Now that Christmas is over, we now need to seriously consider our New Year resolutions.
New Year resolutions are always good for a laugh, but last year’s resolutions didn’t go so well. I went three for 10.
First, though, a reminder. With the beginning of the year you get to start working again until about April 16 for the federal government. Then you start working for the state for a few days. Happy New Year.
I resolve not to gloat (too much) over the 2014 election. Besides, the Republicans will probably screw things up.
I resolve to hold Lt. Gov.-elect Mark Hutchison to his word on presenting to Congress an action to turn ownership of most federal lands in Nevada over to the state. He said he would present it once. If that wasn’t successful then he said he would go to the Supreme Court. He made a logical case for the basis of this, but it is too lengthy to describe here. Maybe, I will devote a future column to this issue. Maybe with a fairly conservative Nevada Attorney General and Republican legislature he can make this happen.
I resolve to write to elected officials more often, as if they don’t hear from me now. If they give me something positive to write to them about, I will do that too. I wrote to Speaker John Boehner about his action on the budget that basically neutered the 2014 election, and used those words. I am still awaiting his response.
I resolve to be more tolerant of liberals. As Ronald Reagan said, “It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.” With that in mind, I need to remember that they have been spoon fed by the liberal machine for so long they just can’t help themselves. They believe the lies they have been told.
I resolve to be polite if for some reason I should cross paths with Harry Reid. Ditto for Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer and Maxine Waters. It’s not likely, but you never know.
This one is a repeat from last year because this is one I kept. I resolve to watch NBC and MSNBC at least once in the year. I don’t want to watch more than that because it might give them a significant ratings boost.
OK, enough already. That should be plenty of resolutions not to keep. Finally, the following was sent to me by email. It is someone else’s work but there was no name with it to give proper credit to. Anyway, it is an appropriate way to end the year.
To my liberal, moderate, and politically correct friends, “Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.
I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2015, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. And without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishes.
By accepting these greetings, you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for herself or himself or others, is void where prohibited by law and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.”
For the rest of you, “Here’s wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous 2015 New Year!”
Tom Riggins is an LVN columnist and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org