One day after Fox News host, Bill O’Reilly, made his ground-breaking statement about Christianity not being a religion, he and Rhode Island Governor, Lincoln Chafee, went at it over the tradition of Christmas. Governor Chafee appeared on the Factor on Thursday, November 29, 2012 to defend his “non-traditional” positions on Christmas, and one of the funniest moments of that exchange was when Chafee told O’Reilly that people on Fox News are just way “too angry.” That was perhaps one of the best lines of the year.
Now, this is not some kind of endorsement of Fox News or Bill O’Reilly, but the idea of Christmas as a holiday has always worked for me. Being from the overworked, overextended, undervalued and underpaid 99%, it’s very difficult to start eliminating holidays, regardless of who the Son of God is or who stands to benefit from the switch from “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays,” or the switch from Governor Chafee’s “Holiday Tree” to O’Reilly’s “Christmas Tree.”
But understand this: one could find it astonishingly fascinating that a conservative, Mitt Romney-supporting, anti-government assistance organization like Fox News is so hopped-up to give people the ideology of Christmas on one hand, while rhetorically and legislatively denying people the economic support that’s needed to sustain and uphold the ideology of Christmas in real-time on the other hand.
It’s one thing to be able to say “Merry Christmas,” but it’s something totally different to be able to actually afford to have a “Merry Christmas.” And when you consider the statements like the 47 percent debacle of former presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, when he criticized 47 percent of the country for being what he saw as “lazy” and “irresponsible,” or when he blamed his presidential loss to President Obama on the handout effect that supposedly caused a nation full of empty-handed freeloaders to re-elect the incumbent, the conservative argument and the Christmas ideology seem to be at odds.
In fact, Romney even went so far as to compare President Obama to a wealth spreading Santa Claus with a sack full of entitlement goodies for the shiftless, non-traditional part of this new America that only wants free stuff, which is a sentiment that was proudly echoed by Bill O’Reilly—the same man who is all about protecting the essence of Christmas for you and me. By one standard it’s wrong to be a socialistic Santa, but by another standard it’s okay to go out and beat the political drum as a soldier in the “War on Christmas.”
But, it’s like President Obama told Mitt Romney during the presidential debates: “The math just doesn’t add up”; you can’t sell an unjust “War on Christmas” while arrogantly wearing an entitlement cutting, welfare criticizing, unemployment benefits ending, Big Bird defunding Grinch hat! And based on the re-election of President Obama, it certainly appears to be safe to assume that the non-conservative wing of the public is smart enough to figure that out.
So whenever Fox News and its merry band of conservatives and Republicans squawk about the “War on Christmas,” it’s almost like listening to Casey Anthony lecture about the war on truth!