My wife produces a monthly newsletter for one of my companies. She included a quote in the January, 2009 edition that in recent years has been credited to Mark Twain but which I personally don't recall ever reading in one of his books. It doesn't matter who actually said it or wrote it, it certainly is pertinent today: "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it."
I can answer the question: Both.
I can also tell you that it doesn't really matter. Either way we are getting what we deserve for putting up with these idiots, for believing their pious proclamations and electing (and reelecting) them to office.
2009 is going to be an interesting year. I have always been an optimistic, glass half-full sort of person. That hasn't changed. Whatever happens, the human race will survive. We're tough. We're resilient. We just don't always have the best judgment when it comes to understanding what is best for us. What is best for us is individual responsibility, limited government, and goodwill towards our fellow man. What we have instead is passing the buck, government run amok, and hatred for anyone who looks, acts or thinks differently from ourselves.
I wish for everyone who drops in at this blog from time to time the very best for 2009 -- good health, a sense of humour about the world around us, and what matters more than anything else: the love and support of family and friends.
Happy New Year!