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Be thankful, not offended

By Joe Lambert | Published Saturday, December 15, 2018

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‘Tis the season to be offended.

Yes, and I thought it was a season of Thanksgiving, counting our blessings, giving of gifts and honoring the Christ child.

Silly me, it is the time of year the nutty and crazies come out to dash our days of love and good cheer with a bunch of things they are offended about. Such as: Santa Claus is a pervert because he obviously has been peeping in our windows, because how would he know “when you are sleeping and when you are awake.”

Another, Dean Martin’s “Baby It’s Cold Outside” is a song about holding a lady against her will, and that it implies sexism and abuse against women. Here is another: “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” Rudolph is a victim of bullying by the other reindeer and made to feel like an outsider and is not accepted because he’s different. It’s sexist, too.

How about the candy cane? It is molded in the form of a “J.” J is for Jesus, whom some people are trying to totally remove from our religious heritage and disrupt our celebration of the Advent Season.

Well, if those folks can get offended, I have a few things I am offended by, such as:

No. 1: I am offended by all the money spent by the City of Dallas and other cities, tearing down Confederate war monuments, but can’t seem to find money to hire and pay policemen and firemen.

No. 2: I am offended by the entertainment industry hypocrisy that their wealth and success comes from the disposable income of hard-working Americans with good jobs that allow people to go see their crappy movies and buy their lousy music. Yea!

No. 3: I am offended that our government would rather give our hard earned taxes to foreigners in the form of asylum payments than take care of the homeless U.S. citizens and U.S. veterans. This really ticks me off.

I could go on with my rant, but it’s the season of “Good Cheer,” and I don’t want to be a downer during the Advent Season. So, I will close on a few things that I am thankful for: My wife, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, friends, this great city, Decatur, and this great country in which we live. I am proud of my friends, associates and good citizens of Decatur and Wise County.

So to all, hoist a cup of cheer and thank God for this wonderful country in which we live.

Joe Lambert is the former mayor of Decatur and a regular contributor to the Wise County Messenger.

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