With the COVID-19 outbreak and the mess that was this year’s election, 2020 was awful. However, 2020 was not completely a terrible year. Here are the ten greatest moments of the worst year ever:
- Brexit finally happened.
On January 31, the United Kingdom became the first country to leave the European Union. After four years of political drama in the UK—consisting of two general elections, calls for another referendum, and two different Prime Ministers—the country finally got the job done. The only thing left for Brexit is what deal (if there is one) the UK will have with the EU for 2021 onwards.
- Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison.
After the New York Times story in 2017 that detailed years of sexual assault allegations against Weinstein and culminated into the #MeToo movement, Weinstein was finally sentenced to 23 years in prison for sexual assault and rape on March 11.
Justice has finally been served to a man who got away with too much for far too long.
- The May SpaceX launch.
During one of the toughest months of the year, there was a glimmer of light after SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft successfully carried astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley out of Earth’s atmosphere. NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine, worded the moment perfectly saying, “Today a new era in human spaceflight begins as we once again launched American astronauts on American rockets from American soil on their way to the International Space Station.” This was a fantastic moment for American greatness.
- The Great American Outdoors Act was signed.
The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), a landmark conservation bill, was signed by President Trump on August 4th. According to the National Parks Service, the GAOA will provide $1.9 billion a year for five years to national parks, wildlife refuges, recreation areas, and more. It will also permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund $900 million a year from offshore oil and natural gas royalties. The GAOA is one of, if not the, biggest bipartisan win of the year.
- Peace progress in the Middle East.
On September 15, President Trump held a ceremony at the White House in which Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain signed the “Abraham Accords Peace Agreement.” This marked a historic moment for peace in the Middle East. Sudan, Oman, and, most recently, Morocco followed suit in normalizing relations with Israel. We can only hope that this progress for peace can continue during the next presidential administration.
- Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
On October 27, Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in as the 115th Justice of the United States Supreme Court. From graduating first in her class at Notre Dame Law School to her iconic blank notepad at the confirmation hearings, the 48-year-old mother of seven proved to be an impressive, well-qualified pick by President Trump. Barrett is Trump’s third successful Supreme Court justice during his single presidential term.
- Trump’s election moves.
One of the most iconic and hilarious moments of the year was the President’s unique dancing to Village People’s “YMCA” on the campaign trail. Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or Independent, you have to admit his moves were amusing. From people recreating his moves on TikTok to the countless shares on Twitter and Instagram, Trump’s dance moves will go down as one of the greatest moments of 2020.
- House Republican’s election performance.
After months of a rumored and forecasted ‘Blue Wave,’ House Republicans defied the odds by not only gaining (so far) nine seats, but also not losing a single seat. This puts the Republicans in a good position to potentially win a majority in the House of Representatives in two-years’ time. If Republicans can hold the Senate and flip the House in the next election, it will be very difficult for President-elect Biden to pass his progressive agenda.
- Stock market breaking records.
Although the stock market dramatically crashed in March, the economic recovery since then has been phenomenal. Countless records have been broken this year, including the Dow breaking 30,000 for the first time ever on November 24.
Let us hope the market and economy continue to thrive going into the New Year.
- The long-awaited vaccines.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, everyone was talking about if or when there will be a vaccine. As of December 14, the vaccine has started to be distributed across the United States, giving us hope that 2021 can be the year we at long last return to normality. Thanks to Operation Warp Speed, America was able to produce a vaccine faster than ever before.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.