Still, time to vote, repost – As the year 2019 winds down, we begin to look forward to what 2020 will bring. But for we do that, it might be useful to see what has happened this past year of 2019.
So we have assembled our top political events of the year and present them here below. Of course, this is a fairly subjective exercise, and you may disagree with our list – if you have further thoughts, add to the comment section and we can look at adjusting this list as we go. But in any case, then go to the bottom of this list to vote for your top political events of the year 2019, and see others results to find the top political event of the year.
Our top political events for 2019 – presented in calendar priority:
January 23: Venezuelan crisis – socialism. Thousands of people protest in favor of disputed interim President Juan Guaidó. Several people are killed, and President Maduro severs diplomatic ties with the United States. The crisis is still ongoing, though has left the focus of media. It is important, as Venezuela has been used as the straw model of what happens with a country that goes full-tilt socialist. Regardless of your views on socialism events in Venezuela will weigh heavily in US and international politics.
January 29: Actor Jussie Smollett hate hoax – culture war – political street violence. Jussie Smollett checked himself into the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and reported that he had been attacked and called slurs related to his race and for being gay. Over the next month, different accounts and issues with the case began to unfold, revealing inconsistencies and problems with Smollett’s story and casting doubt on how or if it truly occurred. On February 20, Smollett was arrested. This stirred a national debate on the state of racial relations in America. This is expanding to include the ongoing culture war that exists in America and can be seen in the ongoing political street violence (Hate Maps).
February 7: Rep. Climate Change Activists Push for A Green New Deal. On February 7, New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey introduced the blueprint for a New Green Deal, an ambitious plan described as a “10-year $93 trillion national mobilization” akin to that of the efforts during WWII. In addition, Greta Thunberg is a Swedish environmental activist on climate change whose campaigning has gained international recognition place an exclamation point on this political agenda. Regardless of your views on climate change, this sparked a national and international debate that will consume politics going forward.
February 15: President Trump Declares A National Emergency – build the wall. People were unsure of how February 15 would play out. It was the last day of the brief reopening of the government. Speaking from the Rose Garden, President Trump officially declared a national state of emergency in order to obtain funding for his long-promised border wall.
March 22: Robert Mueller Concludes His Report. After two years, Special counsel Robert Mueller completed his investigation on President Trump and any possible collusion with Russia. Mueller did not find that President Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia.
April 11: Julian Assange Is Arrested. London Metropolitan Police arrested Julian Assange, co-founder of Wikileaks, on April 11. Assange was staying at the Ecuador Embassy under the protection of asylum. The Ecuadorian government ended Julian Assange’s protective status “for repeatedly violating international conventions and protocols of existence.” This marks what many say is the death of journalism and provides a stern warning to those who would expose government nefarious actors.
June 6: Hong Kong protests. Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protests: Over 1 million people in Hong Kong protest against proposed legislation regarding extradition to China. It is the largest protest in Hong Kong since the 1997 handover. This has been an ongoing Asian crisis yet to be resolved. It is significant in the sense that it is emblematic of the issue of global stability and China’s role on the global stage.
September 11: Ongoing Trump’s Trade War – stock market soars. The Trump ongoing trade war to some is highly controversial – and the jury is still out on whether it can be called successful. It has pros and cons, depending on your position in the economy. Fair or Free trade policies have been questioned on both sides of the political divide. Regardless of the views, the Trump economy has been outstanding and stock markets have been soaring. When looking at one’s retirement funds invested (401K), for sure this could be a significant impact on one’s economic prosperity – and the politics associated with it.
June 27: The Supreme Court Blocks A Citizenship Question On The 2020 Census. The United States Supreme Court made a five to four majority decision on whether or not the US Department of Commerce could reinstate a citizenship census question on the 2020 electoral ballot. A decision that could alter the demographics long term and hence the political landscape for decades to come.
June 30: Trump meets North Korea’s Kim Jong Un – nuclear threat. Trump, who becomes first sitting U.S. president to step into North Korea “Stepping across that line was a great honor,” Trump said, later adding that it was “something incredible.” The efforts, if successful, to denuclearize one of the few remaining world dictators could lead to a more peaceful world in years to come.
October 30: Social media clampdown – FAKE NEWS. Social media website Twitter bans all political advertising worldwide. This is just emblematic of a global phenomenon across all social media companies like Twitter Facebook, YouTube to name a few. It is governments as well. In Europe, the extensive implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is now censoring the internet for more than 400 million of its citizens. China in 2019 began its rollout of social media scoring to monitor and control its citizens. This is terribly significant because to control the public forum of debate is to control the politics.
December 18: President Trump Is Impeached. The US House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump. House members voted on two articles of impeachment – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – concerning the president’s pressure on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democratic candidate for president in 2020.
December 20: Brexit set for January 31. After the landslide victory of Boris Johnson and the Tory party conservatives, and after years of wrangling over Brexit, it has finally happened – the UK parliament passes Brexit. This has been considered the canary in the coal mine for the coming elections in the US in 2020. It also gave the globalist a major defeat.
December 25: President Trump’s economy. Almost 4 million jobs created since his election. More Americans are now employed than ever recorded before in our history. Median household income has hit the highest level ever recorded. African-American and Hispanic-American unemployment has recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded. The economy by all standards has been outstanding – one the single best achievements of the Trump administration.
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