Another year, gone.

And as we ring in 2009 amidst global financial turmoil and the coming transition of power, here are the Right Side’s top five stories of 2008.

5. Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin

The little-known Alaska governor rallied the conservative base and infuriated the left after being selected by John McCain to run on the Republican ticket in the presidential campaign. Her intelligent yet disarming way sparked a conservative surge in election polls in September but was extinguished by the financial meltdown and in the end was not enough to carry the Republican ticket to victory. Palin did, however, establish herself as a national conservative leader and put her name on a short list of future prospects for the party’s presidential nomination. Love her or hate her, everybody at some point in the last few months has talked about her.

4. Russia invades Georgia



While this one might have flown under the radar in the U.S. it marked a decisive move by Russia to assert itself in the international spotlight and gave the U.S. a brief glimpse of their lack of concern about U.S.-Russian relations. Despite media reports to the contrary, the invasion was perpetuated by oil and Russia’s attempt to stifle economic growth and power in the breakaway nation. Couple the five-day assault with the assertion that President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will trade places in 2009 and new talks between Russia and China and all of a sudden a cold wind appears to be blowing in from the former Soviet Union.

3. Oil prices surge, plunge

Gas prices fluctuated in 2008

Gas prices fluctuated in 2008

Barrels of crude reached $150 a pop early in 2008 but plunged to a low of $33 per barrel shortly before the year’s end. Average gas prices nationally dropped from close to $4 a gallon to under $2. While prices tumble at the pump, the economy has continued to slow and the consumer market remains trending downward. 

2. Global financial crisis

the global economy faltered in 2008

the global economy faltered in 2008

When the credit bubble finally burst, it somehow caught the nation’s decision makers off guard despite continued warning signs in the global market and plunged the world into the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. To make matters worse, the financial turmoil has invigorated a new generation of “New Dealers” promising hollow change and government-constructed solutions for the financial meltdown. Now trillions are being printed for bogus stimulus packages and the creation of more bureaucracy to further stifle the market’s natural tendency to correct itself. Republicans and Democrats are both to blame.

Obama wins presidency

President-elect Barack H. Obama

President-elect Barack H. Obama

The U.S. elected its first black president in November following an election season that seemed to drag on for a lifetime with battles raging between Obama and Hilary Clinton and then later between Obama and John McCain. Riding an undercurrent of disgust for the Republican Party and the vapid promise of change, Obama captured the idealists with vast promises across the board and relied less on his methods to deliver such change than his smooth delivery of the idea. Regardless my opinions of the incoming president, the story dominated the headlines in 2008 and his administration is sure to dominate them in 2009.

The two most underappreciated stories of 2008 were the successful surge in Iraq and the continued debunking of global warming. The troops have pushed back insurgents and continued to help establish a free Iraq. Deaths are on the decline and stability is on the rise. But, I’m sure you won’t here that too many places. You also won’t hear that cooler temperatures blanketed much of the globe and enviro-fanatics slowly and methodically changed their cry from global warming to climate change, a seemingly insignificant shift, but one that I have never disputed. Climates do change. It is in their nature. I am still baffled by the liberal belief that we, as humans, are so important to the grand scope of the earth that we are single-handedly causing the slow destruction of the planet through our evil ways. That takes secular humanism to a whole new level. What power they think they wield.

Those are the top stories of 2008, according to the Right Side.

Oh, and one last thing. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to try to post on the Right Side at least three times a week. Thanks to all of you who have helped make the Right Side a success.


1 Response to “2008”

  1. 1 WonderWoman
    January 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    You’re absolutely right, you won’t hear how the War in Iraq is practically over.
    Something that SHOULD be celebrated! The only place I’ve heard it mentioned was on the conservative radio stations I tune in to.

    Another story I think could have easily made your top 5 (or top 10 at least) is how the media pretty much rolled over and died this year. Maybe the allegiance to your profession kept you from discussing this. But honestly, the main-stream media especially did not “fire” any hard questions Obama’s way during the whole campaign. I may sound like a broken record here, but everything negative about him was chuckled off or swept under the carpet. Poor Palin was held more accountable for her wardrobe than Obama was about his “scandalous” connections or his REAL place of birth. In a twist, one could applaud the media for not pretending to be unbiased.

    I watched the ball drop and the big 2009 light up and I didn’t feel hopeful, not even a little bit, not at all. I thought: Hey, if all else fails and the country is destroyed, at least we elected the first “black” President, cause really, that’s all that seemed to matter this latter part of the year.

    woo hoo for 2009.

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