It’s time, once again, for New Year’s resolutions.
I think it’s a great idea.
Every year at this time, I like to think about goals and objectives for the year ahead. It’s a very healthy activity.
Because without goals, we just don’t achieve our objectives.
If we don’t know where we’re going, how can we expect to get there?
I recommend the practice. Give it some thought. Take it seriously. Reflect often on the resolutions you choose.
And if you are contemplating making some New Year’s resolutions, let me give you some advice.
Start by trying to remember what you resolved last year.
Most people make the mistake of not writing down their resolutions.
I not only write them down, I publish them publicly – right here. That way I have peer pressure working in my favor. I hear about my resolutions all year long from readers. Try it on your own blog or personal webpage. Then refer back occasionally to your goals and objectives for the year so you take them seriously.
It’s especially important to look back at what you vowed to do last year as a matter of accountability.
If you’re not going to measure your progress and hold yourself accountable, you might as well not even bother with New Year’s resolutions.
Before I get to my 2012 resolutions, here are some of my resolutions from previous years:
- In 2005, I first resolved to do everything in my power to destroy the American Civil Liberties Union. I repeated that vow every year since. I did so because the ACLU is a genuinely evil organization set on a course of repressing our God-given rights, not preserving them. Sadly, the ACLU is still alive and kicking. But I am not giving up the fight. It’s not a one-year fight, nor is it a one-man fight. Will you join me in the coming year in a campaign to destroy this organization before it hurts one more Boy Scout doing his duty, before it hurts one more innocent child praying before eating his school lunch, before it hurts one more graduate who wants to acknowledge God in a commencement address? For heaven’s sake!
- In 2006, I pledged to do my best to chase the United Nations from the United States and vice versa. Again, we didn’t get there, but these things take time. The world would be a better place if the United Nations were gone. I would suggest the replacement would be sovereign nations working in their own best interest and the best interests of their people. What a concept, huh? So this one remains on the list for 2012.
- In 2007, I vowed to persuade U.S. officials to begin enforcing immigration laws. We’re still waiting. But the Obamanomics have destroyed so many jobs in America that fewer are trying to enter the country illegally. Still, the problem remains and will be with us for many years to come.
- In 2008, I resolved to take a campaign issue that was swept under the rug by the media and political establishments and make it one of the biggest controversies in the country. That was the question of Obama’s eligibility. On this one, we succeeded. Through the relentless reporting of the WND team and especially Jerome Corsi, earlier this year we actually forced Obama to release a birth certificate Hawaii officials had formerly said didn’t exist. The document’s authenticity has been questioned by dozens of experts and was pulled like a rabbit out of a hat just as Corsi’s “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” book hit No. 1 on the best-sellers list.
- In 2009, I resolved to work toward reawakening the country to God and the biblical principles that made America great. Did we make some progress in this area? I think so. But there’s much more to do.
- In 2010 and 2011, I vowed that Obama would not be able to make a campaign stop in 2012 without facing signs that read, “Where’s the birth certificate?” I need to amend that one for 2012. The signs will have to say, “Where’s the real birth certificate?” And, yes, we have yard signs, bumper stickers and billboards available if you’d like to join the cause.
What else am I resolving for 2012?
Yes, I want to exercise more and eat better. Sure I should stop smoking those cigars. But I’m focused like a laser beam on two promises:
- To make WND the fastest-growing news agency in America within the next 12 months – dazzling the citizenry with old-fashioned investigative reporting into government corruption, fraud, waste and abuse, while afflicting the comfortable and comforting the afflicted. It will be a recommitment to the central role of a free press in a free society – to serve as a watchdog on government and other powerful institutions.
- To humble myself in prayer before the One True God, beseeching Him for deliverance from the evil all around us in this fallen world and praying that our own nation would fall on its knees in repentance for our sins.
I hope you will be praying with me this new year.