5 Ways Republicans Are Waging the REAL War on Christmas

It’s the Christmas season – a time when churchgoing Americans come together to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and moan about a supposed “war on Christmas.” While rightwing pundits may have appointed themselves protectors of the Christian holiday, a closer inspection shows that conservatives might want to point the finger at themselves when it comes to acts that ruin the holiday season.

Forget the supposed liberal conspiracy. Let’s look at 5 ways Republicans are actually waging war on Christmas:

1. Attempting to Kill the Post Office

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The Christmas season is generally the busiest time of the year for shipping companies. Between holiday cards, online shopping and sending gifts to loved ones who live far away – activities that are synonymous with Christmas at this point -  a lot of envelopes and boxes are delivered by the United States Postal Service.

However, Republican lawmakers have done everything they can to bankrupt the post office and put it permanently out of business. Despite being guaranteed by the Constitution, the post office is vulnerable to budget cuts and unrealistic demands that it have the money to cover workers’ retirements 75 years in advance.

Private enterprise can do some of the heavy lifting, but we’ve learned we can’t count on them during the holiday rush. Just two Christmases ago, both FedEx and UPS admit that they were behind on their deliveries and plenty of kids wouldn’t get their presents by Christmas. Without the USPS doing its large part, consider this Christmas convenience a lost tradition. After all, Santa Claus can’t deliver all the presents!

2. Warmongering

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While Democrats help perpetuate the war machine as well, it’s hard to deny that Republicans have taken the lead in calling for attacks on foreign countries, often with dubious justifications. Can the U.S. really claim to cherish a holiday with the mantra “Peace on earth, good will to men” (Luke 2:14) when it is continuously at war?

Believe it or not, that question comes from the head of Catholicism himself. Pope Francis made headlines last week when he called Christmas a “charade” due to the fighting that prevails. “We are close to Christmas,” said the Pope. “There will be lights, there will be parties, bright trees, even Nativity scenes all decked out while the world continues to wage war. It’s all a charade. The world has not understood the way of peace. The whole world is at war.”

Perhaps it’s all a war on Christmas until there’s no war on Christmas.

3. Defunding Food Banks

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Around the holidays, many Americans start to give more thought to people who are less fortunate than them. That’s one reason why food banks are so popular at this time of year: volunteering food or time to the homeless is practically a Christmas staple!

One man who is not in on this plan is Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker. The Republican couldn’t care less about whether the needy have something to eat, which is why he cut 15,000 people off food stamps in the past three months. His attack on eating doesn’t stop there either – now he’s seeking to bankrupt the state’s food banks by pulling funding… just in time for the holidays! Now there’s the Christmas spirit!

Another way Walker ruined Christmas was by falling over during the annual tree lighting ceremony at the governor’s mansion. Okay, that probably didn’t ruin Christmas, but it’s fun to chuckle at his embarrassment over publicly taking a “tumble” considering how he’s planning to make the Christmases of thousands of his constituents legitimately terrible.

4. Refusing to Accept Refugees

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As hundreds of thousands of refugees flee Syria to save their families, Republican governors are far from accepting them with open arms. In fact, most of them are openly proclaiming they would defy federal law and refuse to allow refugees in their states out of fear that a handful could be undercover members of ISIS.

Fortunately, people on social media have humorously and accurately pointed out the hypocrisy in these statements. The same politicians that are dismissing refugees will most likely sit in church this Christmas Eve, hear the story of Jesus’s birth and still willfully ignore the story’s parallels to modern day life.

5. Calling for Boycotts on Non-Christian Convenience Store Owners

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State Representative Alan Harper, a Republican serving in the Alabama House, posted a shocking “holiday” message online this week:

“The [convenience] stores/tobacco outlets, etc. with the lights around the windows and doors are not owned by God fearing Christians. In large part, these stores are owned by folk that send their profits back to their homeland and then in turn use these funds against our country to create turmoil, fear and in some cases death and destruction. I realize I’m ‘painting with a broad brush’ here, but the madness has to stop. Please join me in making the extra effort to never support these stores/shops! I am trying to do my part and I know you will too. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May God Bless.”

Hmmm… I’m not sure that tacking “Merry Christmas” to the end of a racist, fear-mongering tirade really captures the spirit of the season. Let’s get something straight – first Republican politicians get angry at the presence of non-Christians who supposedly hinder Christmas from becoming a national celebration. Then when non-Christians put up lights to participate in the holiday traditions, they’re accused of trying to trick you into spending money there so they can use your money to fund terrorism plots?

What a bigoted, backwards boycott attempt. Rep. Harper better expect coal in his stocking this year.

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93 comments

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Claire Cairns-Trouard

It would be a dream come true to have NO political rhetoric at Christmas! Just once a year they would have to shut-up!

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james C.
james C2 years ago

Being a so called non-Christian, I still put up lights and send cards to my friends, why do I do that, it makes my friends happy.

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Kathryn Irby
Past Member 2 years ago

Oh yes, they've been wanting to make the post office a thing of the past! And, oh my!! How they love to go to war!! Another known fact!!

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Dena Barrett
Dena Barrett2 years ago

Let us encourage all those who do not want to celebrate and appreciate the diversity that is the real America to move to Texas (sorry all those decent people who live in Texas, we will gladly welcome you in the rest of this country). Then we can allow them to seceed from our country and found their own nation where everyone can all think alike, talk alike, worship alike. They can hate homosexuals, poor people, women, immigrants and Muslims to their heart's content. Everyone can carry guns and shoot each other, pollute, slaughter animals and refuse to protect the environment. Then the rest of us can go on with life and be decent human beings who love and care for each other.

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Donna T.
Donna T2 years ago

thank you

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Rhonda B.
Rhonda B2 years ago

Noted.

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Rhonda B.
Rhonda B2 years ago

Noted

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Robin Pasholk
Robin Pasholk2 years ago

There are two types of adherents to any religion: those who are too busy talking about it to live it, and those who are too busy living it to talk about it. I know which group I want to be numbered under.

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Mark Vaughan
Mark Vaughan2 years ago

The Conservative Right in this nation does not serve Christ; they serve Mammon. They shout their faith from the rooftops and on the street corners (Matthew 6:5) but their every action serves their bottom line (Matthew 6:24. You cannot serve G*d and Mammon.) Let's face it, our country is run by Mammonites.

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