That Fading Christmas Spirit
The rightest of rightwing memes is "the war on Christmas," allegedly being waged by the godless left. Maybe that's why I just can't whip up the spirit.
There must be a war going on somewhere around this sacred holiday, 'cause something has almost done in my Christmas spirit. This is serious. That lovely warm glow that has always accompanied the season and fogged out some of the distress of everything from shopping to watching the news has abandoned me this year. First time ever.
Maybe it is the news itself. Sixty million folks displaced by war, famine, terror and the like.
That would be about the population of England or France, or Italy. When I think of all those folks, the kids, the grandparents, the moms and dads, so totally out of luck, it makes a trip to Target seem, I don't know, un-spiritual.
And politics! Great heavens, what craziness abounds from the Republicans. They have become untethered from facts, science and ... truth.
If anyone has the temerity to point that out, unleash the haters!
Whooee, say something negative about Donald Trump, and his supporters will gush a muckload of unprintable ire all over your head.
The world is beginning to convulse with climate spasms, and it's getting worse fast.
As Brother Obama noted yesterday, the Repubs are the only major political party the world denying man made climate change.
And our "recovery" from Bush's Recession is such a weak kneed one that millions of red-blooded Americans are feeling a bit anemic from job loss, income loss, home loss and vicious disdain from the 1%.
A record breaking number of 35-60 year old white guys are not even looking for work anymore, and a bunch of them are just shooting themselves. Literally.
So when I strive to feel all Christmasy, this year I fail. Fox "News" has it right. There is a war on Christmas, just not by those snarky Democrats they always blame.