As always, self-important public and private figures never hold back from declaring ‘wars’ on certain substances or tactics which prove forever futile. The 40,000 corpses lined across the Mexican border in the four years speak for the ‘Drug War’, while millions of dead civilians across the Middle East demonstrate the impact of the ‘War on Terror’.
This time, those same forces who advocate for more mass incarceration of low-level drug users and continued occupation of countries across the world in the name of eliminating a problem created by occupation, claim that a ‘war’ has been made against them. Namely, the ‘War on Christmas’.
The talking heads bloviate while always-willing-to-hate citizens and viewers build up fake outrage against a non-existent problem.
To most secular individuals today, Christmas is what it always has been: a commercial holiday.
It’s a time for putting a large tree in your house with presents for the children; festive lights spread around the houses and street lamps of a town; large family get-togethers with food and wine; general cheer and celebration for life and discovery.
These are measures of goodwill which Ayn Rand noted to be the “largely unobserved parts” of modern Christianity.
However, the season for goodwill and generosity also incites the believing masses into sparking outrage against those who do not believe. The biggest ally in this ‘war’ is Fox News, which Jon Stewart easily lambastes in this genius comedic deconstruction.
Notably, this week’s clip of the week had to be of Eric “I’m a Christian warmonger” Bolling on Fox Business, kicking off a guest who questioned the use of public money and space to promote the nativity scene. The point too far, it seems, was when the guest began questioning the morals of Christianity and the existence of hell.
This was obviously too much for the saintly Eric Bolling, who often preaches the assassination of Julian Assange, recommends violence against Muslims, applauds torture at Guantanamo Bay prison, claims that ‘civil liberties’ are out of control, praises continued invasion of Middle Eastern countries, and believes users of marijuana should be imprisoned for life.
Of course, these are ‘Christian’ positions which Jesus himself would have preached. Or so they say.
In the meantime, however, the neoconservatives and self-dubbed ‘moral majority’ will continue to invoke yet another fake war to promote an agenda which runs contrary to freedom, liberty, and moral values.
The Christian spirit is in the air.