Yes, it sure is taking years, thanks in part to President Obama’s failure to live up to the pledges for change that helped get him elected.
Meanwhile, while lamenting Obama’s shortfalls in foreign policy, my columns began addressing more-immediate subjects: the economy, fracking, pipelines and the environment, poverty and the minimum wage, and civil liberties and government surveillance. And those issues are not going away.
Of course, frequently feeling the need to get away from politics, I have written often about books, including a series on what titles might be passed along to young people to help them prepare for life.
In suggesting book titles, I know at least a few people have followed my advice. But I have to admit, humbly, that over the years presidents and other national leaders have not heard or listened to my messages.
Perhaps, as long as I can stimulate a few readers to slow down and think a bit differently about an issue, the columns are worthwhile. I will continue that effort in 2014.
Cary Brunswick, of Oneonta, is a freelance writer and editor. He can be reached at email@example.com. The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Star and its editorial board.