Remember the ” War on terror’? I thought it was an idiotic name for the activity of preventing terrorism at the time. Going to war against an emotion seemed absurd. I suppose it was a natural, simple, progression from Roosevelt’s famous ” We have nothing to fear but fear itself”. After all why not merely fight the one and only thing, we have to fear? Reflecting upon it from the madness of today’s world it seems much less idiotic. Today, of course, the war on terror has morphed into the war on Islamophobia.
Some wars last a long time. The war on drugs started back in 1971 and has escalated ever since. To my knowledge drugs never formally declared war but they have won considerable ground over the years with legalisation in many states and widespread use in every living generation with many leaders treasonously engaged, even if they don’t all inhale.
The war on Christmas is one of my favourites. It seems to have few, if any actual casualties. I love Christmas! I love the decorations, the lights, the sense of peaceful purpose, the family and friends celebrating, the wonder in the eyes of young children, the singing, and yes even the story of the birth of Christ. Indeed, were it not for the holiday’s, winter would seem rather long, dreary, and dreadful as opposed to cosy, warm, and hopeful. There is the problem of commercialisation decried by many, more conservative Christians. Understandable in that secularism has usurped a day of sacred celebration for monetary gain in a money changer in the temple sort of scam. Alas, commercialisation is no longer the significant threat in the Axis forces against Christmas with political correctness having amassed unprecedented troop numbers and a self-righteous indignation the most zealous of Puritans never mustered. I suspect they will ultimately slip on some ice and bloody their noses. None of us like being told what we may or may not say and believer or not I will continue to wish people a Merry Christmas!
If the war on Christmas goes like the war on drugs or the war on terror we can expect many Merry Christmases to come.