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Commentary: A list of things I'd like to see in 2013

January 12, 2013|By Patrick Caneday

Each new year brings the annual overflow of list articles — every noteworthy thing you remember from the past year, and even more you never really cared about.

"Best Books of the Year" to "Worst Celebrity Haircuts," "Top 10 News Stories" to "Top 10 Wardrobe Malfunctions," "Most Inspiring Moments" to "Least Flattering Cosmetic Surgeries."

Though I find list articles a trite, too-easy way to summarize the world's complexities, here's another one. If I made resolutions — which I don't — I'd resolve to be less conformist.

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In no particular order, my Top 14 (just to be different) Wishes for 2013:

A Congress that actually works for the people who elected it. Our 2012 Congress is on record as the least productive in our nation's history. I realize in my own futile life how hard it is to put aside one's pettiness, self-interest and unwavering dogma, but the biggest problem facing this country is not the person in the White House, the national debt, or entitlements. It is the collection of puppets controlled by their party, donors and special interests who have lost sight of who they represent.

I wish for more doomsday predictions. The misinterpreted ramblings of ancient civilizations, the detritus spewed by cultist egomaniacs and conspiracy theorists are low-hanging fruit for us commentators.

Disarming the bullet train. I wish for the governor and Assembly of this great state to come to their senses and stop loading money on this rail ride to nowhere. A nifty idea before greedy, soulless money merchants brought this country to its knees — heck, I may have even voted for it in 2008 — but let's take another vote to see how many Californians care about getting through the Central Valley a little faster in 2029 when they're struggling to put food on the table in 2013.

An end to the use of the word "girlfriend" for anything other than a female you're romantically involved with, but not yet married to.

To be able to choose exactly which channels I get from my TV program provider. Certainly in this day and age, when I can use my smartphone to set recordings remotely, and broadcasters know exactly which commercials I'm fast-forwarding through, there is a way to choose which channels I receive instead of getting 400 I don't want just so I can see the 12 I do.

I wish for a lobby supporting the needs of the mentally ill as strong as that for gun ownership. And politicians willing to pander to that lobby as well.

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