As is traditional with the season, the end of the year is a chance to look back and reflect on the events that occurred over the past 365 days.

And what a year it has been! Here are some stories, beyond the election and the fiscal cliff, that caught the eye and interest of my Tea Party compatriots around the nation for 2012.

The Costa Concordia

That 2012 began with a shipping disaster should have been taken as a clear omen. Though this tragedy, in which a drunk captain ran this cruise liner into a rock and which resulted in the death over 30 people, happened it Italy, it generated a discussion on the concept of “chivalry” and how its loss has hit American society.

Young men just don’t seem to respect women. They don’t seem to respect much of anything. I see it every day in the way men treat their women. Or any woman, or the old, the young, or the infirm. The only thing they hold in esteem seems to be what hangs between their own legs; and what they can do with it.

Happily, a group young American women are trying to bring back chivalry from the brink of extinction.

The Outsourcing of American Journalism

Beyond the election, this year’s biggest story is actually about the complete failure of the country’s press to act as responsible members of the Fourth Estate and be real “Watch Dogs”. The examples of atrocious media coverage touch nearly every major news story this year: Fast and Furious. Benghazi. Aurora. Sandy Hook. For me, when the American press failed to question the White House fantasy of a YouTube video inspiring region-wide attacks on American interests by Islamic fanatics, culminating in the death of Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens and 3 other American service personnel, I concluded that real journalism has been officially outsourced.

“Tim Scott, the Token Black”.

Conservatives and Tea Party activists have been branded as racists, despite the fact that minority members have been passionately and enthusiastically supported since the movement’s inception in 2009 and Andrew Breitbart’s $100,000 for video evidence otherwise remains unclaimed. However, that did not stop a University of Pennsylvania professor from writing a trite and insulting piece about Tim Scott, the Republican Congressman from South Carolina who was just appointed to the seat being vacated by Jim DeMint.

Subsequently, Professor Jacobson is applying Alinsky Rule #4 (make the enemy live by its own rules) to the elite publications espousing race-based theory (the NYT, Salon, the University of Pennsylvania Political Science Department). I can assure you one of our Tea Party rallies exceeds the level of diversity that Jacobson discovered on his quest. My #1 prediction for 2013 is that citizen activists will continue applying the Alinsky Rules with eye-popping results.

The Space Shuttle Lands in Los Angeles

Ship sinkings, murder, and racism seem a sour way to end 2012! So, here is something that is very inspirational from Southern California. One of San Diego’s citizen activists took her children to see the space shuttle Endeavor land at is final destination — California Science Center in Exposition Park. Her report highlights the power of individual aspirations:

And anyone who thinks the space program doesn’t matter, that it’s a waste of money, doesn’t know jack squat. When one of the most economically challenged communities in America, a community that one would expect would want tax dollars spend on domestic, not space programs, rolls out the red carpet and shows reverence for the Space Shuttle and the astronauts in-tow, it means that people really can be inspired…even unified, by profound acts of faith and courage.

Kids with Space Shuttle toys. Homemade t-shirts to commemorate the event. Every piece of electronic recording device known to man. Gasps and applause at first sightings. Strangers making sure kids got best viewing.

I will be headed there with the family next weekend, to see both the space shuttle and “Cleopatra – The Exhibition“.

One last thought — I will be grateful to share 2013’s stories with my Legal Insurrection friends. I can’t wait to see what next year’s list will be.


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