Saturday, December 16, 2006

Is There Really A War On Christmas?

Is there really a war on Christmas? The simple answer to this question is “it depends on who you ask”. But what is most startling to me is that in the name of fighting a perceived “War On Christmas”, people on both sides of this issue have forgotten what the Christmas spirit is all about. In my view, that was the intension from day one for all those over at Faux News, because the Christmas spirit of giving to others for no reason other than just to do it, is in fact a notion embodied by liberal philosophy. Indeed, the Christmas spirit is one in the same with the liberal spirit.

But what isn’t well noticed, although it has been noted from time to time in the past, is that our entire society does not embrace the Christmas spirit, and not just during Christmas, but all year long. If the Christmas spirit of giving to others, and caring for others was indeed held as an ideal for our nation to endear ourselves to, the question would soon arise that a middle class that is worker harder for less and less while another class is protected in it’s wealth concentration is indeed the epitome of the Christmas Grinch.

Rather, a nation that really has embodied the Christmas spirit would operate and function quite differently on several levels. For instance, in the state of Georgia a new law on the books permits gun carriers to be legally able to use deadly force against anyone they “think is a threat” to them. While I can somewhat understand if this was the case if this law applied to your homestead, in the state of Georgia it applies anywhere including public streets. This gives “road rage” a whole new meaning. And yet, in the very same state, in Atlanta, Georgia, as Nitwit Planet noted some time ago, panhandling is illegal. If the Christmas spirit were applied to the state of Georgia, then perhaps the myriad of the homeless in Atlanta, many of whom are veterans and indeed victims of America’s past ill-begotten wars, would instead have a roof over their head, and the residents of Georgia would feel safe enough not to need to carry a handgun to ward off the occasional hungry homeless man.

Not to pick on Georgia. It’s only one example from parts all over the country. One does not need to look far from the Mississippi and Louisiana Gulf Coast to see that no one in this nation of plenty is in more need of the Christmas spirit then those who are still left in Katrina’s wake. An untold number of Americans are still there living in nothing more than over-priced poorly built FEMA trailers; trailers that have left our American brothers and sisters sickened from formaldehyde residue and are insufficient even to keep out the cold in the winter. Sarge, who writes over at Unreported News, speaks frequently on the subject, and from first-hand experience often must tell stories of horror that are still going on today 16 months after the storm made landfall. And yet our nation seems to have forgotten our own countrymen in the plague of horrors that is the Gulf Coast. Instead we focus ourselves on the health of a Democratic Senator from South Dakota, not because we are concerned for his health, but because if his health falters the new found Democratic majority in the Senate could come into question. Ledgering against a man’s life does not embody the Christmas spirit, rather it is a key indication of a nation gone mad, if not wholely sadistic.

But it isn’t just what you see in the national news. It is the small, not-so-well noticed things. I was reading my local paper and came across this story of a bust at a brothel in my hometown. What struck me about it was that this took place a scant 2 miles from my home. It is quite puzzling that we live in a nation that awards men with metals and places adjectives of heroism and honor upon their heads for turning Iraqi children into splatters of blood and bone thousands of miles away, and yet just 2 miles from my front door people are put under arrest for giving someone an orgasm in exchange for money.

We live in a sick, sick world in perhaps the sickest nation in that world. And until we as a people address that fact, we have no business celebrating the Christmas spirit, much less to malign those who put up a “Happy Holidays” banner in front of their business.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Laika the Space Dog said...

Wow! Christmas is a liberal philosophy? Who would have guessed?
No Alva, you see liberalism is the idea that wealth should be forcefully taken away from the individual and re-distributed to the "needy" masses, call it theft, call it taxation...whatever...but it's not the spirit of Christmas. The spirit of Christmas is altruism and it comes from one's selfless actions and you don't have to be rich or poor to experience it.
What are you doing for the Christmas spirit Alva? You blew off the man with the cancer sign and then bitched and moaned about it. How sad.
I'll tell you what I'm doing and have been doing since late June. I have two little girls in my neighborhood who came up from Louisiana last February. Their parents are useless shits who spend their daughter's Social Security Disabilty check (there is a third little girl who has severe autism) on cigaretts, crack and beer. The father can't keep a job (he has a big "Anarchy" tattoo on his arm that says "Fuck the Man")and he's a thief and a beggar. Getting the picture?
Well, the girls were walking past my house barefoot and noticed my garden and admired it. I invited them into my yard and they spied my Navaho blackberries and asked if they could have some. I said sure and they go better on vanilla ice cream. They devoured it like hungry wolves and I gave them a second bowl. Since then, my wife and I have set aside our Sunday afternoons for these two children. I've gotten them bicycles, they're 12 and 9 years old and have never owned a bike. I've taught them chess, Chinese checkers and Scrabble. My wife cooks them a healthy lunch and dinner. We go on outings to places like the zoo and aviary and (gasp) McDonald's, to which they'd never been before because Mr. Anarchy hates McDonald's. I've helped with their homework and the older one has just made the honor roll (which by the way, some whack job liberals are complaining about having an horor roll because it "stigmatizes" those who don't make it.)We've watched movies like "To Kill a Mockingbird" and we read the Sunday funnies together.
This Christmas is going to be their best one by far and not because somebody taxed me and forced me to "give" to them.
I also give to disabled veterans organizations, you know....those guys who splatter Iraqi children for medals (You're definitely twisted Alva)and I give at church. I give to the local food bank. I've served my country in the Army and I continue to serve my community on council...and yes, we didn't raise the tax millage this year and I hope to have it lowered next year...so I can give more of my own wealth to those who really need it. Yeah Alva, I'm an evil RepugliKKKan who used to be a Democrat but woke up from the utopian dream of useless socialism.
Do yourself a favor this Christmas Alva, read O. Henry's "The Gift" if you haven't already.
And yes, A very Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Laika

9:10 AM  
Anonymous l said...

I'm sorry Alva, it's "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry. After I thought about it, I got it out to read to the girls tomorrow and realized I left out the whole title in my prior post. Mea culpa.

10:12 AM  
Anonymous $.$. Halliburton said...

"We live in a sick, sick world in perhaps the sickest nation in that world. And until we as a people address that fact, we have no business celebrating the Christmas spirit, much less to malign those who put up a “Happy Holidays” banner in front of their business."

Spoken like a true left-wing, fun-bashing, blue-nosed scold.

This is how I see Christmas:

"All the best customs of Christmas, from carols to trees to spectacular decorations, have their root in pagan ideas and practices. These customs were greatly amplified by American culture, as the product of reason, science, business, worldliness, and egoism, i.e., the pursuit of happiness.

America's tragedy is that its intellectual leaders have typically tried to replace happiness with guilt by insisting that the spiritual meaning of Christmas is religion and self-sacrifice for Tiny Tim or his equivalent. But the spiritual must start with recognizing reality. Life requires reason, selfishness, capitalism; that is what Christmas should celebrate -- and really, underneath all the pretense, that is what it does celebrate. It is time to take the Christ out of Christmas, and turn the holiday into a guiltlessly egoistic, pro-reason, this-worldly, commercial celebration."

excerpted from:

Christmas Should be More Commercial by Leonard Peikoff -- Capitalism Magazine

http://www.capmag.com/article.asp?ID=2254

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Jerry Garcia said...

"and yet just 2 miles from my front door people are put under arrest for giving someone an orgasm in exchange for money."

...bummer man, why are they exchaning money, dude? Didn't they hear of the 1960's and FREE LOVE. These chicks should be just putin' it out there for FREE man!
That's, like, wow, so un-Christmasy and stuff. That's so wrong. I hope you can find some FREE love this Christmas Alva.
Remember, everything is FREE.
Are these chicks like whores?
Is a brothel a whorehouse? I thought brothel was like soup without the veggies, man.
Bummer you lost your whorehouse man, being it was a scant two miles away.
I never had to worry about whores. I just had the roadies give them backstage passes and it was all FREE LOVE.

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Meowsevich said...

It’s Ok to give orgasms for profit, BUT HEAVEN FORBID IF YOU DRINK A SODA! THAT SODA IS CORPORATE EXPLOITATION! Well I think prostitution is the exploitation of women, but what do I know, I’m just a “reichwinger” -- right Alva? Anyways, I do agree with you on the Christmas spirit being missing from American culture. Instead it has been replaced by rampant commercialism and turned into a secular shopping day with snow flakes and “Holiday Trees” littered throughout shopping malls. I love capitalism, I love America and yes Alva I do have a soft spot for you – you do after all keep me (and others) well entertained - but Christmas should be about Christ, we should display the cross, nativity scenes and tell the story of the birth and purpose of Jesus Christ. Sadly enough though, secular progressives in cahoots with corporate interest found common ground to take away the spirit of Christ from Christmas and have instead opted for X-Mas which latter turned into “The Holiday Season”, that way Christ could share his birthday with the likes of Buddha, Shiva, Zeus, Mohammad, Jack God of Biscuits (Eddie Izzard!) ect and still some fat cat could cash in ON EVERYBODY (regardless of religious affiliation). It’s a shame and I wish it could be brought to light through the media (both Fox and the vast array of liberal networks, publications, websites ect.) But we all know it won’t, due to political correctness and the constant push for higher ratings. See Alva, we found common ground instead of bashing one another’s ideological persuasion, parties and Commander in Chiefs. My goodness, this might be the Christmas spirit!? Quick! Get the ACLU!

I wish you and yours a very merry Christmas, Alva,

--Meow

10:51 PM  
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8:54 AM  

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