2016 – A Better New Year?

It is about that time. I know, I have not updated this dumb blog thing in a while, but that will change. It is a change in the air. I can feel it. Anyways, I do hope there are other changes in the air. That is why I am posting this.

The year 2015 was a difficult year for me. Class, work, and life changes. For other people in the world and the United States, however, it was a time of significant changes. They had people and loved ones lost to natural disasters (2015 disasters) and violent acts by humans (2015 Terror and guns in the U.S., Dear/PPH). Will 2016 be any different?

Here in the U.S., there is also the issue of police violence. While I am generally on the side that police are there to protect, many of them do not. Whether it is a few bad apples or only a few good apples, that is to be decided. There is too much violence, however, in the name of them without justice being served (Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray, Zachary Hammond). Will 2016 be any better?

Politics is heating up for 2016, too. Donald Trump is running and inciting violence (Trump Rallies, Homeless Man Beating). Then again, violence from politicians and media outlets caused other violent acts, too (Dear/Planned Parenthood).

When will it stop? When will violence and disgusting rhetoric and laws that prevent such stop? When will ignorance, bigotry and hate speech stop (Trump, Kim Davis)? Will the police be trained to help and not kill U.S. civilians? When will politicians make moves to stop allowing money in politics which allows for corruption and bribes (Wolf-PAC, Koch)? Will 2016 be that year? I hope.

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