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The Holiday Season And Partisan Politics

President's Message

Friday, December 18th 2009

CFFA President,

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For this week’s commentary I thought I would pass along a couple of thoughts about the holiday season and partisan politics. With Christmas only one week away, now is probably a very good time for everyone to take a few moments to reflect on what the season really means. What should be a time of thanks and “goodwill towards all” has morphed for too many people into a commercial, stressful and hectic time where even our greetings to our fellow citizens are more than ever impacted by politics and political correctness.

Not too many would disagree that the political scene in both Sacramento and Washington, D.C. has moved in an increasingly partisan fashion as the years pass. Sensitivity from one party about diversity and the wide range of religious beliefs has led to the requirement that the term “Happy Holidays” must be used while the other side of the aisle reacts to the loss of the traditional “Merry Christmas” by using that term exclusively and lamenting the lack of American values and the real “reason for the season”. In other words, we have come to the point where even the way we address each other stakes out where we are on the political spectrum. Enough of this symbolism please.

My hope for this Christmas is that politicians focus more on the tangible leadership we need in a bi-partisan fashion and less on what letter appears after their names. So whether it’s Hanukah, Kwanzaa or Christmas, a great present to receive would be for all our elected officials to get beyond the political correctness and partisan posturing, and provide true value for their constituents.

Merry Christmas, happy holidays and best wishes for the New Year!

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