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‘Twas 3 nights before Christmas, and all across the land
Not a creature was stirring, not even a white Amazon van
The stockings were hung, by the chimney with care
With dreams of global harmony, dancing through the air

America faces challenges
They come at home and abroad
Our nation is used to adversity
The key is how we respond

Mother Nature brought devastation
Earthquakes, Hurricanes and fires by the Bay
Crisis can bring out the best in people
Houston showed us the way

China’s President secured his leadership
Xi is the most powerful since Mao
The goal is increased global influence
He is working on it now

Russia tries to disrupt the West
That much we know
What did they do in our election?
We’ll soon hear from Mueller & Co.

18 months after passing
The UK inches towards Brexit
The process is tense and somewhat clumsy
Some Brits are re-thinking the exit

Disney’s Empire Strikes Back this year
The Force is stronger now with Fox
This cord-cutting seems permanent
So is Star Wars success at the Box

Electric cars have made inroads
Tesla started the trend
Google cars drive themselves each day
Will there be an Apple Car in the end?

The Bull Market was in rally mode
It took a while for all investors to join
Some worry there’s another bubble in place
Have you seen Bitcoin?

The World lost Jerry Lewis this year
We lost Tom Petty too
Mary Tyler Moore made her mark on Earth
Special talents matched by few

The American spirit is peerless, time-tested and true
With perseverance and sound leadership, there’s nothing we can’t do
With crisis brings opportunity, history has shown
Success through ingenuity, it’s the fabric of our home

Now, Republicans! Now, Democrats!
Now, Independents and others!
Our nation requires collaboration!
We’re all sisters and brothers!

To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!

By: Mike Frazier

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