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The Biggest Winners of 2018

The Biggest Winners of 2018
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As 2018 is in the books, it’s time to name the year’s biggest winners. Here’s who came out on top:

Eagles: Before their 2018 Super Bowl victory, the last time the Eagles won a championship, Eisenhower was president, no Americans had flown in space, and many houses still didn’t have television.

Football in Philadelphia is perhaps the one thing that unifies everyone. “Race” wasn’t skin color, but the how fast the Eagles ran to the end zone. And “conservative” wasn’t a political term, but the nonexistent philosophy for Coach Doug Pederson, whose aggressiveness was the kind of guts normally found only in movies.

In 2018, the Birds truly soared.

CHOP Ad Campaign: The world-renowned Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is running an ad campaign seeking donations to fund research. The commercial shows children, many battling unimaginable illnesses, drawing pictures and talking about what “they can’t wait” to do during the holidays: bake cookies with nana, open presents, see snow and twinkling lights. They can’t wait for Christmas morning, and to be with family and friends. Most heart-tugging of all, they can’t wait to go home.

But some never will. For them, CHOP is the last home they’ll ever know.

The point is that “Breakthroughs can’t wait, either.”

It’s easy to call the pharmaceutical and bio-tech industries “the evil empire,” but, truth is, employees working for those companies are responsible for saving more lives than any other people in world history. The system isn’t perfect, but there isn’t a single person in America whose life hasn’t been saved, lengthened or improved by medications developed by these companies. And thank God we have miracle workers like the doctors and nurses at CHOP to administer them, and, infinitely more important, to provide hope.

During the holidays, we often get caught up in our own lives, while forgetting about those who truly have “bad days.” To the brave young warriors staring death in the face, it would be a dream to be stuck in traffic, stand in a long line with an armful of presents, curse the Christmas lights, and complain about too many holiday parties.

It’s tragic when anyone dies, but unfathomable when parents have to bury a child. So let’s try to remember those who are in most need of a Christmas miracle. Here’s the ad. Merry Christmas, kids!

Nancy Pelosi: Love or hate her, Pelosi is the consummate politician. She runs a tight ship, and keeps the Democratic caucus in line by demanding. After shepherding Obamacare through congress, she was out in the cold for eight years, but now she’s back, poised to once again become Speaker. Despite Republican domination over those eight years, Obamacare remains in place, giving Pelosi, ironically, the best of both worlds. She’ll waste no time picking up where she left off — ensuring that President Trump’s Twitter account will be in overdrive in 2019.

Brett Kavanaugh: The newest Supreme Court justice endured the most bruising confirmation hearing in history, lowering the bar of acceptable senatorial behavior for the next nominee.

His confirmation reaffirmed that “innocent until proven guilty” still matters, and that the burden of proof should always fall on an accuser, since the reverse is the realm of banana republics and dictatorships.

But be warned. As the Left continues “mainstreaming” the idea that baseless allegations trump the presumption of innocence and the rule of law, watch for such intolerances to increase.

Energy Independence: The United States is now the world’s leading oil producer, having overtaken Saudi Arabia and Russia for the first time since 1973. This milestone has far-reaching impacts on America’s physical and economic security. America can finally extricate itself from that quagmire called the Middle East. Low prices for gasoline and jet fuel are a boon to families and commerce. And with the world’s cheapest energy, America’s once-moribund manufacturing base will be revitalized, creating millions of good-paying jobs. Took a while to drill those concepts into Congress’ head, but energy independence is here to stay. What a gas.

Political Correctness and Intolerance: An annual winner, PC has shown an incredible ability to not just persevere, but thrive, thanks to people not demanding an end to the insanity. 

There are the crazy elementary school suspensions, ridiculous workplace rules, and educators banning tag and ballplaying. Schools allow students to keep taking tests until they “achieve” the desired grade. Scoreboards are turned off when a team is down, everyone gets a trophy, “Merry Christmas” is offensive, and candy canes are banned. Mascots are labeled “bigoted,” Columbus Day is increasingly shunned, comedians are run off college campuses, teachers are fired for thanking students for saying the Pledge of Allegiance, and yes, an elite university asked a fraternity to take down the American flag, because it could be viewed as “offensive, intimidating, aggressive or alienating.”

Too many have become unwilling to take on the small but vocal PC police who erode the freedoms so many died to protect. Losing rights forcibly is bad enough, but voluntarily giving them away is inexcusable.  Here’s hoping political correctness doesn’t make next year’s Winners list.

Look for the “Year’s Biggest Losers” next.

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris FreindClick Here Now.

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As 2018 is in the books, it’s time to name the year’s biggest winners.
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