t r u t h o u t - Medea Benjamin: 10 Good Things about Another Bad Year:As we close this year, a year in which we were pummeled by the Iraq war, attacks on our civil rights, and Mother Nature's fury of hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis, there is no shortage of reasons to feel bruised and beaten. But to start the New Year with a healthy determination to keep on fighting, we need to reflect on the good things that happened. And there are plenty. Technorati tags: Happy New Year, New Year, New Year's Eve, Medea Benjamin, Truthout Medea Benjamin talks about some of the bright spots in an otherwise terrible year. I don't really celebrate holidays anymore because most of them are based on lies and corpratist marketing gimmicks anyway. As for the New Year that people are ringing in, I'm somewhat bitter. We have a president and his administration which I hate ( I hate his friends, colleagues, and entire family too ) and I consider them my enemies. I hate rich corporate elitists. They are responsible for so much pain and suffering in America and in other countries. Since 2000, we have been suffering and I don't expect it to get better next year. I have Bush and Cheney to thank for that. Though I'm sure they are celebrating tonight. It's pretty amazing that the many people I talk to in New York like myself, can't even stand to hear Bush speak. I turn the channel if I'm watching television ( which is rare that I'm watching TV ). I really don't even accept that he is my president I think of him as my dictator for now. This is an authoritarian government that we are in at the moment. I can't help but watch people already celebrating the new year in other countries and think that we are all sheep. What exactly are we celebrating? What is there to be happy about? There is nothing to be happy about in this corporate dominated and on the verge of being feudalistic world. I put 90% of the blame on Pax Americana. Four thousands of years the little people have had to fight against the elite few. Even our founding fathers for the most part believed in the few who should govern over the many for they know not what they do. Yes, this is a sad world that we are in but I do realize that even in this aristocratic United States and world that there are still choices. When the people had the opportunity they chose to remove Herbert Hoover and voted in Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Roosevelt and Truman for that matter were no progressives by any means. They were quite conservative in my opinion, but they did things that helped the working people and poor tremendously all the while they engaged in empire and Truman building up the pentagon system aka the military industrial complex. So come 2009 we'll hopefully have a change with the presidency. After all, Clinton was a corpratist but he was so much more better for the country. Just think that most of the worlds problems are really the fault of the United States Supreme Court for recognizing corporations as human beings. Thomas Jefferson an elite property and slave owner himself had tremendous fear of the power of corporations that were coming into power back then. After all Jefferson and the others had to deal with the original evil corporation Pax Britannica's East India Company. But what about the good things that happened this year? Benjamin brings up Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales, Cindy Sheehan, and of course Bush's miserable approval ratings. But it's going to be a long time before I'm celebrating anything, I plan to fight on however. So while millions of people are celebrating in Times Square tonight all i'm thinking about is the battle ahead.