Some thoughts and some wishful thinking for the New Year 2016

Published 5:32 pm Tuesday, January 5, 2016

You’ve probably heard of “wishful thinking” and even done a little of it yourself. Wishful thinking, according to The Urban Dictionary, is “basically daydreaming. Wishing or imagining something would happen that isn’t exactly realistic.”

I can’t think of a better time to do some wishful thinking than this week. Remember, wishful thinking isn’t what is realistic, but I still hope it would happen.

For instance, can I not wish for a 2016 Presidential race that would be civil, even though that’s not too realistic? Imagine no name-calling, no bragging, no lying, and an absolute commitment to sticking to the important issues facing our country. This may be the most unrealistic hope I have today. I wish for a fair exposition of all the candidates.

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I would like the news organization that are charged with bringing us the truth to actually bring us the truth and nothing but the unvarnished truth. Once again, remember I’m daydreaming.

Here is another bit of wishful thinking. Congress, that group of elephants and donkeys (I could have used another name) that spend our taxes, would actually go to work on spending said taxes on items that would really benefit the country.

And here is the greatest bit of wishful thinking when it comes to that group.

They would act like you and I have to regarding our bank accounts. If the money’s not there, they wouldn’t spend it. Then, they would also begin to work on that massive debt that is, one day, going to eat us alive! I wish that we would hold their feet to the fire until they do, as they are supposed to do, the people’s work.

This year, I wish that our law enforcement officers would be treated with the respect they deserve when they work hard at doing their job fairly. I wish the country would realize that if someone is breaking the law, there are consequences to pay.

Law enforcement officers are no more perfect than any other profession. When they make errors (and they do), my wishful thinking leads me to hope that they would be judged just as fairly as any other person. No better, no worse.

As long as I am daydreaming about 2016, I hope that this year will be one in which we, as a country, begin to enforce our laws about people entering the country.

I can’t, for the life of me, understand how anyone could encourage something like open borders.

It may be wishful thinking, but I would hope that everyone who comes into this country would want to celebrate and work toward the values that made this country great. It’s almost suicidal to continue a policy that has no idea as to who is coming in and what they may want to do or if they can make a contribution to helping the country. Is that too much to wish for?

There’s plenty more wishful thinking about our nation and not enough space or time to give it, so let me close with more bit of wishful thinking for the entire would in 2016. I wish we would stop fussing and fighting in the name of religion.

No one has to think or believe as I do. Just let me wish and hope as I may think and believe in Who I want. Anyone is welcome to do the same. Just let me be safe as I do. I won’t bother you either.

It’s good to do some daydreaming, but here is something very real. I hope this year is a good one for you!