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Rodricks: Eager to say farewell to the worst year of the century

Rodricks: Eager to say farewell to the worst year of the century

Has there been a worse year than 2017? I don’t think so. Not in recent memory. Getting to a year as cumulatively bad as this one requires a half-century reach, back to 1968, the deadliest 12 months of the Vietnam War and, at home, a miserable year of assassinations, racial tension and riots, protests and political turmoil.

At least 1968 had a “big save” at the end, when the three Apollo 8 astronauts orbited the moon, sent back the first-ever pictures of “Earthrise,” and, on Christmas Eve, took turns reading from the Book of Genesis. Americans sighed. Americans cried.

Perhaps something wonderful will fly out of the dark side of the moon and save 2017. Perhaps it was the...

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