The View From 1776

Looking Ahead at 2006

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Blogger Rob Hood assesses prospects for 2006.


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What Will 2006 Bring? A Political Analysis
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By Rob Hood
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It is not long until we see a new year. While none of us can predict the future I think I can try to predict the political spectrum of events to unfold.
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I know that the Judge Alito confirmation process will probably bring a heated battle between liberals, moderates, and conservatives over the issues of abortion, privacy, and religion in the public square, not to mention Second Amendment rights.
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That, I believe, is a fair and accurate assumption to make considering what we already know how the left feels about this particular nominee. I personally cannot see why they are getting their feathers so ruffled over the issue. President Bush won the election fair and square in 2004 and has every right to pick who he wants. Then again, I would probably have acted somewhat the same if John Kerry had won the election and picked some one to the far left as a judicial nominee. It’s basic human nature to cheer for someone you have something in common with and jeer for the other side. That goes for life itself, not just politics.
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I believe that we will see even more progress being made in Iraq in 2006 that we did in 2005. I feel that we probably can and will start pulling troops out sometime in 2006, but you have to realize that it takes time to train soldiers. It takes time for the U.S. military to train soldiers and obtain officers after training. It is a slow process and we must be patient.
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I do not regret the fact that we did invade Iraq with the presumption that we would find weapons of mass destruction which could still happen. The weapons are probably buried deep in the sands across the Syrian border. I doubt whether Saddam was actually dumb enough not to hide them from us before we arrived. He may be a mean man, but he knows how to play politics better than anyone in Washington ever could. His style is deception and trickery.
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In 2006 I hope we do see better progress in immigration reform, social security reform (if the liberals let us), and a better view of the war on terror. Perhaps we will even find and capture Osama Bin Laden himself. I hope we do. That would make my day to see Osama imprisoned and stripped of his anti-American, anti-Christian rhetoric.
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Like I said before none of us knows the future and none of us knows if we will even be alive tomorrow or not. We are not guaranteed life, be we are granted freedom by a document that some of the greatest minds have ever drafted before. That document is the United States Constitution. I am proud to be an American and know that I have the right to free speech, the right to freedom of religion, and other personal freedoms that we all, liberal and conservative, take for granted sometimes.
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We can make this nation and this world a better place in 2006 if we only try to get along and show respect for each other and for our founding fathers’ intentions of the drafted Constitution. We owe it to ourselves and the world to be the prime example of freedom and democracy in a world that is somewhat hostile to those ideals. Together we can make the difference!
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Rob Hood is a columnist for The American Daily ( http://www.americandaily.com ), The Conservative Voice ( http://www.theconservativevoice.com ), News By Us ( http://www.newsbyus.com ) and for The View from 1776 (http://www.thomasbrewton.com ). He also has his own blogs at http://robhood.us and www.standfortruthonline.com .

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