Avicolli Mecca is a longtime radical Italian queer atheist with a website: www.avicollimecca.com

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