My nominations for “Person of the Year”

As we get toward the end of the year, we are anticipating the announcement of Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” — ok, maybe not everyone is anticipating, but I am.

This morning as I was driving over for my Saturday morning run (seven miles today), I was listening to Fox and Friends discuss the topic. It seems that there has been a Time Magazine online poll and the winner with 26% was, hmm, Miley Cyrus. She bested Ed Snowden and Senator Ted Cruz.

Now, the Time Magazine editorial board will still be making their selection, but I found the online poll results quite telling of today’s American culture. So as I was running this morning I thought about who would be my recommendation for “Person of the Year.” And running 7 miles gives you a good amount of time to consider many potential candidates.

In the end I came up with a tie: one present-day and one historic.

My present-day winner is Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban on her bus and survived. If there is an impeccable embodiment of courage, conviction, and character it is young Ms. Yousafzai.

Here we are in America in an online poll selecting a young woman lacking in character as “Person of the Year” when an example for all young women is right before our eyes. Malala came up short of winning the Nobel Peace Prize, hence why this award has lost any semblance of honor and distinction in my regard.

I recommend we all read her book, I am Malala. Here are a three of Malala’s memorable quotes:

“I don’t care if I have to sit on the floor at school. All I want is education. And I am not afraid of anyone.”

“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”

“I don’t want revenge on the Taliban, I want education for sons and daughters of the Taliban.”

I have two daughters and pray they possess the level of bravery and steadfast dedication as exemplified by Ms. Yousafzai. Does anyone in America truly believe that Miley Cyrus or even Sandra Fluke are in the same class as this exceptional young woman?

My other candidate for “Person of the Year” is someone from our history who made an incredible impact on the future of America. That person is none other than Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Commander of the 20th Maine Regiment at Gettysburg.

This year was the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, a true turning point in the Civil War, and for our nation. It was Chamberlain’s heroic and courageous stand on day two at Gettysburg on Little Round Top against the pressing Confederate attack led by General John Bell Hood.

The Confederate Army of Northern Virginia had seemingly won the first day of Gettysburg and sought to roll up the Union Army of the Potomac flank which ended with Chamberlain. If successful, there would be nothing standing in their way to turn south and march on Washington DC itself.

General Hood’s forces had been successful in fighting through the treacherous rock formations that would come to be known as “Devil’s Den.” Then they turned their sights tothe high ground occupied by Chamberlain and his understrength regiment.

On that hot July day, with his diminished force, Chamberlain held, but casualties mounted and ammunition ran out. Faced with the ultimate dilemma of combat command leadership, Chamberlain shouted the order which saved the day, “Bayonets!” Even though he was wounded in the leg, Chamberlain led the charge down Little Round Top which saved the day.

Chamberlain went on to lead his men through more engagements and was promoted to General. He was a recipient of the Medal of Honor and was selected to be the honor regiment Commander at the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Courthouse. Chamberlain also went onto become a multiple term Governor of Maine.

In this year of the remembrance of Gettysburg, (which our current president couldn’t seem to remember) I can’t think of anyone more symbolic of the American spirit than Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.

So there you have it America, my co-winners of the “Person of the Year, 2013”– Malala Yousafzai and General, Governor and American hero Joshua L. Chamberlain.

Who would you nominate as your “Person of the Year?”

149 COMMENTS

  1. I nominate YOU SIR !!!! You are a bright shining light in this dismal time in our history. I beg you SIR. Run for the Presidency.We need you and many more like you to lead our beloved country back to righteousness.

  2. Allen B.West for sure. Always honest and unfailing. Since Time is an American Periodical, it should stay that way. Malala is truly a survivor but not American.

  3. My nominee would be Steve Gleason, who’s fighting a more powerful and merciless foe than he ever saw on a football field, and doing it admirably.

  4. All due respect to Col. Chamberlain. i think the person of the year should be someone current, and I cannot think of anyone more deserving than Malala Yousafzai. She has shown more courage than anyone found on that lame list Time magazine posted.

  5. PM Harper of Canada. One of the few leaders who stands up for human rights in the world and a true friend of Israel. Despite Obama’s doing what he can to screw up our economy (Keystone Pipeline to neverneverland), we are doing well under conservative management. 158 Canadian soldiers died in Afghanistan and we are still there training police officers, etc. and will only be leaving in March next year. A family man and a religious man. Hated by the media here.

  6. Sir, I think you have made two very good choices. If I could throw another 2 folks in as alternates it would be Sen.Ted Cruz and yourself.

  7. I think Sarah Palin endours more media and venomous disrespect and yet she just keeps marching on, and fighting back, but not for herself, but fighting back for all of us americans

  8. Malala is more deserving of the award than Obama was. This fine young lady stands for what’s right. She will go far in this world whatever her career choice is.

  9. Chamberlin. This may be the last chance to celebrate this soldier’s amazing maneuver. In my opinion it was the turning point of the entire war.

  10. So Malala doesn’t get the Nobel Peace Prize, and yet they give it to a guy who goes on to brag about how good he’s getting at killing people. Go figure.

  11. You have selected two excellent choices. Malala’s courage is exemplary and Joshua Chamberlain should be a name that would live in the center of our attention although it is seldom acknowledged. I do believe Ted Cruz has made a mark for himself with his bold stand and willingness to receive blame both from the administration, Harry Reid and the Democrats in the Senate and so many in his own party. He has shown courage and character. Frankly, you would not be far from my sight in my choice for person of the year.

  12. Good choices and I am in agreement with others that you, Sir, should be on the list. But alas we all know that the media will promote Miley Cyrus’s “morals” and Obama’s “love” of country before any real heroes. Too bad, America needs good heroes.

  13. I humbly agree with both your choices Colonel West. If the movie depiction was anywhere accurate, my pride rose to knew heights as he called out “Fix…bayonets! Charge!” The young lady you picked—Malala Yousafzai, exemplifies strength of character, commitment and honor. All worthy of the Peace Prize…good choices Colonel!

  14. Great Choices! Historically, I love and admire Benjamin Franklin. He was a writer ((silence dogood), Poor Richards Alminac), scientist, inventor, political influences both in the Continental congress and as Ambassador, Among these things he help establish the fire department, library, hospital, American Philosophical society, and insurance contributionship which all are still in use today. I also believe there is a scholarship fund for low-income kids. Also his last accomplishment was writing the anti-slavery treaties in 1789. He has overcome so much to be one of our founding fathers’ who in my regards was one of the finest men who greatly influenced and helped pen our Constitution.

  15. One “Person of the Year” comes to mind; for his strength of character, unwavering commitment to human rights, exemplary demonstration of leadership, and his skill when communicating a message to the world population, I nominate Benjamin Netanyahu. The Prime Minister of Israel is standing alone on the world stage, America is no longer standing beside Israel, yet, the Prime Minister is courageous.

    • I think I have to echo your choice. Hadn’t put him in the mix; but your assessment/statement really stands out. Actually, he would tie with others, I am sure. But, knowing TIME magazine you can bet they will pick the most outrageous stupid liberal that they can dredge up—for what? Shock value?? Can’t be for courage or heroism! TIME wouldn’t even understand the concept. I for one could care less about who TIME picks. I do care what other good Americans think would be the right choice, such as your opinion. Those are the ones that really matter.

    • Prime Minister Netanyahu, by all means, and let me add President Vladimir Putin (Yes, that Putin, the old KGB guy). Why would an aged Conservative (accent mark on the “e” of the word aged) suggest the consideration of this man. There are three reasons. Firstly, he is aware of Jihad in the Russian Federation and is fighting it. Secondly, he has warned the Western world of its looming demise owing to the machinations of Islam. Thirdly, he has stolen Center Stage from Mullah Obama, has shown the world what a worm he is. As the Arabs would say he has shown Mr. Obama to be zift. Get out you Arabic dictionary or look on line.

  16. I agree with You on Malala but My second choice would be You or Ted Cruz!! It is plain why We are in the troubles We are when Miley Cyrus(Who is nothing but white trash)gets the most votes!!
    Would love to see You run for POTUS!! You are a true Patriot and would have done what Chamberlin did!!

  17. Malala is a young woman of tremendous courage. To endure the brutal attack she did and still display such strenghth is truly admirable. SHE is the right choice.

  18. Excellent choices Colonel, I whole heartedly agree with both. However, I would like to nominate you. I served in the 82nd Airborne back in the 1950s and had several Officers who I admired and would have followed into Hell. From what I have heard about you and discerned from my limited observations of you in the media, I agree with those who are pleading with you to run for President. I would totally support you in that endeavor.

  19. I wish they had a teacher like Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain today, maybe we
    wouldn’t be in the fix that we’re in now. Also sharing in the award would be
    Malala Yousafzai, she is the ideal student we should have today in our
    classrooms.

  20. Can’t argue about Malala,I think Ted Cruz and Rand Paul would tie for my second choices, but MIley Cyrus/??? This is from the same people that vilify Sarah Palin, go figure…

  21. Yes, Malala, courageous and great role model for today’s young people….no way Miley Cyrus, spoilt brat and spoon fed all her life, just another empty useless vessel. Ted Cruz because of his love for his fellow citizens is willing to stand up for their rights and risk his own political career…tremendously courageous fighter.

  22. The Nobel Peace Prize became a joke the day it was awarded to President Obama. Time Magazine mirrors the decay in America. I award that prize to LBJ.

  23. How about all of HUMANITY… as we all are engaged in a battle that will decide our freedom or economic slavery and the resulting impact will be felt through-out the World.

    • Let’s remember the failed attempt to kill Malala Yousafai is indicative of what the Jihadists have planned for us. Not only should we celebrate her, but we must be ever mindful of the intentions of Islam. My vote must go to her.

      • I have no respect for those that claim to be something they are not and that includes those involved in radical islam and those refuse to public discredit radical islam & terrorism. Jihadists of an sort closer approximate rabid animals & are most certainly not part of HUMANITY.

      • Our present government has no intention of curtailing the work of the Jihadists. They got a room at Mohammad’s Happy Nights Motel.

      • You’re right. The US GOV has been hijacked by a group of greedy, corrupt, criminal and/or incompetent mob that is responsible for crimes against The People, Constitution, Nation & All of Humanity…

        BUT, just because a few #dcFRAUDS refuse to pull in the reins that doesn’t mean that the People have to allow this corrupt reign to continue on unchecked & without accountability.

        As the analogous of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address will also prove to be true, with regards to the American population, that a government NOT of the people, NOT by the people,
        NOT for the people, shall SOON perish from the earth…

        For example, more and more people have realized that DC has been allowed to perpetrate one scam after another for far too long but ACA will NOT GET BY and there will be accountability as this ACA SCAM started as a crime from the start… http://99centopen.wordpress.com/aca-illegal-tax-fraud/

  24. As the book closes on Afghanistan, and has been closed on Iraq, perhaps now is the time to pause, reflect, and give thanks to the men and women – in the military and in our intelligence agencies, that keep us safe. Young Ms. Malala is certainly deserving of recognition and we can all hope for her future. And Colonel Chamberlain’s long, distinguished career as military and public servant has been long celebrated. Let’s rejoice that we have young Americans; dusty, worn and tired, but willing to still give that last full measure of devotion.

    But that’s just my two cents.

  25. Chamberlain has long been one of my heroes, though I am the descendant of many Confederates. As stated by Stoned_Conservative below, the man had moral courage, but he also displayed physical courage which you’d be hard pressed to find more than once or twice in a generation. (Unless you add the US armed forces into the mix, when uncommon courage becomes commonplace.)

    If you want a good read about courage, commitment and what we now call PTSD, read “In the Hands of Providence: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the American Civil War.” It’s a fine biography of an amazing man.

  26. As for Malala, I now consider the Nobel Peace Prize in the same category as the “participation” prizes given to children, name, meaningless. If anyone exemplifies the original aims of the Nobel Committee, Malala is it.

  27. I vote for Ms. Malala Yousafai. Please, Malala, ditch the head scarf it is a sign of Servitude. If you wear it to cover your head wound, then okay.

  28. In God’s name, did we ever think we would elect an enemy to the very constituition that protects our rights and our freedom’s.??? Its time to fix bayonets!!!… Beware of voter fraud, it will not matter a bit how many of us are in the majority if it can be wiped out with the single flip of the switch.

  29. Hear! Hear! Colonel West,

    I completely agree with your choices.

    Ms. Yousafai should be held as an inspiration to young women throughout the world.

    And General Chamberlain has always been one of my personal heroes.

    • While I will agree on Ms. Yousafai, as an inspiration to young women I will have to throw someone else into that ring whom I admired during the Civil War and that would be Col. John Singleton Mosby (The Gray Ghost) a cavalry officer and a expert at guerrilla warfare.

  30. 1LT Clint Lorance of the 82nd Airborne US Army who sits in a Leavenworth cell for keeping his men safe, fighting the enemy with messed up ROEs, and screwed up intelligence,.. and REMFs passing judgements.
    How our country got this messed up with folks thinking Miley Cyrus is person of the year, is beyond me.

    • I haven’t heard of anything regarding Lieutenant Lorance.

      Might you have a link or source so I can get caught up?

      Thanks.

  31. the Pakistani girl seems a good choice. I do not agree with the second as, although it is the remembrance of something from 150 years ago, to honor someone as a “person of the year”, that is from another time just seems ludicrous in my opinion. no more ludicrous than Miley Cyrus, but for awhile now, the acknowledgement has not been for a “positive” influence, just for someone that seems to get attention. even though Miley Cyrus has had nothing that I would deem positive attention, she is a master at getting herself in the news. it is a sad, sad commentary of our world and our society, but it is what it is. do I agree with it? in no way, shape, or form. I’m thinking she is good example of why GOD made Duct Tape – she is a goof, and an embarrassment to. I think the entire concept of awarding people for acting the fool is flawed anyway. awards such as “person of the year” should disqualify anyone that puts themselves in the news, but for those that get recognition for something they really had no intention of promoting. with that criteria, I would think this guy that just died and left millions to charity may be a good choice. I would say Scott Walker for sticking to his ideals and not wavering because of public outcry would be a good choice, or Paul Ryan for coming up with workable solutions to Washington’s ills, but being public figures, I disqualify them. it is all kind of arbitrary, and really kind of silly – especially when we all see who they do choose, since the reaction is generally, “seriously?”

  32. I agree with both
    of these nominations because of the character of both. I however lean toward
    Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. There is an argument to be made that what
    Colonel Chamberlin did that day may have prevented the troops of Hood from
    turning the line and flanking the main union line on the second day of the
    battle. If the 20th Maine had not held that battle could have been a disaster
    for the union. Chamberlin’s troops had already turned back two previous attacks
    and had well and truly decimated, ammunition was very low, and Col. Chamberlin
    was not what you would call battle hardened. This Bowden College professor
    roused his troops and shouted “Bayonets”, then swung his battalion from left to
    right and surprised the men from the 15th and 47th
    Alabama and swept them down the hill. But
    you can not forget the men of the 20th Maine and the 120 men from
    the 2nd Maine that joined their number. You must remember the idea
    for the forward advance of the colors came from Lieutenant
    Melcher, or that Captain Spear had to start the movement on the 20th’s
    left side for it all to work, or Sergeant Tozier’s keeping the center of the
    line from sagging! All of the men of the
    20th Main stood up and were counted that day. They came as close to saving this country as
    any small unit in history. So nominate
    them as well!!

  33. Between the two I vote for the Pakistani girl. The Military man was given his recognition when promoted to General. The only award Miley deserves is “biggest and nastiest spectical ever”.

  34. I think your assessment is spot on!

    Of all the men who fought, and died in, not only that battle, but that deadly year, Chamberlain Was the man.

    If you’re unfamiliar with that battle, I highly recommend you watch ken Burns history of the civil war. It is brilliantly done. it’s both educational, and entertaining. My use of the word entertaining is used in it’s most humble form, as there isn’t much about that war, or any war that is entertaining.

  35. I agree with Malala for certain. I can’t imagine anyone choosing Miley Cyrus for this honor. It’s hard for me to choose because we aren’t told the truth about much anymore, but I would choose a military officer who forfeited his position rather than follow orders from Obama that were contrary to America’s stance…You likely have a name that would fit that.

  36. My vote is for the Rev. Billy Graham. 95 years old and he is again sharing the good news to his beloved home country in My Hope America.

  37. The hair on my arms stands on end as I recall the Battle of Little Round Top, Sir. Chamberlain KNEW if he broke, the Union line was broken, and if the Union broke HERE, it would probably never recover, so with THAT precious burden he did the best he could and won against overwhelming odds, even capturing over 200 of the Confederate soldiers at the foot of Little Roundtop! Fine choice, Allen!

  38. Agree on both counts!! Chamberlain dis a lot to help heal the wounds by his deft handling of the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox,

  39. Understanding Each Other, Diversity and Dissent: MALALA IS A NON ISSUE-REAL ISSUE IS THAT THE WEST FATHERED ISLAMIC MAD DOG EXTREMISTS FROM 1979

    The west bears a great deal of blame for mess for which is now glorifying Malala?

    The issue is not womens emancipation? Women were getting laid their lovers even when in Chadri or veil or a Burqa! Women were getting educated in the past also ?

    Pakistans Musharraf perfected the art of getting US aid and also secretly helping the Taliban!

    Cause Malala Yousafzai is the wests problem because Malal attackers and all who represent Malala haters were created thanks to US.UK and Saudi policy as executed by the Pakistani military who acted as both pawn and processor in the whole affair.

    Raza with President(s) Bush and Musharraf December 2007.While General (R) Musharraf faces serious legal and criminal charges financial misappropriations in the US where his foundation raised $2 million for Pakistan.

    Pakistan is military dictatorship with a wild, freewheeling press, ruled by an antidemocratic despot who respects many democratic institutions.A graduate of a Catholic high school and a Presbyterian college,General Pervez Musharraf came to power by allying himself with radical Islamist political parties.

    General Musharraf played the role of unofficial spokesperson of Pakistan Army and he was seen defending the army and suggesting that it was just a slip, it was on account of CIA,NSA and FBI when 911 happened.

    But gone unnoticed amid those well-publicized closures that the Musharraf Foundation continues to operate in the United States.Its website of this month, still seeks donations,with images of children in flood damage areas, headlines.

  40. USAma Bin Laden died in December, 2001 of Marfan Syndrome

    Posted by Nathan A. Bauer on August 28, 2012 at 10:00pm

    View Blog

    Usama Bin Laden died in 2001. He was the victim of a degenerative disease known as Marfan Syndrome. It is a particularly unpleasant way to die. How do we know he died of Marfan’s? Well, let’s take a look at some of the evidence.

    All of us should remember the article spread far and wide by the Guardian:http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2001/nov/01/afghanistan.terrorism

    Two months before September 11 Osama bin Laden flew to Dubai for 10 days for treatment at the American hospital, where he was visited by the local CIA agent, according to the French newspaper Le Figaro.

    The disclosures are known to come from French intelligence which is keen to reveal the ambiguous role of the CIA, and to restrain Washington from extending the war to Iraq and elsewhere.

    Bin Laden is reported to have arrived in Dubai on July 4 from Quetta in Pakistan with his own personal doctor, nurse and four bodyguards, to be treated in the urology department. While there he was visited by several members of his family and Saudi personalities, and the CIA.

    The CIA chief was seen in the lift, on his way to see Bin Laden, and later, it is alleged, boasted to friends about his contact. He was recalled to Washington soon afterwards.

    Of course the hospital denied OBL was ever there. I mean, would you?

    Well then, who is saying that UBL is dead then?

    Former CIA officer and hugely respected intelligence & foreign policy expert Robert Baer, who in 2008 when asked about Bin Laden by a radio host responded, “Of course he is dead.”

    Fox News reported on December 26, 2001 that;

    Usama bin Laden has died a peaceful death due to an untreated lung complication, the Pakistan Observer reported, citing a Taliban leader who allegedly attended the funeral of the Al Qaeda leader.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,41576,00.html#ixzz24tcXuoJJ

    – On January 18, 2002, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf announced: “I think now, frankly, he is dead.”

    – On July 17, 2002, the then-head of counterterrorism at the FBI, Dale Watson, told a conference of law enforcement officials that “I personally think he [Bin Laden] is probably not with us anymore.”

    – In October 2002, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told CNN that “I would come to believe that [Bin Laden] probably is dead.

    – In 2003, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told Fox News Channel analyst Morton Kondracke she suspected Bush knew the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden and was waiting for the most politically expedient moment to announce his capture.

    – In November 2005, Senator Harry Reid revealed that he was told Osama may have died in the Pakistani earthquake of October that year.

    – In February 2007, Professor Bruce Lawrence, head of Duke University’s Religious Studies program, stated that the purported video and audio tapes that were being released of Bin Laden were fake and that he was probably dead.

    – On November 2, 2007, former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto told Al-Jazeera’s David Frost that Omar Sheikh had killed Osama Bin Laden.

    – In March 2009, former US foreign intelligence officer and professor of international relations at Boston University Angelo Codevilla stated: “All the evidence suggests Elvis Presley is more alive today than Osama Bin Laden.”

    – In May 2009, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari confirmed that his “counterparts in the American intelligence agencies” hadn’t heard anything from Bin Laden in seven years and confirmed “I don’t think he’s alive.”

    AP Article, 4/26/02, by ROBERT BURNS
    “We’re hunting him down,” he said. “We’re tracking him down. He’s hiding. We haven’t heard hide nor hair of him for about, oh, since December, in terms of anything hard.” Rumsfeld said.

    Israeli Intelligence: he died and all new videos are faked
    He had Kidney operation July 4 in Dubai, reports “La Figaro”
    CNN reported 2/1/02 bin Laden aged enormously
    Pakistan President Musharraf says he died of Kidney Failure
    Doctor says he is extremely ill requiring dialysis
    Translation of Funeral Article in Egyptian Paper:
    al-Wafd, Wednesday, December 26, 2001 Vol 15 No 4633

    News of Bin Laden’s Death
    and Funeral 10 days ago

    Islamabad –
    A prominent official in the Afghan Taleban movement announced yesterday the death of Osama bin Laden, the chief of al-Qa’da organization, stating that binLaden suffered serious complications in the lungs and died a natural and quiet death. The official, who asked to remain anonymous, stated to The Observer of Pakistan that he had himself attended the funeral of bin Laden and saw his face prior to burial in Tora Bora 10 days ago. He mentioned that 30 of al-Qa’da fighters attended the burial as well as members of his family and some friends from the Taleban. In the farewell ceremony to his final rest guns were fired in the air. The official stated that it is difficult to pinpoint the burial location of bin Laden because according to the Wahhabi tradition no mark is left by the grave. He stressed that it is unlikely that the American forces would ever uncover any traces of bin Laden.

    Gary North quotes himself from one of his prior articles on the subject:

    The story of bin Laden’s hospital stay was reported last week in Le Figaro. I cannot imagine a hotter story, yet U.S. newspapers are pretending that it’s not newsworthy — “not worth pursuing.” An Israeli Website has translated the full article from Le Figaro (Oct. 31). This should have been front-page news in every newspaper in America, the lead story on every network. But it doesn’t fit the official government version. The people therefore don’t have a right to know. Or, as we might put it, “All the news that fits.”

  41. Good choice on JLC. We were there for the 150th and it was something to see.

    You may like this story of Mosby and his slave:

    Enjoy a FREE copy of my screenplay, SOMETHING GRAY, now an eBook on Amazon, in honor of John Mosby’s 180th birthday (December 6-10th)!
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  42. I have to say without a doubt Malala Yousafzai is the person of the year. I pray for her protection. She has every right to an education and she is an inspiration.

      • it’s a southern pride thing you wouldn’t understand. You never finished the story about the virgin in high school, who’s living in the past…..now.

      • hey, bud – I’m a born and raised Texan, and the last I looked, Texas was a Confederate state. I have (past) relatives who fought for the Confederacy. Dang, I even have good friends who are “Confederate re-enactors”… Don’t bother with the “you don’t understand southern pride” thing. What YOU don’t understand is that you’re an idiot…

  43. I like Malala Yousafzai, no doubt. However, instead of going with somebody from the past, Mr. West, (and Joshua L. Chamberlain is a good choice) I want to mention Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani doctor who helped the US military capture and kill Osama bin Laden. He put himself at great risk, and is still paying for it as far as I know. And Saeed Abedini, the US pastor being held in Iran, should get some mention. Maybe after 2016 these people will be given the consideration and respect they deserve? Including being liberated to live in the freedom they have both risked and lost. Still, I like your choice of Malala Yousafzai. She’s an excellent choice and a very good role model, not just for young people, but for all of us in times like these.

  44. The Person of the Year is awarded for impact good, or bad.With such ridiculous picks as You, Planet Earth, and The Personal Computer The whole notion of Person of the Year is kind of irrelevant. If it were to be a more serious thing my vote would go for Malala Yousafzai she should have won last year too.

  45. The problem with Time’s Person of the Year is that it is not about the “Good” person of the year, but the person with the most impact. Past winners included, Adolf Hitler Joseph Stalin (twice), and the Ayatollah Khomeini. It is not necessarily an honor.

    • Very true. Now let’s apply this to Miss Cyrus. How in the world does her twerking/pole dancing/gyrating in disgusting outfits and singing (not so well) with a lip sinking kitten qualify her as “person with the most impact”? Only in a degenerate society…

    • In that case, Obama should recieve it. He has inpacted more people’s lives negatively, than anyone else in the world.
      sosuite

  46. My Person(s) of the year are the guys who told congress that they wouldn’t enter their personal info into Healthcare.gov website because they new it wasn’t secure, and shouldn’t be used by anyone, because of identity theft reasons.

    • If any of you doubt the security of Healthcare.gov , here’s a little story for you. A very good friend of mine and his wife had lunch the other day. Obamacare was at the core of our discussion. She (friends wife) shared that she had “picked a plan” on the californiacare.com website (it’s the states obamacare website and actually works). PRIOR to finishing “picking a plan” her cell phone started ringing ENDLESSLY! It was insurance agents (various agents from companies she DIDN’T PICK) trying to SELL her INSURANCE! Secure my butt!

  47. Both these are wonderful choices.
    Unfortunately Time magazine will choose someone nowhere near as deserving

    Why because it is a popularity contest

  48. Miley Cyrus Should have as much chance as Linda Lovelace or Seka
    Who on earth would choose a naked teen who sits on a wrecking ball naked?
    This is why America is failing lack of decency and morals!

  49. our president…..in the face of the opposing forces of the tea-bagging party, he has brought hope to many Americans, those that would never be able to afford good healthcare, can now!!

    • By his inability to assign the writing of a major website to anybody other than a hack crony friend of his wife’s, he saved us from the Stalinist Obamacare law. Ironic how that works, donnit? (I should mention: Obamacare, in that it mandates paid for abortions for all, is a genocide bill.)

      • These criminals keep saying that it is a victory. Victory to them because they have destroyed our health care system and will continue to bleed us out with their “attempts” to fix the website. Only the welfare people and those who have no choice are signing up to be completely at the mercy of Obama. They will find themselves with restricted services. How are people suppose to pay what he demands and remember he is still going to raise our taxes…..

    • Those who could never afford good health care now have it with Obama?? Why doesn’t the Congress want what is being forced upon us? People on welfare always had health care. That was another farce out of Obamas’ mouth. I’m sick of the propaganda. It is TEA Party. You maybe like to talk nasty with saying tea bagging which is when someone sucks on someones balls. If that is funny to you then you are very immature.

  50. One point. Hood was not attacking Chamberlain, he was defending Gettysburg. Virginia was a Southern state. Chamberlain was from Maine. I would not choose a military person who was responsible for so many deaths as person of the year. Sorry. Maybe you’d prefer Sherman. The true broker of peace was General Robert E. Lee when he recognized that we were overwhelmed by the brutality of our Northern brothers, poking their noses in business that was none of theirs, and agreed to surrender. Personally, I would have fought to the death for my beloved South. I agree that slavery had to end but Lincoln did not put a plan in place to help all the slaves find a new way of life. That 40 acres and a mule thing could not cover all the slaves in existence at the time. He released all these folks who had only known one lifestyle all their lives into the society of the time. Not their fault that they did not know where to go or what to do. Most of them could not read or write. Where was the education plan? They weren’t allowed to vote. They had no say in what happened to them. They were accustomed to being told what to do. It was a social disaster. Crime was epidemic after the war. Opportunists flooded in and destroyed much of what was beautiful. Reconstruction was a joke. The citizens were not protected as their infrastructure was demolished. This period saw the rise of the Ku Klux Klan as a backlash to the crime and lack of protection from the so-called Union, i.e., the Federal government. Do not speak to me about Northern Civil War heroes. In my eyes, there are none. Negroes are still discriminated against. The young are told they will never amount to much, and they grow up in neighborhoods that validate that lie. The tragic thing is, so many of them believe it. You were one of the lucky ones. You came from a military family and were encouraged to succeed and excel. This is not true of so many black young people. I have seen it first hand, generations who lived in the projects and know no other way of life. They assume that $90 a month for an apartment is expensive. Most have no clue as to how to budget their small incomes. How could they? We don’t bother to teach that in schools. I’m sorry I’ve gone on a rant but there are just so many things that are wrong in this country and ways to make things better that folks are just ignoring that it upsets me so!

    • you don’t read much history do you … revisionist history as you have chronicled is only true in your own mind; get a life and a good history book and you will do better than your paltry post of incorrect blather and illogical deduction…

      • I do read history. But my perspective comes from letters from family members who were THERE. This is not revisionist, this is chronicled by contemporaries of the men in question. Also, your post is considerably more paltry than mine as you hide behind the mask of anonymity like the coward you are.

      • your first statement demonstrates your ignorance – of course Hood was attacking Chamberlin … Lee was a traitor and too the confederates in general. The entire construct of the Cons was to support their economic model and supported by State’s Rights, albeit taken too far. If they wanted a new country they should have moved and obtained their own dirt, as THIS dirt belongs to the UNITED STATES and will not be allowed to change hands except through lawful means.

    • sorry to have to correct you but, Hood was attacking Chamberlain. Lee was attacking not defending Gettysburg. Gettysburg is located in Pennsylvania not Virginia

      • Again, the north invaded the south. The south retaliated. In war, you do what you have to do to win. If that means invading the land of the aggressor, that’s what you do.
        Blaming the south – so ridiculous.

    • Gettysburg is in Pennsylvania..and is a Northern state. Lee was definitely the aggressor. Good heavens, it was WAR. And he was trying to win it. Chamberlain made an incredible decision to “charge” in the face of his own lost cause.

    • Wow.
      By now you know that the basic premise of your comment was incorrect. So is nearly everything else you wrote.

      Saying that Lee was the broker of peace is no different than saying that Hirohito ended WWII in the Pacific Theater. The Battle of Gettysburg could not have take place had Lee not first INVADED Pennsylvania. Please explain how one reconciles a ‘broker of peace’ with the man at the head of an invading army.

      Negroes?
      You’re kidding……..right?

      • Lee could have held on longer and cost many more lives. He didn’t. And to compare this courageous family man to Hirohito is ridiculous. Lee was not invading, he was protecting his beloved Virginia. Pennsylvania was just an unfortunate battleground. The North saw very little combat action on its territory. Most the carnage took place on Southern soil. Gettysburg was Lee’s attempt to push back the Union. In that way, it was not so much an attack as a continued defense of The Confederate States of America, which unfortunately failed.
        And yes, Negroes. Don’t you know that is the correct terminology just as Caucasian is for whites? The term, “Black” to refer to people of color did not come about until the late 1960s. And today it seems “African American” is the more accepted term, although the language is in a continual state of evolution and may change again many times.

      • The north invaded the south first. The south responded in kind.
        If you can’t stand the heat, don’t go in the kitchen.

    • Well said. Lincoln used the freeing of the slaves just as our government pretends to be freeing people over in the Middle East. They used the same excuse for Viet Nam. It is always about economics and greed.
      Obama has really failed his “folks” by not helping them to work their way out of poverty. He is a carpetbagger. For various reasons, our economy has been declining for years and he and his contributors have started robbing the citizens of this country. We are in a depression propped up by credit cards and welfare. The Feds print money that is really a IOU but most don’t understand what is happening. His “green” energy is a scam because none have worked and were never intended to work. It is money laundering. He recently sold that green car company to the Chinese at a great loss to the American people. Why hasn’t he gone into the ghettoes and set up real solutions to their poverty like tutors and teaching parents how to parent. Nothing has been done about the drug problem. Instead he concentrates on taking away guns from people who have registered them so that he can install marshall law. This country is going the way of Germany. Instead of hating the Jews the blacks are being set upon whites. Those in poverty are being told to hate those who are not Democrat. Our government has grown into a elite class. University students are wanting to go into government employment rather than innovation. Our government is very corrupt and must be fixed with term limits and the lobbyists need to be controlled……on and on. We have been asleep and common core is ruining our kids similar to Hitlers’ youth being encouraged to burn books. We have fake science and are going into the dark ages. Our kids are ignorant similar to what happened to the slaves when they were “freed”.

    • Remember that Lincoln was assassinated just days after the Civil War’s conclusion, so he never really had the chance to put in place better reform for the slaves himself, and provided that he was one of the only unifying figures of America at the time, it isn’t that surprising that Reconstruction fell apart — so it wasn’t so much that the idea of freeing blacks was shortsighted as much as there wasn’t the expected people and motivation to completely solve the problem. In addition and with respect to your opinion, I think your key argument that the North was “poking their noses in business that was none of theirs” is based on misleading assumptions, which are that if the South were left alone, there would not have been so much death and destruction, which also implies that the North still had the choice of peace but chose to go to war anyway. Keep in mind that peaceful resolutions were tried since the ratification of the Constitution, but none of them worked. Americans were just boiling over from the 1820 Compromise even up to when Lincoln tried to ensure the South that his anti-slavery policies would only affect the western territories, yet still anger was so high that civil war ended up being inevitable — so much so that even if the Confederates won, there would have probably been as many problems and deaths as caused by the Civil War and even future wars between the two countries. Fugitive slaves would still be escaping to the North, for example. North and South would be competing aggressively against each other in trade. In addition, this sets the precedent basically that ‘if you have a problem, just split from the union’, which perhaps would have turned the entire country into little separate countries eventually — exactly as it was under the Articles of Confederation, which nearly collapsed into anarchy. As much as I sympathize with your opinion, history is not nearly as black and white as we tend to like to view it as and in this case, even if the North had backed off, the consequences probably would have equated to the destruction of the Civil War anyway.

  51. Novels and Movies need heroic people. The “accepted” account of Little Round Top has the wrong hero. On the evening prior to the battle, a union BGen was checking the lines for Gen. Meade. Seeing how weak the union left was at Little Round Top, he repositioned a NY artillery battery to support the 20th Maine. The Confederate charge was met with not only 20th Maine Rifle fire but intense Grape Shot from the Artillery. Neither “Killer Angels” or the movie mentions this fact. Otherwise, both accounts are very accurate about Gettysburg. Chamberlain’s command of about 120 men with 40 rounds per man wouldn’t have come close to repelling a Confederate charge which outnumbered them more than twenty to one, when you consider that the charge was conducted from “cover” that was within rifle range the defenders would have been overwhelmed within minutes without the Cannister Fire. In “Leaders and Battles of the Civil War,” compiled from the testimony of actual participants in the battle, no one on the Confederate side who participated in the retreat remembered a charge by the 20th Maine. The “bayonet charge” was simply the rounding of wounded or hiding Confederates after the retreat. The real hero of Little Round Top was the BGen. who, without authority, repositioned the artillery. I am not trying to belittle the 20th Maine or Col. Chamberlain. The real hero’s name is lost to history but is contained in “L&B of The Civil War.” I wonder if anybody else will ever bother to look it up? We seem to accept history as written or portrayed by authors or Hollywood. After the War, Col. Chamberlain became a very successful politician, who knows what happened to my proposed hero?

  52. I lost any respect for the Nobel Peace Prize when they gave it to Al Gore instead of Irena Sendler who was personally responsible for saving 2500 Jewish children from the Nazis in Warsaw. Al Gore…? Really? Then consider the history of this award… Yasser Arafat… Jimmy Carter… Al Gore… Barack Obama..? What a farce! As for Americans citing Miley Cyrus, that is the tragedy of our society these days. I would bet those who voted for Miley Cyrus have never heard of Malala Yousafzai, or Dr. Ben Carson, or Ted Cruz, or any number of qualified candidates for such recognition! Our greatest challenge as a nation is not Obama – it is the ignorance that enabled him to be elected in the first place.

    On the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, college students in his country were unable to identify who said “Four score and seven years ago…” or in what context. And Common Core does not even plan to teach students the context of that speech – they are dumbing America down so that we will not have a patriotic pride in our history and an understanding of American exceptionalism – it makes us far too difficult to control! They want to eliminate religion too, because that encourages people to be independent of government and think for themselves. They are trying to eradicate our individual sovereignty and everything that encourages it!

  53. My pick are the doctors and nurses who tended to this person’s wounds after being shot in the head by a religion she still follows.

  54. Col. I know that you are not looking for it, may even eschew the suggestion … but you sir; it is you who are my person of the year.

    And not just for this year and all that you have done for the cause of freedom. It is because you have distinguished yourself as a man of honor who would rather his military career be destroyed than one of his men die needlessly. Because even when you have done so much to continue to serve your country with honor, Congressman West, having scorn heaped upon you from many fronts, you believe in the truth and principles of the Constitution. Because you sir will stand with the weight of your oath upon your shoulders to uphold and defend the peoples rights proclaimed in the Declaration and the Constitution, no matter the cost. Because you desire to raise up our youth and imbue them with that same dedication and honor.

    It is for these reasons sir, that you, LTC. Allen West, are my personal Man of the year … Time’s anemic editor’s choice not-with-standing.

  55. I don’t have just one person, but many. All of or service men & women protecting our country in spite of a so called leader that actually hates them, & wouldn’t care what happens to them.

  56. We should not support education for Talibandits. It is much easier to deal with primitive savages than with educated ones.

    We need to stop the dumbing down of our own education system and stop the Mohammedan invasion.

    • You miss the point: she doesn’r want to educate terrorists, rather,she wants an education for them which would illuminate their benighted minds, and those of their brainwashed and indoctrinated children who worship a fasle ‘god’.

  57. I truly believe Sen. Ted Cruz deserves an honor such as this. Aside from trying to do what he said he would do, he also laid bare more of Obama’s character. Seeing that Obama was happy to use park rangers to intimidate war veterans and foreign tourists, was quite revealing.
    We also saw which GOPers were with us, and which were against us.
    All in all, a very illuminating set of events.

  58. As much reverence I have for the contribution of Colonel Joshua Chamberlain, I also would nominate Sen. Ted Cruz for 2013’s “Person of the Year Here is a man who not only remembered the promises he made to his constituents before his election, but actually had the character and conviction to bravely confront an arrogant Congress, including many of the spineless career politicians of his OWN party. Although he faced ridicule and possible sacrifice of his next election, he demonstrated the courage and conviction to follow the ideals for which he was elected..

  59. I worked with a Chamberlain several years ago who was related to Col [later General] Chamberlain. We compared notes with my relation Gen “War is Hell” W. Tecumseh Sherman. Years later I discovered I was also related to one of the Brigade Comanders in “Picketts Charge”.
    Thirty years ago I ran into an east texas ‘good ol boy’ who was a Civil War re-enactor.
    He told me I was the first ‘yankee’ he’d ever met who knew anything about the Civil War. and asked me why I thought that was.
    Bastogne is what comes to mind but before that the 1854 Kansa-Nebraska Act. My answer was there are many Americans today whose families were not in the US 100 years ago.

  60. Where today could we find a leader who, faced with a charging enemy, would command his men to fix bayonets and Charge …when he ran out of ammo.
    ?

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