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U.S. House Reps. banned from wishing constituents ‘Merry Christmas’
Life Site News ^ | 12/20/2011 | Christine Dhanagom

Posted on 12/21/2011 5:57:44 AM PST by IbJensen

WASHINGTON, DC, December 20, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - This year, the Christmas wars are coming to Capitol Hill. Members of the House of Representatives have been banned from using the phrase “Merry Christmas” in any “franked,” or taxpayer-funded, correspondence to their constituents, but have been told that “Happy Holidays” is permissible.

A December 12 memo from the Franking Commission Staff reported by the Washington Examiner noted that the “Franking Manual” already bans using taxpayer-funded postage for correspondence whose sole purpose is to mark special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, births, retirements, or holidays.

This year, however, members are being told that even in correspondence sent for otherwise legitimate purposes, the phrase “Merry Christmas” cannot be used.

The ban extends to any e-mail, website, or social media posting that uses “official resources,” according to the memo.

“I called the commission to ask for clarification and was told no ‘Merry Christmas.’ Also told cannot say ‘Happy New Year’ but can say ‘have a happy new year’ – referencing the time period of a new year, but not the holiday,” an anonymous Hill staffer told the news service.

Another Hill staffer reported having been advised of the regulation after submitting a draft mailing.

Franking commission spokesman Salley Wood confirmed that “incidental use of the phrase Happy Holidays is permissible, but Merry Christmas is not.”

Some Congressmen, however, are fighting back.

Illinois Republican Joe Walsh and Arkansas Democrat Mike Ross sent a letter to colleagues Monday asking them to support an effort to change the rule.

“Political correctness is slowly dismantling the meaning of the Christmas and Hanukkah season,” the letter reads, according to the Huffington Post.

“We are not celebrating winter this December. We are celebrating significant moments in two religions that have fundamentally shaped our nation—and as Members of Congress who represent thousands of constituents celebrating these holidays, we ask you to reconsider these outdated and restrictive rules.”

Walsh told the Chicago Sun-Times that the rule was “political correctness run amok.”

The Senate, which operates under different rules, still allows its members to extend Christmas greetings in franked mail.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: commiegovernment; evilregime; merrychristmas
These are indeed dark days for Christianity. When the season is CHRISTmas and it becomes illegal to wish other Christians to have a Merry or a Happy Christmas, America has indeed entered the dark days of satanism.

The central socialist (and God-less) government not only needs to get out of the way of the celebration of our Savior's birth, but needs to clean out their desks and cushy offices and get the hell out of Dodge!

Politicians and their vast retinues need to leave as they're the one's responsible for our demise!

To defend Jesus Christ and Christendom is quite enough reason to begin the war against governments: federal and state!

(It is perfectly acceptable to wish muslims well during their various high holy days)

1 posted on 12/21/2011 5:57:55 AM PST by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

Is this satire??


2 posted on 12/21/2011 6:01:32 AM PST by goseminoles
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To: IbJensen

The Mulsim war against the God of the Christians and Jews proceeds unabated under the Kenyan Tyrant.


3 posted on 12/21/2011 6:03:34 AM PST by ZULU (Anybody but Romney or Huntsman)
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To: IbJensen
Abalone.

If these rip off artists want to send their constituents a Christmas card, let them pay for it from their own stash.

This is like paying for a Christmas card to be sent to yourself.

4 posted on 12/21/2011 6:04:41 AM PST by Post5203 (Newter 0bama)
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To: IbJensen
Big Brother can CHOKE ON IT!

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

(Obligatory nativity scene follows)


5 posted on 12/21/2011 6:04:55 AM PST by Mich Patriot (I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself. Ronald Reagan)
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To: goseminoles

“Is this satire??”
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We can wish, but it is probably true.
The once great USA is going to Hell in a hand-basket.

I thank God that I am no longer there to watch it.

By the way...MERRY CHRISTMAS :)


6 posted on 12/21/2011 6:06:09 AM PST by AlexW
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To: Post5203
If these rip off artists want to send their constituents a Christmas card, let them pay for it from their own stash.

This is like paying for a Christmas card to be sent to yourself.

exactly!

7 posted on 12/21/2011 6:07:23 AM PST by digger48
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To: Post5203

I’m more upset that they are being BANNED from even saying the words. The price for the cards is one thing, but to be disallowed from wishing others a Merry Christmas is everything the Founders were against.

Hook up the sarcophagi of Washington, Madison, Jefferson, and Lincoln with 00ga copper wire, and you’d generate enough electricity to power NYC for a year with them spinning in their graves so much these days.


8 posted on 12/21/2011 6:08:41 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: IbJensen

The Republican controlled house too.

Note the Democrat Senate is still allowed to say Merry Christmas. Ironic !


9 posted on 12/21/2011 6:11:21 AM PST by sickoflibs (You MUST support the lesser of two RINOs or we all die!)
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To: IbJensen

Congress ought to cut off all funding for the Franking Commission.


10 posted on 12/21/2011 6:12:01 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: IbJensen

take away the christmas vacation from anyone who wants to pull this crap....we’ll see things change really fast.


11 posted on 12/21/2011 6:14:37 AM PST by annelizly
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To: Fiji Hill
Congress ought to cut off all funding for the Franking Commission.

But then how would our poor congress critters send us crap at our expense?
12 posted on 12/21/2011 6:14:48 AM PST by FewsOrange
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To: rarestia

They’re not being banned from wishing their constituents a Merry Christmas. They are being banned from doing so in taxpayer-funded mailings. I agree with this move, insofar as I think the franking privilege should be significantly curtailed - too much of what is sent out is thinly-veiled campaign literature. Any limit on franking is a good limit on franking in my book (though I don’t care much for the obviously anti-religious angle of this particular restriction).


13 posted on 12/21/2011 6:22:35 AM PST by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: digger48; Post5203

“If these rip off artists want to send their constituents a Christmas card, let them pay for it from their own stash.”
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You totally miss the point, and come off looking like trolls.
Perhaps both of you can save face by saying that ALL franking privileges should be ended.


14 posted on 12/21/2011 6:30:50 AM PST by AlexW
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To: AlexW
I'm not missing any point, and call me any name you'd like, but they shouldn't be using my money to send me a Christmas card.

Now if they send info about what they are doing in congress for my district or my country, then let them mail it out.

I don't need any fake Christmas wishes from phony Washingtonites looking for votes.

15 posted on 12/21/2011 6:37:50 AM PST by Post5203 (Newter 0bama)
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To: AlexW
Perhaps both of you can save face by saying that ALL franking privileges should be ended.

OK...Franking priveleges should be ended.

And I still hate Christmas cards.

I make the Grinch look like a bell ringer.

16 posted on 12/21/2011 6:39:04 AM PST by digger48
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To: IbJensen

Frankly, the Franking Commission can go frank themselves.


17 posted on 12/21/2011 6:39:16 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: AlexW
I don't think he misses the point...and I agree with it too.

I do not need a congressman sending me a Christmas card on the taxpayers dollar. We all know (if you have ANY brain in your head at all) WHY 95% of them would do so...to remind you of who THEY are...in order to increase the chances of you voting for them. If it is their intention to offer you a Merry Christmas...then they can do it like I do it...with their OWN money...not with mine.

Just think how much this costs...for PRETENSE! So it can be tossed in the trash because its meaningless...because its not heartfelt?

Please tell me you understand this. Otherwise...our country truly IS lost...and we will NEVER get ahold of our budget.

18 posted on 12/21/2011 6:51:55 AM PST by NELSON111
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To: IbJensen

But it’s okay for obama to wish all the muslims a happy ramadama ding dong.


19 posted on 12/21/2011 7:00:40 AM PST by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a second party)
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To: IbJensen

How the hell do you enforce this sh*t??


20 posted on 12/21/2011 7:23:45 AM PST by Flintlock (Photo ID for all voters. Let the dead rest in peace.)
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To: IbJensen

‘Banned’? Actually, I think what they said was you can’t use taxpayer money to send ‘Merry Christmas’ cards; only Merry Jihad cards.


21 posted on 12/21/2011 7:37:32 AM PST by arrdon
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To: Conscience of a Conservative

someone always has to come along and say something rational
when others are foaming at the mouth..


22 posted on 12/21/2011 7:41:00 AM PST by RitchieAprile
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To: IbJensen

Tax payers should not have to foot the bill for politicians to send holiday greetings or Christmas cards to their supporters. The tax paying public pays for their own Christmas and holiday greeting and its about time the political hacks do the same.


23 posted on 12/21/2011 7:55:04 AM PST by kenmcg (How)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

A government that’s easy to despise!

Let’s overthrow it. Give me a candidate that sends the ‘legislators’ home and return them to Washington every other year. Give me a candidate that will eliminate AT LEAST five worthless agencies of the central socialist govenment!

Wait. Two have said they’ll do exactly that: Perry and Bachmann. Another said he’d slash over one trillion dollars during his first year in office and would abolish the evil FED.


24 posted on 12/21/2011 7:58:58 AM PST by IbJensen (Demint for President, Paul for Treasury Secretary, Apaio For AG)
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To: Flintlock

Since our government is dishonorable, they do it on the honor system.

Happy Kwanzaa is okay, as is anything ‘holy’ about the evil, pedophile religion, Islam.

“Deck the halls with bodies of stoned dead muslim woman, tra-la-la!”

Message from the Prophet: “Please stop sending ‘martyrs’ down here to the camel jockeys’ paradise; we’ve run out of virgins!”

MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FELLOW INFIDELS!


25 posted on 12/21/2011 8:06:56 AM PST by IbJensen (Demint for President, Paul for Treasury Secretary, Apaio For AG)
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To: goseminoles

No its true. But if they could say it what would the greeting sound like? “Merry Christmas. We just passed the Armed Forces Defense bill that allows us to snatch you up off the street and incarcerate you indefinitely.”


26 posted on 12/21/2011 8:14:23 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Conscience of a Conservative

Of course, it’s perfectly ok for the usurper to send out Christmas cards on my tax dollar.


27 posted on 12/21/2011 8:17:15 AM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: Conscience of a Conservative

Then perhaps abusing the franking privilege to provide for religions that are not christian is actually a violation of the establishment clause and thus, unconstitutional.

Open and shut. Congressmen can send whatever they want by the franking privilege. FUBO.


28 posted on 12/21/2011 8:29:36 AM PST by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman! 10 percent is enough for God; 9 percent is enough for government)
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To: IbJensen

I wonder how many millons of dollars we taxpayers could save if:
(1) there was NO Congressional “franking-privilege”? and
(2) there was NO Congressional Franking Commission?

I say fire this lazy conmmission and let each Congressman pay for his own stamps for his own mail — just as we citizens do.


29 posted on 12/21/2011 8:31:26 AM PST by pfony1
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To: AlexW

It just seems to get worse by the day.

Btw, I’m now in the Philippines visiting my fiancee’s family members in Iloilo, and also in eastern Mindanao (near Koronadel).


30 posted on 12/21/2011 4:05:32 PM PST by stbdside
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To: stbdside

“Btw, I’m now in the Philippines visiting my fiancee’s family members in Iloilo,
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Welcome to the Philippines.
I had girlfriends just south of Iloilo, and one in Antique.
I am over on Cebu, two hours south of the city.


31 posted on 12/21/2011 4:14:29 PM PST by AlexW
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To: AlexW

I’ve been enjoying my stay here, nice to take a break away from Obozoland.

I have been staying at Balabag, Sta. Barbara, Iloilo. I’ts an agricultural area (rice, poultry and whatnot), just north of the city.


32 posted on 12/21/2011 4:24:41 PM PST by stbdside
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To: AlexW

I’ve been enjoying my stay here, nice to take a break away from Obozoland.

I have been staying at Balabag, Sta. Barbara, Iloilo. I’ts an agricultural area (rice, poultry and whatnot), just north of the city.


33 posted on 12/21/2011 4:24:51 PM PST by stbdside
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To: stbdside

“I’ve been enjoying my stay here, nice to take a break away from Obozoland.”
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Enjoy your stay.
I have not been in the USSA since 2004, and have no intention of ever going back. I do not expect it to ever recover from the Marxist overthrow.
I moved here from Slovakia in Jan. 2009


34 posted on 12/21/2011 4:43:17 PM PST by AlexW
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To: IbJensen

Last time I checked, CHRISTmas was a national holiday. If I was in Congress, I would send a CHRISTmas greeting out and let them take me to court. It would be great theater, no?


35 posted on 01/01/2012 6:18:11 PM PST by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: IbJensen

Who is making these rules?


36 posted on 12/24/2013 8:05:18 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: IbJensen

Oh fooey, if I were a Congressman I’d ignore that. In letters about other matters, I’d still wish constituents a blessed holiday of whatever legitimate kind in the appropriate terms. Probably Christmas and Chanukah, and the latter not as politically correct but because the Festival of Lights makes a cameo in the gospels and because its Jewish story uncannily presages the Christian one. If necessary I’d even do it on my own dime if the franking people got too snotty and snooty.


37 posted on 12/24/2013 8:08:51 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

The devil is (or trying to).

It’s time for Christians to rebel, this time from within. A widespread Merry Christmas rebellion would begin to mow the evil down if we did not give in to it when it wails and screams later.


38 posted on 12/24/2013 8:10:10 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: AlexW

If you have Christ in your heart you are always home in the kingdom of heaven no matter what earthly land you’re in... and “a mighty fortress is your God.” (The world has no rights nor power to bust in, though you need to be careful not to let it in to pollute you.)


39 posted on 12/24/2013 8:12:20 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

The God-less leftists and Lamar Alexander.


40 posted on 12/24/2013 2:06:57 PM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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