Sunday, December 25, 2016

Happy holidays

In the midst of holiday celebrations (my traditional take-out chinese christams dinner was satisfying, as usual) Digby notices this, from Reince Preibus's RNC:
“Merry Christmas to all! Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind. Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King. We hope Americans celebrating Christmas today will enjoy a day of festivities and a renewed closeness with family and friends.
Digby characterizes this statement as poorly worded, and of course she is right, but let's probe more deeply. Consider:
  • The statement equates Trump with i) a king and ii) a messiah, promising salvation to all mankind. Is this advance word of a theocracy, with a divinity on the throne?
  • About that salvation---what are people being saved from? Is our new divine overlord going to create the living hell that he vows to rescue us from? And who is this salvation for? Just for men?
  • Why do those who celebrate Christmas need a renewed closeness with family and friends? What did they do to rupture that closeness?
  •   What of us who celebrate christmas the traditional way, by ignoring it. Are we dis-invited from a renewed closeness with family and friends? Or is Preibus assuming that we non-celebrants never frayed ties with those we love?
  • Finally, note how the statement channels Star Wars. This raises the question: who is Obi Wan? Putin? 

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