The arrival of Christmas in 2020 seemed to take longer than in most years prior. It was preceded by months of hardship brought on by a pandemic that devastated families who lost loved ones and/or struggled to provide food, shelter, and other necessities under dire circumstances. And all of that was made worse by the negligent and incompetent mismanagement of the coronavirus crisis by Donald Trump, who never cared, and still doesn't.
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The only thing that has ever mattered to Trump is his own welfare. He has spent the last couple of months whining about having lost the presidential election. And he has directed all of his impotent energy toward a vain, futile, and increasingly pathetic campaign to “prove” that he actually won in by landslide. He is so consumed by that delusional pursuit that he has hardly even mentioned the holidays. Although lately he has played the role of a Bizarro Santa, handing out Christmas pardons to confessed crooks, war criminals, and accomplices in his betrayals of American laws and principles. There are surely more to come, including the possibility of pardons for his family and, of course, one for himself.
Meanwhile, Trump is filling the Christmas stockings of the American people with fossil fuel lumps (aka coal). He is threatening to veto a bill that contains desperately needed COVID relief funds, as well as extending unemployment benefits, the moratorium on evictions, and other programs to help people endure these troubled times. That's entirely in character for Trump because none of those things are of any use to him personally.
Also in character for Trump, he is spending Christmas day golfing with Lindsey Graham. He isn’t spending it with his wife and young son, or any other family member. He isn’t attending church. He isn’t dealing with the bombing in Nashville, And he still isn’t handling the coronavirus pandemic that is worse now than at any time since it first appeared.
The good news is that Christmas will be followed shortly by New Year's and the prospect of better times ahead. Despite his psychotic denials, Trump will be evicted from the People's House and President-elect Joe Biden will begin to restore the nation's lost dignity, compassion, unity, and optimism. That's the natural state of the American people, which will emerge again as we heal. And there will be blessedly silent nights and days without Trump's relentless blathering on Twitter, Fox News, and his lie-riddled Chopper Talks. But even as we recover, we must still remember the casualties of the past year, as well as those who sacrificed for others.
So in the spirit of the season, News Corpse would like to continue its holiday tradition by presenting a musical gift that is truly inclusive and welcoming. This is for all of those who are not huddled around a dead tree today, buried in colorfully wrapped packages. It’s for the cynics who won’t accept the notion that the birth of an alleged savior is an excuse to exchange material goods or fruitcakes that nobody likes. It is for the forsaken and forlorn, the outcasts and rebels and nonbelievers who are puzzled by the greed and commercialism that permeates the season. And yes, it’s for those who still believe that peace and goodwill are morally superior to profit and oppression. Here is Miles Davis and Bob Dorough performing the heartwarming traditional Christmas ballad Blue Xmas:
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