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Bah, Humbug!

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009 9:10 AM

"I think you ought to know I'm feeling very depressed."
-- Marvin the Paranoid Android

I have to admit, I'm not feeling the Christmas spirit at all this year.

It's more than the usual bitching about the insane/inane commercialism that is force-fed the public from before the last cry of 'Trick or Treat!' has faded into Halloween night.

It's more than the dismay I feel as a Christian when I see others of my faith browbeating and berating people for not believing exactly as they do, filing lawsuits to force people to celebrate the Christian holiday, or pass resolutions in Congress that are more about perpetuating the myth of a 'Christian nation' than honoring Christ Jesus and what He taught us. It's seeing the hypocrisy as they insist gays and lesbians are going to burn in hell, but conveniently ignore their own kind when they commit adultery.

It's more than watching our elected representatives on both sides of the aisle quibble and argue and backstab each other when we have people dying every single day from a lack of health care. It's disgusting how we, somehow, found 'moral clarity' in a policy of torture and an ability to ignore its architects, but we simply can't be arsed to get our act together on providing affordable health insurance to our citizenry.

It's seeing news stories about our closing schools because of poorly-managed cities. Of 14 year-old boys raping 12 year-old girls. Of the constant freakshow of 'real Americans' insisting our current president is some foreign-born Socialist Marxist Fascist Secret-Muslim space alien.

It's seeing that we truly have lost our ability to think critically, whether you choose the political arena or a subject like global warming (one side is correct, so the other side gets equal time, even if it's wrong - and that's true no matter which side you stand on).

It's seeing younger people on the internet - they don't want to do their school work, they all want to be rich and famous, and they've got Christmas wish lists that total hundreds of dollars with nary a thought to, "Gee, how are my folks doing in this economy?"

We are an increasingly stupid, fearful, petty, self-absorbed and self-destructive society. We no longer look to get along with one another because we're buying into this reality-television mentality where you can vote people off the island or screw someone over for a million bucks. Zero-sum thinking, zero-sum emoting ('cause I've seen some liberals dish out as much vitriol and rabid hatred as the far-right adherents they despise).

There's a saying that the mind that created the problem cannot solve the problem - and that's for sure. We cannot win through the problems facing this still great nation until we recapture our honesty and integrity.

That's what I'd like to see for Christmas. Not paeans to war as we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace; nor dishonest posturing about health care 'reform' as we celebrate the birth of a man whose ministry specifically addressed healing those who had no other recourse and no one to turn to.

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