On Monday morning, as I made good on my New Year’s resolution to be more diligent about my exercise routine of lower-back stretches and core-strengthening crunches (so far, so good!), I was listening to Joe Scarborough and historian Michael Beschloss on MSNBC. They were discussing the positive developments of 2022 that offer us reasons for optimism in 2023: the defeat of election deniers in important swing-state elections; Ukraine’s inspiring defense of democracy against Vladimir Putin’s genocidal assault; the brave uprising of Iranian women; Donald Trump’s waning (for now) influence within the GOP. In a world poised upon multiple tipping points, we could well imagine many of these scenarios having swung the other way in 2022. (Kari Lake and Doug Mastriano as governors, Herschel Walker and Dr. Oz as senators!) So these are all good signs that may indeed indicate an encouraging trend for democracy. Morning Joe and Beschloss were certainly right to hail these events.