Season of miracles
’Tis the season to be jolly. The Christmas season brings out the best in people.
Look what Christmas did for Charles Dickens’ longtime tight-fisted conservative Ebenezer Scrooge, best remembered as declaring “Bah humbug” to express his sentiments about Dec. 25.
The season worked its magic on the old miser with visitations of the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.
Their social calls were so effective; Scrooge gives his overworked and underpaid employee, Bob Cratchit, a raise. He became a true liberal of whom it was said, “He knew how to keep Christmas well.”
Then we have The Grinch That Stole Christmas. Extremely conservative Grinch is driven to distraction by the happy liberals who live in Whoville. He abhors their singing, laughing and other expressions of seasonal joy.
What to do? The Republicans have already cut food stamp recipients by $36 a month. He decides to steal Christmas and hitches eight like-minded conservatives to his sled. On Mach, on Narhgang, on Roberts, on Zoltner, on Gore, on Bubba. On Davis and Cox.
He steals all the food and presents, but on Christmas Day, the Whos are still singing, laughing and are joyful.
Unexpectedly, the Grinch’s tiny conservative heart grows 10 times to a liberal-sized heart and he brings all the food and presents back.
Christmas works miracles on lots of people, both imaginary and real.
John Nance Garner,