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Santa Claus Lives In Your Heart, Not in Washington, D.C. ^ | 12/25/2013 | Don Feder

Posted on 12/25/2013 9:47:40 AM PST by massmike

Old St Nick has taken a few hits this holiday season. Over at, Aisha Harris (part of the racial grievance industry) wrote a cri de coeur titled "Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore." Never mind that St. Nicholas, the third century monk who was the source of the legend, was white – as was every visual representation of him over the past 150 years.

History is so insensitive. Why can't Santa be a Polynesian surfer anyway?

"America is less and less white, but a melanin-deficient Santa remains the default in commercials, mall casting calls, and movies," Slate's "cultural blogger" kvetches. Apparently, the classic depiction of Santa Claus as an old, white dude causes "insecurity and shame" among "millions of nonwhite kids." Someone should take away Harris's laptop, before she hurts herself with it.

As an antidote to yuletide insensitivity, Harris wants to replace the fat, old, honky with – I kid you not – a penguin. "People love penguins. There are blogs dedicated entirely to their cuteness," Harris breathlessly informs us. Best of all, no one need feel excluded – except, perhaps, the walruses and polar bears.

The absurdity of replacing Santa Claus with a flightless bird aside, the obsession with inclusion never takes a holiday. Besides non-whites, the classic representation of Santa Claus as a fat, jolly, old man excludes women, the young, the slim and the cranky. Imagine the "insecurity and shame" that millions of the dour, morose and grumpy are forced to endure by Santa's incessant ho-ho-ho-ing.

It's great for kids to believe in the toy shop at the North Pole, flying reindeer, and a man who loves so much that he gives gifts to children everywhere. But, ultimately, Santa Claus lives in your heart

Santa is within us. He does not reside in our nation's capital.

I suppose it's a natural mistake to make, confusing Santa Claus and Uncle Sam. Both are elderly gents – Caucasian, to be sure – with white beards. (Imagine the psychic pain and trauma this causes to millions of nonwhite children.) Both wear a costume. Coincidentally, both were popularized in their current guise by 19th century illustrator Thomas Nast.

Too many of my fellow Americans believe in Obama Claus – the smug community-organizer elf who stuffs stockings with Obama-phones, food stamps, extended unemployment benefits, health insurance for "30 million uninsured" and other welfare state goodies.

But does Santa steal to pay for the presents he leaves? Does he pick the pockets of parents to buy toys for kids? Does he spy, harass, lie and intimidate? Does he monetize the debt by inflating the currency? Is his sleigh loaded with 7% unemployment, growing dependency, and fatherless families? Does he promote poverty, which increased 16.7% under Obama?

Does Santa vacation at posh Martha's Vineyard digs, spend more time on the links than in the workshop, and then lecture us on our obligation to the less-fortunate?

Where do the presents in Obama Claus's bag come from? Do elves in the North Pole make them, or are they extracted from the peasantry? Are the "rich" the reindeer harnessed to this Santa's sleigh? With the energy expended in pulling it, is there any left over for creating wealth and generating jobs?

The spirit of human kindness does not drive us to larceny, regimentation and destruction of the economy.

Symbols are important – cupid for love, the flag for loyalty – though the virtues they represent exist independently.

It's nice to have a merry old fellow with a twinkle in his eye to personify kindness and the urge to give – especially at a time of the year that represents sharing for so many. The warmth of the ideal penetrates even the cold and dark of the season.

Newspaperman Francis Pharcellus Church had it right in an 1897 editorial answer to little Virginia O'Hanlon. "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He lives as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist."

He lives in all of us, if we connect with him. When you put change in a Salvation Army kettle, when you donate to a food bank, when you volunteer for a charity, when you spend time with a child, when you try to sooth a troubled spirit, when you reach out to a stranger – you are Santa Claus.

This Santa can do anything – even overcome bureaucratic inanity, racial grievances and politically correct penguins.

TOPICS: Chit/Chat
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1 posted on 12/25/2013 9:47:40 AM PST by massmike
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Harris wants to replace the fat, old, honky with – I kid you not – a penguin

I nominate Opus.

2 posted on 12/25/2013 10:00:20 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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sad to say but true the name “Aisha” is probably all the information i need to know to figure where the article is going.

3 posted on 12/25/2013 10:02:30 AM PST by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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To: massmike

Baracka Claus lives in Washington,DC(when he’s not out at Andrews making”mulligans”!!!

4 posted on 12/25/2013 11:19:47 AM PST by bandleader
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