Following are the ten runners up, and the winner of the highly coveted LarryNaselli.com 2003 Man of the Year Award. The runners up are listed in no particular order.
The Runners Up:
Tony Blair - It had appeared that the last trace of Churchill's Britain had vanished with the retirement of Lady Thatcher -- not so. Tony Blair, defying his own Labor Party and his own image as a Clinton-style "third-way" politician, was truly courageous and eloquent (anything said with an English accent sounds eloquent, but Blair actually was!) in his support of the U.S. war to liberate Iraq, in particular, and the War on Terrorism generally. It may yet cost him his job to have done the right thing, but Blair's bracing of himself and standing to his duty was England's finest hour in a generation.
Arnold Schwarzenegger - For bursting upon the political scene to confound the ruling elites, by capturing the Governorship of the Nation's largest State, in the most significant "throw the bums out" election since 1994.
Saddam Hussein - The craven surrender of Saddam to Fourth Infantry Division GI's, who cornered the former dictator hiding in a spider hole, was the best war news since the overthrow of Hussein's despotic rule, yet the Western Media did not exhibit their usual exultation at the bringing low of the high and mighty when Saddam was at last rounded up. Although this monster certainly dominated headlines in 2003, Saddam lost his chance to be man of the year by choosing discretion over his own frequently offered exhortations to Iraqis to fight the Americans to the death.
The Suicide Bomber - These followers of that "Religion of Peace" grabbed plenty of headlines during 2003. Fortunately, the most virulent strain among them lost a major source of funding, when the United States brought long-overdue regime change to Iraq, thus drying up Saddam's subsidies to the families of Palestinian suicide terrorists.
The calculated mass slaughter of innocents is a crime so heinous that no civilized human being could approve it, which explains why Palestinian suicide bombers enjoy such high regard among the elites of Hollywood and Old Europe, and on the "Arab Street."
Judge Roy Moore - For fighting a nearly hopeless, but heroic, rearguard action against judicial tyranny and the subjugation of the States by the Central Government. If America one day recovers Constitutional representative self-government, Roy Moore should be remembered as the "Morning Star" of that revival, who not only recognized the Constitutional issues at stake, but took a courageous and costly stand on principle, so unusual that even his obvious natural allies mostly failed to grasp the point of Moore's defiance.
The American Fighting Man - TIME Magazine made a worthy choice, but mainly because they could not bear to acknowledge either Donald Rumsfeld or George W. Bush as the individual responsible for the most significant world event of 2003, the Liberation of Iraq.
George W. Bush - For dissing the so-called "International Community," i.e. The UN, France, Germany and the Democrat Party, and pursuing the War on Terror despite the treacherous interference of all of the above.
Donald Rumsfeld - The Secretary of War defied the experts with his Iraq invasion strategy, and achieved one of the signal military conquests of modern history.
The Queer - Speaking of signal conquests, the advances achieved by radical homosexuals during 2003 are stunning in their scope and depth. These gains have been made at the expense of America's moral fabric and of representative government. 2003 was a extraordinary year for homosexual activists to force their agenda forward, in spite of the will of The People, and their most effective weapon in so doing was my next runner up.
The Activist Judge - Judicial Activism flourished during 2003, in a raw exercise of power that calls to mind Lincoln's warning that if the Court can throw out the laws passed by The People's elected representatives, The People are not their own rulers.
Sodomy, Affirmative Action, Terrorists, The Pledge of Allegiance, Enemy Captives, Free Speech in Election Campaigns, Voting Machines and The Ten Commandments were prominent among the subjects on which Activist Judges rendered outrageous decisions, based on various combinations of bad constitutional law, their own opinions and foreign Constitutions. It was a dark year for the American Experiment in representative self-government, thanks to the domination of The Activist Judge.
And my choice for MAN OF THE YEAR 2003 is:
Howard Dean - The man who is likely to carry the Democrat Party to oblivion. I love this guy!
For forty years, the only effective strategy Democrats have found for winning the Presidency has been for their candidate to trick the electorate into believing he is some variety of Conservative/Moderate/Centrist. Whenever the Democrat has openly confessed to Liberalism, he has gone down in flames, usually with considerable collateral damage in Congress, Governorships and State Legislatures. Howard Dean is not only an unreconstructed Leftist, like Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, but like big-time losers Michael Dukakis, Walter Mondale and George McGovern, Dean makes no serious effort to conceal it.
Dean has been a dominant figure in the news of 2003, and he is the embodiment of a movement that promises to be one of the most significant of this century, namely the movement of the once-great Democrat Party over the Left-most precipice of American Politics. Years from now we may look back on the nomination of Howard Dean as the crisis point in a seismic political re-alignment.
In honor of my Man of the Year, I herewith re-post a poem I composed when Dr. Dean claimed that he supports our troops more than President Bush does, which prompted me to throw my support to Howard Dean:
I'm supporting Howard Dean in his run for President
I'm behind his no-good candidacy one-hundred percent
Oh, I'd never send him money, plant a sign or knock on doors,
But I'm standing right beside the candidate you may be sure.
Well, I'll say and do just anything to see that Howard flops
And I'll vote against him cause I know that Howard must be stopped
But I truly do support him, yes I look on him with pride
And although I wish him failure, I still stand by Howard's side
No, I haven't got a single thing to say about him good
But I pray for Howard Dean and I support him as I should
Yes, I know you'll think I spoof or my endorsement is an "oops"
But I am supporting Dean the same way Dean supports our troops