Sunday, December 2, 2012

And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath

Dangerous Reactionary Refusing to Abandon Wicked Tradition
     According to the Catechism of Political Correctness, all traditions are wicked, oppressive, and unhealthy. They must be thrown out. Not only that, they must not even be portrayed in literary or historical context without disclaimers. Better yet, just re-write the literature and re-paint the paintings so that innocent children are not fooled into thinking traditions are acceptable.

     Case in point: A certain busybody has decreed, on her own authority, that St. Nicholas has put away his tobacco pipe for good. He has given up smoking. The busybody has removed two lines from the Clement Moore poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas” and commissioned a new illustration of Santa without his signature “stump of a pipe.”

     It just never ends. The only thing I can think to do is light up a bowl of Rattray’s Old Gowrie and cherish one petty vice while it is still legal.  The clock is ticking.


  1. With the recent efforts to legalize marijuana, perhaps new editions of the poem will come with marginal commentary explaining to readers that St. Nick smoked cannabis in his pipe. But this could be just the beginning: what about those other inconvenient elements of the story so inappropriate for our modern era like fur, chubby, old, and work, not to mention animal cruelty.

  2. Well said, Lee, and glad you stopped by. It is always as you suggest with the Left, which is just as interested in moral micromanagement of others' lives as the Religious Right. (If all be told, perhaps more so.) The difference is merely in the specific activities that are prohibited.