The End of 2021 (2)

I began yesterday with a list of quotations that summed up one of the worst years in memory. Today, the first day of a new year, I complete that list with fervent hope that these words describe a year that is past and will never be repeated.

Here are the quotes:

“We [the U.S.] are closer to civil war than any of us would like to believe.”

“The [richest] top 1% [of Americans] evade an estimated $160 billion in taxes each year.”

“The United States has the largest prison population in the world, and the highest per-capita incarceration rate.”

“Taken as a whole, the range of published evidence indicates that the net damage costs of climate change are likely to be significant and to increase over time.”

“Over HALF of the Justices on the Supreme Court were appointed by presidents who lost the popular vote.”

“The study finds that at least four times as many active duty personnel and war veterans of post-9/11 conflicts have died of suicide than in combat, as an estimated 30,177 have died by suicide as compared with the 7,057 killed in post-9/11 war operations.”

“147 Republican lawmakers, including Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, and Marjorie Taylor Greene, voted to overturn the 2020 election results.”

“January 6 will be the first anniversary of one of the most shameful days in American history. On that date in 2021, the United States Capitol was attacked by thousands of armed loyalists to Donald Trump, some intent on killing members of Congress. Roughly 140 officers were injured in the attack. Five people died that day.”

I invite readers to comment.

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