The Politics of Outrage: Merry Christmas Edition

Angry child with Santa Claus for a gift wrong

With all that’s going wrong in the world today, you’d think the perpetually annoyed would have enough to occupy their time, without jumping at the slightest, most insignificant morsels.


I’ve discussed the matter of “Merry Christmas” before, and how insignificant it is, whether we say it or not, in the grand scheme of faith and life.

Well, I’m equally exhausted with those who leap at the chance to use a simple phrase meant to express glad tidings as a breathtaking offense.

Take for instance, the exchange between U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and CNN “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper.

At the conclusion of an otherwise substantive discussion, which ranged from talks about Trump’s Jerusalem announcement to the recent decision by Rep. John Lewis’ decision not to attend the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, in protest of President Trump’s attendance, Tapper and Haley exchanged holiday greetings.

After Tapper wished the ambassador a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year, Haley followed up with “Merry Christmas,” herself.

It was all very cordial.

Then you get spastics like this guy.

Yes, Jake Tapper is Jewish. Jews don’t generally celebrate Christmas, for obvious reasons.

Does that mean that Haley was being insensitive? Was she taking a swipe at Tapper’s Jewish faith?


I don’t think that was it, at all. I think it was an honest reaction and meant with good will. When you get enough guys like this social justice warrior, who seems to be outraged on Tapper’s behalf, simple issues become complicated.

Somehow, I don’t see Jake Tapper throwing himself across his bed and screaming into his pillow over this one.

Oh, look, I’m right.

And it’s not an issue confined to the liberal left. The right has its own share of politically motivated criers.

Coffee cups.

The great part about throwing your hands up to the politics of right and left, stepping back, and deciding to judge everything on the merits (easy to do when you realize both sides have become really horrible), is you gain a clarity you can’t have with rampant partisanship.



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