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From Cheney to Dobbs, resolutions to swear by

I won't serve on the Nobel Peace Prize jury – and other (mostly tongue-in-cheek) New Year's resolutions.

By John Hughes / December 21, 2009

Provo, Utah

As I ponder the political scene, here are my (sometimes tongue-in-cheek) New Year’s resolutions for 2010.

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1. If asked – and of course there is not the slightest chance I would be – I will not serve on the Nobel Peace Prize jury. I would not be comfortable with a group that has just given the prize to a president who talks the talk, but has not yet walked the walk. 

Goodness, even President George W. Bush achieved more in this area than has President Obama to date. True, there was this little matter of not finding the weapons of mass destruction. But Mr. Bush did rid the world of Saddam Hussein, one of the worst tyrants since Adolf Hitler, plant seeds of democracy in Iraq, and empower millions to vote freely. 

2. I will not vote for Dick Cheney for president if he decides to run. I am sure he loves his wife and dog and family. But his extreme positions on torture and other security measures have accumulated too much baggage. 

No wonder his wife jokes that comparing him to Darth Vader “humanizes” him. What are these people smoking who think he could win?

3. Which reminds me: I will not support these daffy states that support legalization of marijuana “for medical purposes.” 

Years ago I worked on a major investigation of international narcotics traffic. I’ll always remember the words of a US drug enforcement agent: “I can’t say that every marijuana user I knew went on to the hard stuff. But I can say I never busted an addict of the hard stuff who didn’t start on marijuana.”

4. I will not vote for Lou Dobbs for president, if he ends up running. I might agree with some of his positions. But I think that as an anchor he should have covered the news straight, instead of using his nightly newscast as a bully pulpit.

5. Which reminds me, I may drop in on Fox News’s Glenn Beck (on the right) and MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann (on the left) for amusement now and then, but not for information.

I’ll stick with NPR  for radio and CNN for cable TV as reliable electronic purveyors of news.