The end of November marked a triumph for President Trump: saying merry Christmas. Throughout the year, he has made a point to acknowledge his vendetta against the so-called war on Christmas.
It seems that Trump and many other Republican political leaders have forgotten that the United States is not a mandatory religious country. Among many, the separation of church and state is often ignored. While there is nothing wrong with wishing someone a merry Christmas, the entire concept of being angry when someone does not say merry Christmas to you — especially when you are a political figure — seems un-American in itself.
The US is not a Christian nation. A trip to the mall does not entitle anyone to specifically hear wishes of a merry Christmas during the holiday season. Throughout the last few years, people have been angry across the internet about people saying happy holidays instead of merry Christmas as they leave the checkout counter.
You are not owed a singled out acknowledgment of your holiday of choice. Some companies have policies to be inclusive. This is specifically meant to be considerate of all backgrounds and celebrations. To be offended by inclusion is nothing more than an offense to tolerance.
Additionally, people often choose to say happy holidays throughout the holiday season in order to avoid listing all of the holidays. It covers all the bases from Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Years and everything in between. Saying happy holidays is not an attack on Christianity or a personal attack to anyone.
For a group that constantly complains of liberal snowflakes wanting trigger warnings and safe spaces, it is slightly odd to be complaining about such a simple change of language. It is much stranger when factoring in just how little — if at all — this change actually is.
Constant criticism of former President Barack Obama is a staple of Trump’s speeches and the rhetoric of many other conservatives. The idea of bringing back Christmas to the White House is again most likely a jab at Obama regardless of him consistently celebrating Christmas in an open manner. During all eight years of his presidency, Obama tweeted, posted pictures and included his wishes of a merry Christmas in videos. The perceived lack of Christmas spirit in the White House seems like a misconception at best.
Most complaints about this war on Christmas come from the same attitude conservatives hold toward political correctness. There is no harm to mainstream or traditional values. Instead, it simply acknowledges others. The idea of political correctness destroying America is of the same misguided viewpoint.
Being considerate of other people is not harmful. No one’s personal sense of entitlement is worth more than giving someone basic respect.
Realistically, this is all the argument is about. Respect is severely lacking when it comes to Trump. Nothing and no one is off limits, and the demonization of political correctness is often the excuse for whatever and whoever he targets.
Many of his supporters follow suit, and this is especially true now in regards to the approaching Christmas holiday. The first weekend of December alone has already seen a less considerate tone here in Cleveland. Groups of adults in Christmas sweaters swarmed the streets on Saturday, and some threw trash at strangers near Public Square.
As we finish the holiday season in the next month, we should all take a moment to make sure we stay respectful to those around us. Dealing with the holidays in the Trump era already seems like getting a full month of that one racist uncle everyone seems to have, but be kind. Be inclusive. Be the level of respect you want in return, and do not tolerate less than that. And of course, happy holidays.