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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Should auld acquaintence be forgot...

And so we draw to an end of the year 2006, the dawning of 2007 upon us.

A new year, a new start, a new outlook.

A fresh start.

That is how we look upon the dawning of a new year, I think. A chance to wipe the slate clean of old things, to resolve to do things left undone in the year before. A passing of the old, leaving it behind, not necessarily forgotten, but in the past, to be looked upon with memory and retrospect. A chance to make things right again, and to put things back where they belong...

Let us all, Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Conservative, Liberal, et al, look ahead to the new year as a time for working not at odds with each other, but in conjunction and cooperation with each other. Ours IS a great nation, and can be made even more so by taking a moment to reflect upon where we come from, as a people; a people made one nation of many nations. That is our mutual heritage, our mutual destiny AS Americans. Let us make the new year a good one.

Happy New Year everyone!

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp!
And surely I'll be mine!
And we'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

We twa hae run about the braes
And pou'd the gowans fine.
We've wandered mony a weary foot,
Sin' auld lang syne.

We twa hae sported i' the burn,
From morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roared
Sin' auld lang syne.

And ther's a hand, my trusty friend,
And gie's a hand o' thine;
We'll tak' a right good willie-waught,,
For auld lang syne.

-Robert Burns