Okay Beta, welcome to 2020.

I’m sure I’m speaking to the choir when I say I’m ready for the great year 2020 to be in our rearview mirror.

We were looking around the bend in our long-term recovery (definitely not there, yet) from Hurricane Harvey when COVID-19 was unleashed on the world.

Since then it has been the summer of discontent across our great nation, and even in our little neck of the woods, as we adapted to the lingering effects of Harvey and the social disruption caused by government mandates regulating our behavior.

What made the national reaction to the virus worse is it happened during an election year.

The hurricane season started as usual, bracketed by the standard June through November season, but the storms started early, and often.

Of course, just like the virus, this primed the pump for politicization of weather in the form of global warming grandstanding.

Don’t get me wrong, I realize the climate is changing, but the climate is constantly changing. I don’t think the world is going to end in eight to 10 years, or anytime soon, regardless of what we do.

The way things are going we have a better chance of killing each other before the earth implodes.

The virus? The politicization will continue until the election, and if Donald Trump is reelected, the paid radicals will go completely nuts, right on cue. They’ve already been given their marching orders.

For some reason, I suspect they won’t like the response this time around.

It will be like when Trump was first elected, but then it was the women activists, which we haven’t heard much from lately. That outrage morphed into Russian collusion, then whatever was the next existential threat, impeachment, and now whatever “bombshells” are dropped between now and Nov. 3.

Add to the equation now filling a vacant Supreme Court seat and we have an even more explosive situation. It will be political at first, followed by well-funded anarchy.

In a word, it’s been a crazy last four years. It has been a period of time when our country has been forced to take a serious look at itself, and what we will be in the future.

2020 has been one crazy year, regardless of your political leanings, and even with the absence of politics (if that’s possible).

When Wilfred strengthened into a tropical storm last Friday it became the earliest 21st named storm on record in the Atlantic basin, beating out Vince, which formed on Oct. 8, 2005.

We are now reaching out to the Greek alphabet to name the remainder of this season’s storms.

I’ve never been a “Chicken Little” type person, tackling issues head-on and letting the outcome fall where it may. I don’t run around with by tail between my legs in fear.

However, with all the disruption around us, especially with the lockdowns and social upheaval, and the absolute politicization of everything since President Trump was elected, I have started to think about the second coming.

Maybe, just maybe, we should start listening, and first look in the mirror to find the root cause of all our problems.

Until next week, have a good week, and pray we make the right decision.

Mike Probst can be reached at publisher@rockportpilot.com.

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