Christmas has come to figure oddly in the political debates on Capitol Hill. It seems to have started with Republican Senator Jim DeMint. He said that it was “sacrilegious” to push debates right up against the Christmas holiday.
“We shouldn’t be jamming a major arms control treaty up against Christmas; it’s sacrilegious and disrespectful,” DeMint said, according to POLITICO. “What’s going on here is just wrong. This is the most sacred holiday for Christians.” He didn’t mention the tax bill, but that’s clearly in the mix. Since his remarks, even Vice President Biden has had to state that he “understands Christmas” when talking about the pre-Christmas political agenda.
With all due respect to the Senator from South Carolina, maybe Christmas is the right time to consider these issues. Arms control is a step towards world peace. And, the timing of Christmas directly relates to both religious reflections on peace—and to taxation. Mary and Joseph were traveling in response to a governmental decree when Jesus was born. According to the King James Bible, “And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.”
DeMint sees the pre-Christmas legislation as a ploy by Democrats “to rush through an agenda voters rejected and hoping that Americans are too busy with the holidays to notice,” quotes POLITCO. Maybe the good Senator and his colleagues should infuse their legislation with a little bit of the true spirit of Christmas.
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