Well, here we all are, it’s down to a couple of days before Christmas and rather than celebrating the day our savior’s birth, we’re spending most of our waking moments locked in mortal combat about all kinds of political correctness, number one of which was whether or not Santa Claus was white!
Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t it just last year or the year before that we got all tangled up about whether it was politically correct to say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays?”
I know it’s not for me to suggest which way might be the most right and proper, I’ll simply suggest that at every retirement community where I’ve entertained, so far the general consensus seems to be that folks would much rather sing “I’m dreaming of a White Christmas,” rather than “I’m dreaming of a White Holiday!” That white thing really has a way of hanging around!
Story number two that we added to our feeling of joy and giving at Christmas time belongs to a Mr. Phil Robertson who got himself suspended from a now famous TV show named Duck Dynasty. By now, I’m sure you all know the comments, and no doubt you know the story. Mr. Robertson who lays claim to being a devout Christian, family man and believer, got himself busted off his own TV show for offering his opinions on everything from comparisons about men’s and women’s private parts and same sex marriage to what them folks was singin’ when they was hoeing ‘dat cotton in the fields back home when he was a kid. Maybe it wasn’t the blues, but I’d be willing to bet a couple of bucks it damn sure wasn’t “I feel pretty” from West Side Story either!
No sooner was Mr. Robertson suspended than all the politically correct camps chose up sides, forgot about the spirit of Christmas and joyfulness and began pot shotting each other from every angle. The governor of the great state of Louisiana who evidently has some things to learn about the 1st amendment started lecturing the rest of us about the first amendment! Even Sarah Palin who can probably see those cotton fields from her house came out of hiding long enough to lambaste us all about political correctness before she disappeared again, and on and on it goes.
One message we all got loud and clear during this time when we celebrate the birth of Christ, is that Mr. Robertson has a right to his opinion and to speak his mind. That’s true, I believe he does. At the same time, if we’re all going to be so politically correct, I also believe folks in the NAACP have a right to speak theirs just as graphically, and Mr. Robertson might want to pay attention! While we’re at it, let’s include the folks in LULAC (the League of United Latin American Citizens.) who, I imagine, might have a little something to add, and we’re probably all aware that the gay community is already weighing in loud and clear.
Isn’t it ironic that in this time of the birth of Christ when one would think that we, as a country would be celebrating giving and togetherness, are as divided as we’ve ever been in our political beliefs and each side is more than ready to blame the other for our country’s political incorrectness!
My fervent wish is that someday, as a country, we might somehow be able to get as excited and sound off just as loudly about a crazed teenager running through a high school with a shotgun as we are about the mental meanderings of a Zee Zee Top looking wanabee with a TV show spouting off his spiritual and political beliefs to anyone silly enough to listen! At the bottom of it all, isn’t it like the tune title says, “Where is the love?”
Merry Christmas everybody!
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Posted by All Around Seniors at 12/24/2013 9:19 AM