"Person of the Year: Edie Windsor"
Who are the five people who dominated the news and for good or bad changed the world. Here are my selections for the "Five People Of The Year"
1. Edie Windsor
The world changed because one brave woman stood up and said, "Oh no you don't'. The DOMA case was the tipping point in the battle for marriage equality. With the Supreme Court decision a number of new states passed marriage equality laws. Ms. Windsor has come to symbolize the battle for full equality and if the LGBT community has a 'Rosa Park's' it would be her. Windsor has become the face of victory for LGBT citizens around the world and reminded us all that one person with courage makes a majority.
2. Pope Francis
Within a very short time span, Pope Francis has changed the course of the Catholic Church. Putting social issues on the back burner he is demanding that the world take care of its poor and needy. The humble Pope is a breath of fresh air and could return the Catholic Church to its days of liberation theology.
3. President Vladimir Putin
Just the opposite of Pope Francis, he is changing the world in a negative sense. The President has systematically stripped Russians of their human rights. The violence generated by 'Putin's Punk's' against LGBT Russians has brought outrage from leaders around the world. Putin's polices has prolonged the Syrian Civil War where over 100,000 Syrians have perished in the violence. The imprisonment of his opposition, the closing day of a free press and rekindling Russia's expansionist policies all leave the world cringing at his leadership.
4. President Barack Obama
The first year after his Presidency has been a tough year for the President with an intransigent House, the government shut down, glitches in the launch of Obamacare and the revealing of spying both domestic and international. Through it all, the President has held a steady course and continue to make progress in a number of areas.
The world has watched in horror as organized poaching games on the verge of making rhinos, elephants and perhaps lions extinct. It seems as if all the world's wildlife this year became endangered either by poaching or corporations stripping habitat for lumber, mining and other resources. Can we still save our wildlife will be one of the big questions in the next year.