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MY Person of the Year By Rich Galen ^ | December 21, 2007 | Rich Galen

Posted on 12/21/2007 12:16:39 PM PST by K-oneTexas

MY Person of the Year By Rich Galen Friday, December 21, 2007

As we move into the fading days of 2007, every organization will be proclaiming their ____ of the year.

The Associated Press will have its Top Ten Stories of the year. ESPN will have its Top Ten Sports Highlights. There is even a site which has the Top Ten Astronomy Photos of the year.

Time Magazine used to make a big deal about its "Man of the Year." Political correctness overtook Time and they changed it to the "Person of the Year" although it is not clear to me why they couldn't name it "Man" or "Woman" of the Year depending upon the gender of the … person, but that's just me.

This year Time Magazine has chosen Vladimir Putin as its Crypto-Communist-Dictator of the Year.

The Time editors make the point that the "Person of the Year" is not a prize nor an endorsement. They state they chose Putin because; [H]e has performed an extraordinary feat of leadership in imposing stability on a nation that has rarely known it and brought Russia back to the table of world power.

The title of the section in which the editors explain their selection is: "Choosing Order Before Freedom"

"Stability" is the battle cry of despots and the siren song of lost liberty.

It may well be that Russians don't want freedom or liberty. Living under the rule of Tsars starting with Ivan the Terrible in 1547, only to see them replaced by the benignly named but similarly empowered "Party Secretaries" for the better part of the 20th century, Russians have breathed the air of freedom for a bare matter of months.

Vladimir Putin took control of a country which had descended into a medieval structure of competing mafia-style warlords in armored Mercedes Benz' who had seized control of the levers of political, cultural, and economic power.

In the ensuing eight years Putin (who has a law degree and a Ph.D. in economics) used many of the same techniques to consolidate power in the office of the President offering Russians the societal warmth of centralized "stability" in trade for the cold, harsh realities of individual freedom.

Inasmuch as I am blessed to live in the United States of America where freedom and stability are the regular order of our existence, it is too easy for me to reproach those who would trade one for the other.

But, in setting an example of the value of stability at the price of freedom in Russia, Vladimir Putin is drawing a blue-print for other dictators-in-waiting around the world to make the same case to their people.

Freedom, not stability has been the yardstick of civilization's evolution.

Who is my choice for "Person of the Year?"

General David Patraeus.

At its broadest, General Patraeus (whom I first met when he was the Division Commander of the 101st Airborne in Iraq) is proving to Iraqis that they need not make a pact with the devil to trade their freedom for stability.

He is helping Iraqis understand that waiting for freedom to be imposed upon them from Baghdad has led to the instability of the past five years has been the wrong approach.

That allowing tribal, provincial and even religious leaders to apportion power and assume the responsibilities of political leadership is leading to the people in town after town, city after city, and province after province to freely govern themselves in peaceful stability.

Perhaps the Iraqis were finding their way to this bottom-up solution on their own. But General David Patraeus appears to have helped clear the road to freedom in Iraq as no previous commander has been able to do.

For helping Iraqis turn the corner onto the road leading to their own future, General David Patraeus is the MULLINGS "Person of the Year."

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. He currently is a senior adviser to Fred Thompson's presidential campaign and writes at

TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2007review; iraq; manoftheyear; patraeus
Who needs 'TIME' magazine!
1 posted on 12/21/2007 12:16:40 PM PST by K-oneTexas
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To: K-oneTexas

I heartily agree with his choice for person of the year!

Time magazine is a joke. A very bad joke.

2 posted on 12/21/2007 1:10:43 PM PST by Theresawithanh (This is my tagline. FRED!!!!!!)
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To: K-oneTexas
I agree - General David Petraeus IS the MAN OF THE YEAR.

Victory and peace are now a visible light at the end of the tunnel and he has had so much to do with that.

3 posted on 12/21/2007 1:50:02 PM PST by Allegra (HOME for the Holidays! Merry Christmas to my "family" back in Iraq.)
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To: K-oneTexas

I think dentists are the only people who buy Time magazine.

4 posted on 12/21/2007 1:52:42 PM PST by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: the_devils_advocate_666
A look back:


The Man of the Year Winners

1927 Charles Augustus Lindbergh
1928 Walter P. Chrysler
1929 Owen D. Young
1930 Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
1931 Pierre Laval
1932 Franklin Delano Roosevelt
1933 Hugh Samuel Johnson
1934 Franklin Delano Roosevelt
1935 Haile Selassie
1936 Mrs. Wallis Warfield Simpson
1937 Generalissimo & Mme Chiang Kai-Shek
1938 Adolf Hitler
1939 Joseph Stalin
1940 Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill
1941 Franklin Delano Roosevelt
1942 Joseph Stalin
1943 George Catlett Marshall
1944 Dwight David Eisenhower
1945 Harry Truman
1946 James F. Byrnes
1947 George Catlett Marshall
1948 Harry Truman
1949 Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill
1950 American Fighting-Man
1951 Mohammed Mossadegh
1952 Elizabeth II
1953 Konrad Adenauer
1954 John Foster Dulles
1955 Harlow Herbert Curtice
1956 Hungarian Freedom Fighter
1957 Nikita Krushchev
1958 Charles De Gaulle
1959 Dwight David Eisenhower
1960 U.S. Scientists
1961 John Fitzgerald Kennedy
1962 Pope John XXIII
1963 Martin Luther King Jr.
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson
1965 General William Childs Westmoreland
1966 Twenty-Five and Under
1967 Lyndon B. Johnson
1968 Astronauts Anders, Borman and Lovell
1969 The Middle Americans
1970 Willy Brandt
1971 Richard Milhous Nixon
1972 Nixon and Kissinger
1973 John J. Sirica
1974 King Faisal
1975 American Women
1976 Jimmy Carter
1977 Anwar Sadat
1978 Teng Hsiao-P'ing
1979 Ayatullah Khomeini
1980 Ronald Reagan
1981 Lech Walesa
1982 The Computer
1983 Ronald Regan & Yuri Andropov
1984 Peter Ueberroth
1985 Deng Xiaoping
1986 Corazon Aquino
1987 Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev
1988 Endangered Earth
1989 Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev
1990 The Two George Bushes
1991 Ted Turner
1992 Bill Clinton
1993 The Peacemakers
1994 Pope John Paul II
1995 Newt Gingrich
1996 Dr. David Ho
1997 Andy Grove
1998 Bill Clinton and Kenneth Starr
1999 Jeff Bezos
2000 George W. Bush
2001 Rudolph Giuliani
2002 The Whistleblowers
2003 The American Soldier
2004 George W. Bush
2005 Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, & Bono
2006 You

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See several authors and articles picking the General over the last few days. Course it doesn't take much to be smarter thaan TIME.

Besides Putin with his 'KGB Connection' IMHO will be brining back the "good old days" with himself as 'Number 1' for life. 

5 posted on 12/22/2007 8:10:48 AM PST by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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