Most Appropriate Nominees for “Person of the Year”

Although in a unique context, December 2021 features family reunions, resolutions for 2022, and all kinds of rewards. Here are three nominees for Person of the Year, selected for their efforts to address the existential crises we face: the pandemic, global warming, and threats to American democracy.

1) A world-renowned epidemiologist specializing in the regulation of human immune responses, Dr Anthony FauciAnthony Fauci Sunday Show Preview: Omicron Soars, Harris Sits Down For In-Depth Interview Fauci Says It’s ‘Too Premature’ To Discuss Fourth Dose Of COVID-19 Vaccine Over 3,000 Canceled Flights in the world due to staffing problems of PLUS airlines has been director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, under seven presidents. Fauci’s portfolio at NIAID includes the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of established and emerging infectious diseases. He was one of the main architects of President George W. Bush’s emergency plan to fight AIDS, credited with saving millions of lives around the world.

A leading member of President TrumpDonald Trump Biden could face mid-term review of Supreme Court reform Joe Manchin, the Grinch Trump climate spokesperson who is suing the Jan. 6 panel, says he is cooperating with the investigation MORECoronavirus task force, Fauci admits to having made mistakes. In the winter of 2020, for example, when relatively little was known about the spread of COVID-19, Fauci indicated that most Americans did not need to wear masks. But his main challenge was to balance the recommendations that followed science with the public statements of Trump, who said the virus would go away, “like a miracle,” with hot weather; mocking masking; asserted that the United States was performing too many tests; asserted that “natural immunity” offers better protection than vaccines; considered hydroxychloroquine to be a “game changer”; and told opponents of the mitigation mandates to “liberate Michigan.”

In 2020 and 2021, when it became President BidenShow preview Joe BidenSunday: Omicron soars and Harris sits down for in-depth interview Democrats like what they saw in Harris-Charlamagne God trades Biden policies are not very merry MOREchief advisor of the pandemic, Fauci, who has never supported a political candidate, has been the subject of vitriolic denunciations from opponents of his common sense, saving recommendations. Govt. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantis5 Quotes from Trump indicating he will run in 2024 Aiming at critical race theory, Ron DeSantis takes the lead in the conservative movement History shows that only new voting rights law can preserve our fragile democracy MORE (R-Fla.), Whose state requires schoolchildren to be vaccinated against many diseases, blasted a “faucian dystopia” in which Americans cannot decide how to protect themselves in a pandemic. US senator Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard Paul. (R-Ky.) Proclaimed that Fauci should be jailed for five years for lying to Congress and firing because “he claimed people’s lives through disinformation.” Death threats force Fauci and his family to be followed by security agents. This week, Fox news host Jesse wattersJesse WattersFauci on Fox’s Jesse Watters: He ‘Should Be Fired Immediately’ Tucker Carlson Mocks Buttigieg Over Paternity Leave Fox News Signs Book Deal With HarperCollins MORE told students at a conservative lecture that a video in which Fauci was ambushed with “death blow” and “Boom, he’s dead” questions was sure to go viral.

At 80 years old, Fauci continues: “You train as an infectious disease specialist and you are involved in public health like I am, if there is one challenge that you cannot give up, it is the pandemic. most impactful in 102 years. ”

2) Founded 25 years ago, the Clean Air Task Force is a modern day David who takes on the Goliaths and politicians at fossil fuel companies who receive campaign contributions. Receiving a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the task force was recently named the most effective, cost-effective and evidence-based climate change organization. The task force has helped put in place policies that dramatically reduce emissions that cause smog, soot and mercury; that improve, remove and replace diesel engines causing illness and premature death; which require utilities in a few states to provide carbon-free electricity by 2050; and that reduce methane emissions from oil and gas equipment.

Current initiatives of the Clean Air Task Force include: scaling up carbon capture and storage through government grants for private sector programs; defend the regulations on coal-fired power plants and oil and gas emissions against attempts to get federal agencies and courts to dilute or replace them. The Working Group is also committed to a rigorous assessment of nuclear energy as an alternative form of energy.

About 60% of Americans say it is “very” or “extremely” important for the government to address global warming. An even higher percentage want tighter restrictions on carbon emissions from power plants. But very few Americans make climate change legislation one of their top priorities.

The clock is turning.

Much more needs to be done. So the Clean Air Task Force and other non-partisan, non-profit environmental organizations with small budgets and small staff continue to fight on behalf of future generations.

3) Rep. Liz cheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyPhotos of the Year A federal judge rules against Oath Keepers, upholding the felony charge. Kinzinger says Jan.6 panel examines whether Trump acted criminally MORE (R-Wyo.) Is a conservative Republican. She voted with President Trump 92.9% of the time, more often than Jim jordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanSunday Show preview: Omicron soars, Harris sits down for in-depth interview (R-Ohio), Paul GosarPaul Anthony Gosar Jan. Panel 6 looks to sit down with Jim Jordan Focus on Perry could mean more subpoenas, challenges for Jan. 6 panel Juan Williams: McCarthy’s inaction is a disgrace MORE (R-Arizona), Matt gaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGreene, GOP colleagues are calling for the sacking of a DC Corrections official who “despises” Trump and his supporters. (R-Fla.), And Élise StefanikElise Marie Stefanik Photos of the Year Brian Williams Says Biggest Concern Is “For My Country” In MSNBC Final Approval Republicans Consider Gains With Women Voters After Virginia Rout MORE (RN.Y.). Cheney said impeaching Trump for blocking arms shipments until Ukraine announces an investigation into Hunter Biden “would hurt our Republic.” She voted against President Biden’s US bailout, voting rights legislation, gun background checks and reauthorizing the violence against women law.

But she voted to impeach Trump in January 2021 and warned fellow Republicans that “Staying silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar.”

“Almost all of you know in your heart that what happened on January 6 was deeply wrong,” Cheney added. “You know there is no evidence of widespread fraud sufficient to overturn the election; that the Dominion’s voting machines were not corrupted by a foreign power. You know these claims are wrong.

Republicans removed Cheney from his leadership position in the United States House of Representatives. The Wyoming Republican Party formally censored it. Officials in a third of the state’s counties no longer recognize her as a Republican. And she faces an uphill battle for her re-election to the House in 2022.

Cheney remains steadfast and undeterred.

By choosing his Person of the Year, Time magazine says he’s looking for someone who “most affected the news and our lives, for better or worse, and who embodied what was important for the year.”

These days, it seems to me, we should salute a person or group who inspires us to follow science, pursue a career in public service, choose principles over parties, speak the truth in power, protect and preserve our democracy and our planet.

Glenn C. Altschuler is the Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies at Cornell University. He is the co-author (with Stuart Blumin) of “Rude Republic: Americans and Their Politics in the Nineteenth Century.

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