Rear Window Ethics Rear Window Ethics: Bush Named Time Magazine's "Person of the Year"

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Bush Named Time Magazine's "Person of the Year"

In a spectacularly unsurprising decision, the folks at Time Magazine has chosen George W. Bush, President for another term, as this year's "Man of the Year". Of course, the award is really called "Person of the Year", and has been ever since way back in 1999, when Time decidedly missed the political correctness craze by about five years. As far as I know, no woman (or hermaphrodite) has won the award since its renaming, except when in groups like "The American Soldier" and "The Whistle-blowers".

This was the obvious, and correct choice. There has certainly been no more dominant or discussed figure in the past year than Mr. Bush, for better or for worse. To illustrate this I decided to make a list of a few things that have changed since he took office almost four years ago:

  • We are at war (and it has been declared).
  • America has adopted the doctrine of "preemptive strike".
  • The average American has become far more politically involved, whether it means volunteering for or contributing to a campaign, or just paying much more attention to political news.
  • Terrorism has gone from a fringe issue that most Americans don't think about, to one that probably decided the 2004 election.
  • America (at least seems) more politically polarized that ever before in my lifetime.
  • The United States has become a more popular target for international anger.
  • One of the largest tax cuts in recent history has been made permanent.

I know there are plenty more things that have changed drastically in the last four years, as well as those that have not. Keep going! Please comment with some that stick in your mind.