President-elect Donald Trump recently made a stop in West Allis, Wisconsin to thank the good people of the Badger State.
During his remarks Mr. Trump told the crowd that he would fight for them and for their values while in Washington, D.C. He also took a moment to fulfill a promise he made during the presidential campaign (think of it – a candidate keeping his promise!):
“So when I started 18 months ago, I told my first crowd in Wisconsin that we are going to come back here someday and we are going to say merry Christmas again,” Trump said. “Merry Christmas — so, merry Christmas everyone. Happy New Year, but Merry Christmas. And I am here today for one main reason: to say thank you to the people of Wisconsin.”
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Apparently, Mr. Trump hadn’t heard but according to Fox News’ irascible evening host of the O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly, we’ve already won the Christmas fight. O’Reilly looked back at the last decade earlier this week and announced to his viewers that conservative pro-Christmas forces had finally won the “war on Christmas.”
You may remember, about 10 years ago, The Factor began spotlighting companies that refused to say the words “Merry Christmas.”
In fact, some of those businesses actually ordered their employees not to say it.
Well that culture war issue ignited, and we won. Most companies stopped the nonsense and Merry Christmas became a common greeting once again.
For me, it was interesting to go through that because some on the left actually denied there was any controversy at all – that I fabricated it.
More lies from a crew that is incapable of telling the truth.
Anyway this year, the American Family Association based in Tupelo, Mississippi has issued its annual Naughty or Nice list.
That tells the public which businesses are Christmas-friendly and which are not.
This year the following companies are rated five-star nice: Cracker Barrel, Hobby Lobby, Kirkland’s, Lowe’s, Michael’s Stores and Walmart.
I remember that one time Lowe’s was a problem, but obviously that has turned around.
Also on the Christmas friendly list: ACE Hardware, Banana Republic, Bass Pro Shops, Bed Bath and Beyond, Books-a-Million, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Home Depot, J.C. Penney, K-Mart, L.L. Bean, Marshall’s, Neiman Marcus, ProFlowers, RITE Aid, Sam’s Club and Toys R Us.
Again, all of those companies use the word Christmas in their advertising and promotion.
Now for the naughty companies that kind of marginalize Christmas.
Barnes and Noble, Best Buy, Foot Locker, The Gap, The Limited, Nordstrom, Office Depot, Office Max, Petsmart, Staples and Victoria’s Secret.
According to the AFA, those companies are not in the Christmas spirit.
Kind of bad news for them because Donald Trump is on the case:
TRUMP: “We’re going to start saying Merry Christmas again. (APPLAUSE) How about all those department stores? They have the bells and they have the red walls and they have the snow, but they don’t have Merry Christmas. I think they’re going to start putting up Merry Christmas.”
Now, does the Christmas deal really matter?
Since the war has basically been won, this is a clean up operation – but the information is valid.
Many Americans celebrate Christmas because they believe that Jesus is the savior and his birth should be honored.
And because it is a federal holiday, there is no reason to diminish Christmas or insult those who believe in it.
Don’t like Christmas, ignore it.
So companies and stores that embrace Christmas obviously will attract folks who feel the same way.
As for Talking Points, we’re just happy that most Americans see Christmas as a positive experience.
And we’re happy we could contribute.
I think both Mr. Trump and O’Reilly are correct here. In fact, Trump’s victory may actually be the best example of what has taken place over the last 10 years. Americans have become so exasperated with the liberal bent towards politically correct fascism that they’ve corrected by swinging all the way to Donald Trump’s politically incorrect rhetoric. In this sense, liberals PC police may actually be the very reason that Donald Trump is now the President-elect.