It is now a new year, and time for River Valley New Holland's Top 10 Wishes for 2012. Warning: Some may find the following graphic nauseating, or hallucinatory.
No. 10: How about a revival of the Occupy Wall Street movement?
Please reference nauseating disclaimer above. Remember when liberal politicians, media pundits and local loons were lauding this bunch as being "a force to change and lead America"?
They proved to be a drug- and maggot-infested gathering of weirdos demanding new government handouts for the "lame and lazy," and, like the embarrassing uncle at Christmas, we couldn't wait for them to go home.
However, I loved watching them condemn capitalism while wearing Nike sneakers, Old Navy shirts and Wrangler jeans, at the same time drinking Starbucks coffee as they slept in tents made by Coleman. When cold weather hit, they all scampered home and warmed themselves with fossil fuels. Let's hope they come back soon to once again illustrate the insanity of left-wing America.
No. 9: We wish for honesty in the media, government and the presidential campaign.
Fat chance! Please note disclaimer on hallucinatory. It is sad, but dishonesty in reporting, governing and campaigning is the norm.
The mainstream media, most of which leans left, no longer reports the news; they direct it! Think about it. Certain politicians are coddled and never asked tough questions. Others must explain every statement and endure questions about all facets of their lives. Just look at the passes given to Ted Kennedy, Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi and President Obama. Contrast the treatment given President George W. Bush, Rick Perry, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and Newt.
In regard to government, a recent email was circulated on the Internet posing the question, "What organization has X numbers of arrests, dead-beat-dads, bounced checks, felonies, DWI's …" The answer was a multiple choice: A) the NFL, B) the NBA or C) the U.S. Congress. The correct answer was C) the U.S. Congress. We laugh and accept it, but how sad.
In campaigns, how often have we heard reporters and legitimate analysts state that "He has to say that, to get elected" or "Does anyone really expect a politician to live up to his campaign promises?" Think about it. We demand more honesty from a cashier at Walmart than we do our president, congressmen or senators.
No. 8: We wish for an end to political correctness.
Has it worked? Has it brought people together? No, it has not! We have childish terms like the N-word, the B-word and the P-word. Illegal aliens are called "undocumented workers." People are no longer fat; they are "calorically challenged."
Good grief, tax increases are now "revenue enhancements." Thanks to the Obama administration, the War on Terror is now called the "Overseas Contingency Operations." What's next? Terrorists renamed "People who have not accepted Obama's apology for America"?
No. 7: Stop telling me what to eat, what to drive and how to heat and light my home!
Please, enough of these touchy-feely regulations, directed taxation and government handouts to those that play the foolish environmental game. Stop the hamfisted indoctrination and give us credit for making our own decisions and spending what's left of our own money.
No. 6: Let's end foreign aid to countries that despise and work against us.
Sure, it's but a drop in our budget bucket, but why play the patsy and send those clowns anything?
No. 5: Stop complaining about "God" being in the Pledge of Allegiance, on our currency and part of our national holidays.
The First Amendment was never intended to advocate an atheist nation.
No. 4: We wish for the continuance of the United States of America as the dominant world economy and military power by spending less, reducing the national debt and boosting employment through manufacturing and conventional energy exploration.
No. 3: Ah, fracking!
Let us hope that 2012 will be filled with much-needed gas exploration in all of New York state. Especially so, may the area around Cooperstown be filled with pipelines, well heads and "sustainable INDUSTRY" that benefit ALL her residents.
No. 2: Note graphic disclaimer above. Drum roll, please! Rid ourselves of the most inept, condescending, big-government, arrogant, bungling, vacation-addicted, unpatriotic, big-spending, telepromptered, socialist president in U.S. history.
We've had some real winners, but this guy makes Jimmy Carter look good.
No. 1: May 2012 be prosperous for all, but especially for those who rise at 4 a.m., clean their barns, milk their cows, fight the weather and breakdowns to harvest their crops, do chores again at 4 p.m. and more crop work or repairs until dark. Then they rise at 4 a.m. and start all over again.
Every year, dairy farmers work harder and smarter and in a good year may "break even." They don't complain. They don't riot or occupy. They love their wives, raise their children well and thank God each day for their blessings.
Chuck Pinkey is the owner of River Valley New Holland Inc. in Otego. 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.