Friday, December 25, 2015

If Scrooge Were Alive Today, He'd Probably Be A Liberal

A left-wing blogger had this to say about Christmas: It is, he wrote, "a thoroughly illiberal event, at odds with everything that liberals stand for."
A Pew poll found that just 32% of Democrats prefer the phrase "Merry Christmas" to something more generic like "season's greetings."
Anyone care to guess whom these people sound like?
Here's a clue. One of the characters in Charles Dickens' classic holiday tale had this to say about the holiday: "If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart."
It's right there at the opening of "A Christmas Carol," when Ebenezer Scrooge upbraids his idealistic and faithful young nephew for cheerfully offering him the now politically incorrect holiday greeting.
Read the rest of the tale and you come away realizing that Scrooge — that is, the dour, cynical Scrooge at the start of the tale — has far more in common with modern-day liberals than conservatives.
Yet, somehow, it's always conservatives who get tagged as Scrooges. (Just do a Google search of "Scrooge Republican" to see.)
Read the rest of John Merlne's op-ed HERE.

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