It’s the season when Time magazine picks their Person of the the Year. Normally I am oblivious to it but since Trump tweeted over the weekend that he would not accept it should he win (which drove the media batty), it made me curious. So I went to Time’s website and was surprised that I could actually participate in the voting! I had no idea. Of course Time can ignore the votes and pick their own – just in case the voters pick the “wrong” person. Can’t give the common man TOO much power after all.
Actually it doesn’t have to be a “person”. It can be groups (like “The Protestor” in 2011 or “The inheritor” in 1966). Or inanimate objects like “The Computer” in 1982. It can also be influence of the negative kind as well. Both Hitler and Stalin were winners of this award. See reward history here.
The voting is pretty simple. Once you launch the process each nominee pops up and you vote Yes or No. There are about 20 people listed.
Here are some of the names on the list for 2017:
- John McCain – torpedoed the Obamacare repeal – twice!
- Colin Kaepernick – thanks to his “influence” the NFL is in free fall and may not recover. Of course if they had a commissioner who actually cared that his product is being destroyed…
- Putin – great choice. He single handedly caused Hillary’s defeat in 2016 and was in collusion with Trump. No proof needed of course.
- Kim Jong Un – probably had more influence globally with his threats and bluster than anybody else.
- Jimmy Kimmel – seriously??? C’mon!
- President Trump – Neil Gorsuch on the SCOTUS, withdrawal from the Paris Climate Treaty, economy humming along. Not to mention 2 successful foreign trips to the mid-East and Asia. And those are just a few of the things Trump has done the first year in office.
- Maxine Waters – only slightly more serious than Jimmy Kimmel. She’s a one note samba – “Impeach Trump”. I doubt many people even know who she is.
- Mark Zuckerberg – he won it in 2011 and Facebook is even more dominate globally today. They also manipulate data so that conservative ideas are suppressed.
- Taylor Swift – interestingly no entertainer has ever won this award. Not Elvis, Sinatra, Madonna or Michael Jackson. Not even Bobby Sherman! (I heard he cried like a baby over not getting the nomination).
Here are some names/objects that weren’t on the list but should have been (remember, they can be positive or negative influences):
- Climate change/global warming – after all, “the endangered earth” won back in 1988 when we were told we only had 10-20 years to stop global warming or the planet was doomed. Well, it’s almost 30 years later and we’re still here. But curiously under the same threat – so they tell us with made up and manipulated data.
- Al Gore – he wrote another book about the climate danger to the planet. Unfortunately very few people read it. When you fly around in your private jet leaving a bigger carbon footprint than the average citizen people can see thru the hypocrisy.
- Safe spaces – these places have no doubt saved young people, protecting their fragile ears from having to hear any viewpoint other than their own. Unfortunately at some point these children are going to have to get a real job and engage the world. Many won’t be able to handle it. It won’t be pretty. Play dough is NOT provided in the workplace.
- Gloria Allred – this political opportunist never misses an opportunity to get her face on TV. She is a bomb thrower of the worst kind. Has she ever actually prosecuted a case of any of the women she associated herself with?
- Steven Colbert – poor Steven. He was doing great with his liberal gig on late night TV bashing Trump constantly. Then all of a sudden Jimmy Kimmel popped up out of nowhere and stole the mantel. Colbert used to be funny.
- The alt-right – according to the media these folks are all bigoted white nationalists who got Trump elected. What a feat! What influence! From about .03% of the population.
- Confederate/founding father statues – nothing says influence like statues of people who have been dead 150+ years.
And finally –
- J. Watts – he raised millions of dollars to help the hurricane victims in Houston. Well done sir!
The voting continues until December 3 and the winner will be announced December 6.