As we quickly approach the end of a politically volatile decade, it is fascinating to look back and see just how much happened. A brief timeline of major occurrences:
2000 – Bush v Gore
2001 – September 11
2005 – Hurricane Katrina
2006 – Samuel Alito replaces Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court
2007 – Nancy Pelosi becomes first female Speaker of the House
2009 – Sonia Sotomayor replaces David Souter on the Supreme Court
Overall, I give US political developments a pretty low grade. As a progressive liberal, I would say four of those events can be construed as, in some way, positive. Three of them came in the latter half of the decade when the public and, in response, the politicians got fed up with President Bush’s failures.
There were other positive political developments, most of which the US did not have a hand in, like the use of the Euro an the Kyoto Protocol. Maybe in the coming decade, we can do a little better. Certainly, we have room for improvement economically. And we were all sold on hope this decade, so I am going to hold out a bit for a brighter political future.