When we hear the words bootlegging, speakeasies, moonshine, or Al Capone, we
think of the era of Prohibition. As the year 2012 is coming to an end, I am trying to
think of the words that best summarize this year.
1. Newtown Shooting: The death of 20 children not only shocked the nation and the
world but also challenges us to step into the forbidden zone of gun control. Newtown
shooting might go down in history as one key triggering event toward a meaningful
change in law and in our violence-ripped culture.
2. Legitimate Rape: What a nicely coined phrase! As if there were illegitimate rape.
The remark reveals fully a lack of sensitivity to the issues, feelings, and experience of
women in male dominant politics.
Todd Akin's comment not only marked a turning point in his battle for the Missouri
Senate race and eventually lost it to his opponent Claire McCaskill, but also sent a
clear message to politicians not to follow Akin's example to their political suicide.
The GOP holds conservative views on issues revolving women's health, such as
contraception and abortion rights.
The fact that "legitimate rape" contributed to Akin's defeat signifies a victory for women,
and that their voices matter in politics. Time has come for the country to
become more sensitive to their health issues.
3. Benghazi Attack: While the U.S. has endured the highest incidents of
embassy/consulate attacks in the world, the death of U.S. Ambassador during the
attack was a rare event.
While U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were the
victims of this attack, UN Ambassador Susan Rice became the political victim at
the hands of the Republican party during the debate on the nature of the attack.
4. Romney's 47%: Mitt Romney's 47% statement indicates Romney had known that
he was not going to get the votes of 47% of the population who did not pay federal
income tax. This exclusive mentality might foretell his loss of November election.
5. "Four More Years": One of the most tweeted phrases of 2012 marked the celebration of President Obama's victory for 2012 election.
This was a hard-fought victory when the country had been bogged down in a deep
economic recession. As Time magazine mentions "Obama is the first Democratic
President since FDR to win more than 50% of the vote in consecutive elections and
the first President since 1940 to win re-election with an unemployment rate north of