Talk about where politics, issues, culture and values intersect — actually where they do not intersect — and the vacuous thinking that separates them in the minds of some in elected office. A case in point is 3rd District U.S. Representative Bobby Scott (D-Newport News) and his vote against a House resolution Tuesday night recognizing the significance of Christmas. How out of touch is he? Only eight of his like-minded lefties joined him.
The resolution "controversially" states that "Christmas, a holiday of great significance to Americans and many other cultures and nationalities, is celebrated annually by Christians throughout the United States and the world" and "the United States, being founded as a constitutional republic in the traditions of western civilization, finds much in its history that points observers back to its Judeo-Christian roots."
Rep. Scott must feel some pressure for he was compelled to issue a statement. We'd love to know what he really thinks, because the feeble rationale in his statement can't be for real. It says, "Congress in just these past few weeks has failed to override a presidential veto of legislation that would provide healthcare to 10 million low-income children and also failed to override a presidential veto of legislation that would increase education funding by $20 million."
If this was a search engine, the relevance score would be somewhere, near, around, about, oh, who knows? Let's just say . . . zero! Not only is his argument incoherent, it's hypocritical. Earlier this year he voted for a resolution that recognized the "commencement of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting and spiritual renewal," and which commended Muslims in the United States and throughout the world for their faith — similar language to the Christmas resolution. If it's fine and well then for Ramadan, Rep. Scott, why not now for Christmas, which is, after all, a national holiday? Must not have been any failed redistributionist bills that week to set him off.
If Rep. Scott has a gripe about recognizing Christmas, he should be a real man of his convictions and introduce a resolution calling for the repeal of the Christmas holiday. A further irony is that the resolution calls for the rejection of bigotry — something Rep. Scott should appreciate — against Christians in the U.S. and abroad. More than bigotry, persecution against Christians is practiced in leftist havens such as Cuba and China, as well in some Muslim countries.
But since Rep. Scott is so proud of his vote, why not engage him? Since he doesn't agree with Christmas' significance, we're sure he's working (probably on more ways to confiscate our money) throughout Christmas. Feel free to e-mail him or call him at his D.C. office (202-225-8351). But if he is back home for the "holidays" try him in Newport News (757-380-1000); or maybe he's at his Richmond office (804-644-4845) where he's taking in the historic sights thanks to Virginia Senator Tommy Norment (sorry, just can't resist). Either way, we're sure Rep. Scott will love your Christmas wishes.