Reflections on MAGA and the War on Christmas
Some might consider it a bit late to be still harping on things like “happy holidays” versus “Merry Christmas;” or The War on Christmas.
But to me, it ties in nicely to the inane Trump slogan of “Make America Great Again.”
It was never about making America great again. America is great.
It is about tapping into the fears that an ever-shrinking conservative base of Americans that somehow are convinced that Leave it to Beaver and The Brady Bunch were real. That the Ponderosa was a real place, wrestling is not fake and that NASCAR is a real sport.
Above all, this demographic is convinced that America is a White Christian nation and will do anything to keep it anything.
When they say, Make America Great Again, they really mean, Make America WHITE again.
A time when a Black man could vote but never be President.
When they say safe to say “Merry Christmas” again, they acknowledge that there are more holidays than Christmas; but they do not want to acknowledge any of them except Thanksgiving and New Years.
It is about fear.
This is the result of over two decades of carefully planted seeds of doubts and hate of reich-wing talk radio and politics. A fear of what is different. Republicanism is driven by fear. In the early 90s, it was reasonable fears, but Fox and Limbaugh had to dial up the notch. The fires had to be fanned to keep the anger growing.
Now in 2018, the fear mongers must consume much more unreasonable claims to keep the power base they have created. It is a monster that will consume them if they do not feed their beast. We saw Toni Lahren claim that Obama created Festivus to destroy Christmas. Who knows, next we will probably see a claim that MLK day was created to destroy Columbus Day.
The Reich Wing has become the very thing they claim to loathe, they have become Big Brother. They must constantly redefine their Newspeak and Doublespeak to feed to flames of their propaganda. They must tell ever bigger and bigger lies to satiate the beast that they have created.
However, with the face of their beast, Donald Trump, it is only a matter of time before they end up consumed by its fury.