What Happened Before 2016

Most agree that 2016 was not a good year. However, no year comes out of nowhere. I would like to know what happened in years prior to 2016 that developed into 2016.

Furthermore, what was so awful about 2016 that we are complaining about? I will try to find my own answer to this question as it is highly personal.

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana

“The world is a perpetual caricature of itself; at every moment it is the mockery and the contradiction of what it is pretending to be.” George Santayana

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.” Kurt Vonnegut

George Santayana Time cover. 01202017
George Santayana Time cover. 01/20/2017