VOLUME 35, ISSUE 1

INSIGHTS

 

Distributed quarterly by mail and email, the Conservative Caucus of Delaware's newsletter contains relevant information and insights from noted leaders, authoritative stakeholders and like-minded members who demonstrate their passion for the truths we hold dear by putting pen to paper!

2016: The Year in Review

By Suzie Dickson

 

      What a year it's been! That is not a cliched statement made at the conclusion of the year: it really was a year of change worldwide; some for the better and some for the worse.  

     The big story - Donald Trump: Time magazine correctly selected him as "Person of the Year" for 2016. In January 2016, there were 15 republican presidential candidates: They were: Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz; Carly Fiorino, Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, Mario Rubio; George Pataki, Rand Paul, Rick Santorum, and Donald Trump.

     Although Cruz gave Trump a run for his money in some states, it was clear by the end of May that Trump would win the necessary number of 1,237 delegates, and clinch the nomination before the GOP Convention in Cleveland.

     Meanwhile, across the pond in the United Kingdom, there was a heated debate over the British referendum to leave the European Union (EU), commonly know as “Brexit.”  The polls showed support for the British to stay in the EU. But, the June 23rd vote gave a solid win to the leave camp–52 percent to 48 percent. 

     The movement to leave the EU was a long-term effort on the part of Nigel Farage, Chairman of the United Kingdom Independent Party.  The vote also resulted in David Cameron resigning as Prime Minister and being replaced by Theresa May. 

     The anti-establishment movement was in full swing and the American media, politicians, and pundits should have taken notice.  The polls showed a close race between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump, but there was an  

an enthusiasm gap that the pollsters missed. The 2016 Presidential election was a change election and it resulted in a Trump win.

     2016 marked an increase in the number of terrorist attacks worldwide.  The following is a short list of the most publicized terrorist attacks:

  • Coordinated suicide bombings at Brussels Airport and metro

          station on March 22nd—32

          killed;  

  • Orlando nightclub massacre on June 12th—49 killed; 

  • Terrorist bombing at Atatürk

        Airport in Istanbul on June                 28th —45 killed;

  • Terrorist drove a truck into a crowd in Nice on Bastille Day, July 14th—86 killed;

  • Munich shooting at shopping

          center on July 22nd—9 killed;

  • Murder of a Roman Catholic priest as he was celebrating Mass in  Normandy on July 26th;

  • Terrorist drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin on

         December 19—12 killed; and

  • Terrorist attack in Istanbul nightclub on December 31—39 killed. 

This list does not include numerous stabbings in the U.S. and in Europe or the numerous bombings in the Middle East and Asia. 

     On February 13, 2016, our country lost U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to a sudden and untimely death.  He was praised by his colleague Justice Clarence Thomas as, “a man of strong faith; a towering intellect; a legal giant; and a dear, dear friend.”  Justice Scalia never ceased to articulate what it meant to be a country under God and a free republic as created by the founding fathers.  As for his legacy, it will stand the test of time.  His tireless and inspired work is a continuing consolation to those with right reason and a deep love of their country. 

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