I came across this blog and found it fascinating. It’s dated 1998 and written by Steve Kangas. He breaks down his “Liberal Reasons” for not celebrating Christmas into four categories: economic, environmental, social and religious.
The article drove home for me the fact that liberals truly don’t like anyone spending their own money, or making money, unless it’s something they approve of. Obviously Christmas isn’t one of those things.
Here are some of his justifications for not celebrating Christmas:
-Americans will spend between $160B-$200B on presents. “More than two-thirds the defense budget!” (So does that mean he approves of the defense budget and would rather have the money go there? And are we not allowed to spend money as we want?)
-“Christmas produces more income inequality than any other time of year.” (He sites Wal-Mart and the founder as being too rich. What about all those people Wal-Mart employs? If there is no Wal-Mart, or Christmas, how will that help people who need that job?)
-Concentrated profits: “Everyone may trade wealth at Christmas in the form of gifts, but the profits accrue to the few: namely, retail stores.” (And again, what about people who are hired to work in those stores? What about all the people who supply products and services and transfer product to the stores? Shall we have no production of products that also employ Americans?)
-The business cycle: “retail stores make 50% of their profits in the last three months of the year.” (And they plan for that. If people don’t celebrate Christmas, where will they make their money…i.e. hire employees and create the cycle in retail of providing what people want to purchase?)
-Christmas trees: “We now need 1 million acres of land for Christmas tree farms. These farms take the place of wild habitats, or even worse, old-growth forests.” (Trees are biodegradable, most are replanted. Most are grown specifically for Christmas. You can go to the National forest and cut down a tree [with a permit], helping to thin dense forest areas. The article sites 100,000 employees and states, “[they] could be put to better use.” I would like to ask Christmas tree farmers what “better use” they could be put to. How presumptive to tell someone what is “better” for them.)
-Made in China. (This one speaks for itself. I don’t purchase products made in China. I look for the good ol’ “Made in the USA” label. It’s not hard, and we need to keep jobs here in the US.)
Mr. Kangas celebrates the Winter Solstice instead of Christmas. He makes a statement, “today’s holiday actually strengthens hierarchy and income inequality” but doesn’t back it up with any facts. (To each his own. If you are a Christian, chances are you are going to celebrate the birth of Christ.)
Celebrate Christmas, or Winter Solstice, however you’d like, but please, don’t give in to liberal demands to do away with a tradition that has been around since the birth of our country. It’s our holiday, let’s keep it that way.
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