The “Person of the Year” distinction from Time Magazine usually goes to someone who is mentioned significantly in the press. When you look at who is making the headlines, it could have gone to quite a few people. However, for 2021, the title went to Elon Musk.
He spoke about taxes, stocks, space flights, flamethrowers (or rather not-flamethrowers), and even ending world hunger if someone would just offer up a detailed plan.
Musk used his money and his position to solve various issues – or at least talk about the issues that are bothering many of us. He got us thinking – and he entertained us a bit along the way.
It makes perfect sense to name Elon Musk the “Person of the Year.”
But…that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some hurt feelings.
Why not Gavin Newsom? Andrew Cuomo? Gretchen Whitmer? Alejandro Mayorkas? Surely, there had to have been a liberal considered for the title, right? Sure, probably. However, all of those names are associated with more bad than good. What kind of example would Time Magazine be setting if they named a liberal who can’t escape controversy for more than a few minutes?
Edward Felsenthal, the chief executive of Time wrote that “Few individuals have had more influence than Musk on life on Earth, and perhaps life off Earth too.”
Perhaps no truer words have been written, at least not for 2021. Dr. Fauci is probably crying into his tea right now at the thought of not gracing the cover of the magazine. After all, he’s been working so hard to become the cultural icon of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, fearmongering isn’t going to get anyone on the cover…or at least we hope not.
It’s nice to see that Elon Musk will be gracing the cover, especially when we look at who graced the cover as the “Person of the Year” for 2020: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. In a moment of “let’s focus on equality,” the decision was to put the two of them on the cover together. We thought it was unusual at the time. Now, it’s like they knew something that we didn’t – Biden and Harris basically operate as one person. Neither is capable of doing the job and even together, they’re barely managing.
Elon Musk will get to grace the cover all by himself. The announcement from Felsenthal reads “In 2021, Musk emerged not just as the world’s richest person but also as perhaps the richest example of a massive shift in our society.”
Musk has made his money not through a single company but through a significant amount of innovation. Tesla, the electric car company, exceeded $1 trillion in market capitalization while SpaceX made significant strides regarding space exploration.
The Tesla CEO is not afraid of a bit of controversy, either. He shares his ideas on Twitter, he discusses his innovations in Ted Talks, and he confronts the bullies by waving money in their faces, assuming that they can actually prove a sound plan of how to spend the money (and offer open-source accounting), such as what he did when some boasted that Musk could solve world hunger if he really wanted to.
Musk is the epitome of capitalism and how it can help. He’s made a lot of money but he’s also a huge philanthropist. And the liberals hate that he is capable of highlighting the benefits of capitalism.
As for Fauci, Pelosi, and the rest of the liberals who were hoping for a Time “Person of the Year” photoshoot, they’ve probably crossed ‘Tesla Model X’ off of their Christmas lists.