2018 In Review: The Positives and Negatives

The year 2018 is finally over. If it serves as a prediction for 2019 than we are in for a bumpy ride.

It seemed like it was over in a flash, but it was packed full of crazy events. Both good and bad things took place. To say the least, it was a tough year to comprehend looking back. Here are some of the biggest stories from 2018.

Lets start with the negatives:

Parkland School Shooting

This was an absolute tragedy. On Valentines Day, deranged shooter Nikolas Cruz, entered Marjory Stonemen Douglas High School with a semiautomatic rifle; taking the lives of 17 and injuring 14 more.

Andrew Pollack, father of one of the victims, gave an emotional plea to the president. He also started #fixit and is working to create safer schools. 

Pollack is right, we owe it to our kids. Nobody should have to go through what those families have went through. One time is too many and it is not a partisan issue.

California Wildfires

The 2018 California wildfires were devastating. Reports say that 85-lives were taken by the fire and some may still be missing.

This is more victims than the last three “worst” wildfires in the state combined. Thousands of acres burned in Calif., creating the ultimate disaster for many residents.

Map of Damage in Paradise (NASA)

User documented footage was horrific. The fires are now extinguished.

Yellow Vest Protests

Protestors have taken the streets of France, mainly over Macron’s globalist policy.

The European Union has sent forces to disperse the protests, but it hasn’t been working. The protestors are looking like they will be sticking it out well into the new year.

Macron is not making anything better and is not working towards any type of compromise. The rhetoric has shifted from “protest” to “revolution,” which should be rather alarming for everyone in the world.

Who knows how it will turn out, I hope the people of France win in a safe and non-violent manner.

Now lets shift to some positive things 2018 gave us:

North Korea is Denuclearizing

Progress has finally been made in regards to North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons test. In fact, its been over a year since they even launched a missile.

This is pretty great. Loosening restrictions on business and allowing for more press opportunities have also been taking place.

North Korea and South Korea even held a symbolic ceremony linking railways between the country.

US Becomes Net Exporter of Oil

This was absolutely giant news that didn’t pick up enough coverage. For the first time in decades, the United States became an exporter of oil.

A moment that was declared a major win in the fight for energy independence in America.

American oil production boomed due to advancing technologies in shale-extraction. Reports say that we will likely remain a small importer of oil. However, this is a giant step in the right direction.

Troops Are Leaving Syria

President Trump has announced that he is pulling out the US military from Syria. Pulling out of what could be another never-ending war in the Middle East is a good thing. No matter how the media spins it.

The withdrawal of 2,000 troops could take a couple months. That is not long compared to the last 17 years we have spent in Afghanistan and Iraq.

It also shows the state of ISIS, which has been almost wiped out. An NBC fact check on the president has proved him to be right. Almost all of the territories previously held by ISIS have been liberated.

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