I don't know the criteria used by Time for choosing their "Person Of The Year", but obviously it isn't the subject's positive contribution to mankind. It also doesn't seem to have anything to do with selfless acts which raise up others. And elevating the human spirit in its quest for freedom and justice doesn't seem to be a requirement for Time in selecting the person who appears on their annual cover to receive this great honor. I say all this because this year's "Person Of The Year" is none other than Barack Hussein Obama. I am aware that Time awards the honor to the person or entity that has had the most influence on the world over the previous year, for good or bad. Previous recipients have included Adolf Hitler and Osama Bin Laden, but it has also included Ronald Reagan and Gandhi. I'll allow the reader to determine which group of previous recipients the current "Person Of The Year" is aligned.
If the distinction of "The Person Of The Year" title was bestowed upon an individual for negative achievements, then our newly re-elected President would more than qualify. After all, it has been his policies which have lead to a record number of people living in poverty, a record number of people receiving food stamp assistance, a record amount of national debt, a record number of unemployed and under-employed, a historic downgrade of the U.S. credit rating, the longest sustained period of slow economic growth in 70 years and a country which is more divided than it ever has been. Quite a list of accomplishments and I haven't even gotten to the historic amount of corruption in the Obama administration and scandals like Solendra, Fast and Furious and Benghazi. If one were to take everything that Barack Obama has done and some how rotate them 180 degrees, he would be one of the greatest President in this nation's history, but instead he will be seen by history as one of the worst.
A more deserving recipient would have been Benjamin Netanyahu, who has struggled to keep his island of democracy in a sea of tyranny secure, and not only functioning but thriving. Israel has one the best economies in the world while having to endure daily attacks from enemies who wish to destroy it and a world body, The United Nations, that seems to support the cause of her enemies more than that of Israel. They could have also awarded the honor of "Person Of The Year" to Steve Jobs, who died in 2011 but whose company, Apple Computer, became the largest company in the world by market cap in 2012. Very few companies have had the impact that Apple has had on how people interact with each other and live their dialy lives using technology. Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin sparked a firestorm of controversy when he passed legislation in his state to reign in the power of the unions that were bankrupting Wisconsin. He survived a recall election and began an awakening in this country among ordinary people to the economically destructive force of out of control union contracts. Governor Walker would have also been a better and more deserving choice than Barack Obama.
In the big picture of the daily lives of real people, the Time "Person Of The Year" really doesn't matter a hill of beans. But I guess to the media types who live and die by their own self-congratulatory, over-inflated ego stroking, the "Person Of The Year" is the highlight of their otherwise ever-increasingly irrelevant existence.
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