Off the Leash: December 15, 2016: Salutation versus insults…

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Salutation versus insults ...

I’ve been writing this column for few years now. Those of you who read “Off the Leash” have probably figured by now that I tend to lean toward the left more than I do toward the right.

Truth be told, I consider myself to be more of an issues guy: I’m liberal towards some notions and conservative on others. It really depends on what we’re talking about. 

Politically, I lean toward what works. Politics is supposed to solve problems. I don’t care if the solution comes from the left or the right, so long as the problem is solved to the benefit of the people, not just a chosen few.

As we come into the holiday season, I have to say that I take issue with the left’s obsession with political correctness. Why do we have to dance around greeting a person with a “Merry Christmas,” a “Happy Hanukkah” or a “Happy Kwanzaa,” if that’s your tradition? 

In essence, the person is wishing you well in the context of their religious tradition, or if you have no religious tradition, they are still wishing you well. I understand why a business is reticent to have their employees greet their patrons with a religious specific greeting. Target, Walmart, Costco, etc. make money during the holiday season and don’t want to alienate a potential customer.

But when a neighbor greets a neighbor on the street and wishes them well in the language of their tradition, I have to ask, what is so offensive? Have we become so sensitive that we can’t understand that person may be offering their best self in the spirit of goodwill and kinship?

Are we going out of our way to find another reason to feel victimized? Another reason to feel oppressed? This may fall into a new category that the left calls a “micro-aggression,” a slight taken by as much as what is not said than what is said. Can’t we be more generous with each other and assume that a blessing is not a veiled insult?

On the same note, many pundits and Christian leaders have declared that there is a war on Christmas. There is no war on Christmas. These people are choosing to be victims in the same way others choose to be offended by a cheerful Merry Christmas. 

They look for demons where none exist. It is “Much Ado About Nothing.” Enjoy your sacred holiday and allow others to enjoy theirs. This holiday season is not about war but, rather, about peace.

So, in the spirit of this article, I wish you a Merry Christmas. And I hope that if you run into me at the Post Office or the Town Baker or wherever we may meet, that you wish me well in the spirit of your tradition.

And I promise I will take it in the spirit of goodwill and brotherhood … or sisterhood, if that’s your bent.

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