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Time Person of the Year 2012

There is a reason that few of us subscribe to TIME magazine. With the selection of Mr. Barack Hussein Obama as person of the year, one wonders why alternative choices were ignored. Certainly, Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani women's rights activist who survived after being shot in the head and neck by Taliban, Fabiola Gianotti, one of CERN’s head scientists, who heads 3,000 physicists in the hunt for the Higgs boson, the elusive particle that physicists had been seeking for the better part of half a century or the teachers like Victoria Soto and victims of Newton,Ct who were true heroes. With no disrespect for the office of the presidency, our country has never been so divided as black vs white, socialist vs capitalist, poor vs rich, Democrat vs Republican, Obamacare vs freedom of choice for healthcare, union vs nonunion, large federal government vs small state government, entitlements vs working for a living, media bias and sensationalism vs journalism, state vs church, left vs right, liberal vs conservative, Muslim vs Christian, and illegal vs citizen. Words such as " Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country...", " I have a dream...", and even " We are not red states or blue states, but The United States of America..." have fallen on fallow ground. Those who have endorsed civil rights, woman's rights, and gay rights stand together with a new sense of nationalism and cannot watch our country and constitutional values be torn apart. Words such as " 47 % of our population " may have lost an election, but one should not endorse the disintegration of our values and our country. We do need a new beginning and to work together. We do need a new face for the future where young and old and conservative and liberal can coexist in THE UNITED STATES of AMERICA. My wish for 2013.

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