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A Christmas Note: Stay True To What You Believe

A Christmas Note: Stay True To What You Believe

On this Christmas Day 2021, some things seem insurmountable. But they are not. Don’t give up. Stick together.

I’m covering today for the crew so they can enjoy Christmas without being at the computer. It’s my solemn obligation that I fulfill every year, both because it’s the right thing to do and because they threatened an insurrection (without the “legal” part) if I didn’t.

Their words are litrully violence (!) that makes me feel unsafe, unwelcomed, and marginalized.

The featured image is a bumper sticker photographed by a reader in Nashville in 2011.

Preparing this post, I found a few images and posts worth posting again, starting with:

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[Sergeant John Opanowski of the 10th Armoured Division, emerges from a dug-out built under snow in the Bastogne area. The 10th Armoured Division and the 101st Airborne Division were pinned down in the Bastogne area by General von Manteuffel’s crack Panzer Divisions – the 2nd and the 116th. Part ofAMERICAN (US) EMBASSY SECOND WORLD WAR PHOTOGRAPH LIBRARY: CLASSIFIED PRINT COLLECTION]


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Seen near Kemberlee’s house:

One of my favorite Branco cartoons, captured the time period perfectly:

Posted this video back in 2015.

Then there’s a video Mike has posted Enjoy the Best Christmas Flash Mob of All Time!

I wonder what the polling would be like in 2021/2022: Poll Finds 88% of College Students Say it’s not Offensive to Wish Strangers a Merry Christmas.

Remember, there is no war on Christmas. It’s all made up right wing propaganda.

It takes a certain pathology both to misappropriate and attempt to destroy Christmas:

We made Leslie’s day in 2011,  before she became a Legal Insurrection author:

https://twitter.com/Mutnodjmet/status/150637002331660290

But none of that is why every year I cover for the crew and write about Christmas. The reason is what I urged in 2014, Merry Christmas: Keep the faith, referencing my April 7, 2009 post, Passover Is No Time To Wish For The End Of Christian America, here’s the concluding excerpt:

Tonight is the first night of Passover, which commemorates the exodus of the Jews from Egypt, and celebrates freedom. One of the key sections from the Passover Haggadah warns of the dangers in the world:

For not just one alone has risen against us to destroy us, but in every generation they rise against us to destroy us; and the Holy One, blessed be He, saves us from their hand!

Nothing has changed in thousands of years. They still rise up in every generation to destroy us, but this time the names are not Haman or Adolf, but Mahmoud and Osama. And on this earth, it will be Christian Americans almost alone who will stand with us.

I’m reminded of the bumper sticker from the 1960′s: “If you hate cops, next time you are in trouble call a hippie. ” Jews, of all people, should not wish too hard for The End of Christian America. There is no one else to call.

So particularly at this Passover time, we should not wish too hard for the End of Christian America. We might just get it.

On this Christmas Day 2021, some things seem insurmountable. But they are not. Don’t give up. Stick together.

That’s the message from me this Christmas. Stay true to what you believe.

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Fun fact: When Hillary was Secretary of State, her code name was Evergreen.

    Pasadena Peabody in reply to p. | December 25, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Another fun fact: Hillary set up an email server at her home and then relied upon this server—email address [email protected]—for all her electronic correspondence – including official classified government email.

I believe… that Jesus is the Son of God, who came to restore the relationship between God and man; that He died for our sins; that through Him and only through Him can we have relationship with God and everlasting life for our souls.

I stand on that. I’m only 71, so possibly I’ll be able to die without having pressure to waiver, but it does not matter — I will not bend on this.

Merry Christmas William and all the L.I. staff. Thank you for all your hard work.

I have an uncle who fought at the Battle of the Bulge. Drove a tank under Patton. That is where he was wounded when his tank was blown up. Took him out of the war.

I stopped to visit Bastogne on a trip to France and spent an afternoon at a cafe at the town square where a Sherman tank was displayed as a permanent memorial. The owner of that cafe had the same name as mine so his wife (who worked the tables) brought him over to meet me. I told them about my uncle and how impressed I was at how warmly they greeted Americans here. He explained that there were still many townspeople alive who were there when the Americans liberated the town and how relieved they were that they weren’t being liberated by the Brits. Americans would release the mayors out of jail, provide supplies and medical help and generally fix things. Brits had a different attitude.

    LukeHandCool in reply to Pasadena Phil. | December 25, 2021 at 11:59 am

    What a great memory! This time of year I also think of my mother’s favorite uncle who was critically injured in the Battle of the Bulge.

Merry Christmas to all!

Best Christmas gift I received is that our daughter is expecting our first grandchild in July. I already have plans on how to spoil the first (of hopefully many) of our Jewish grandchildren. That’s America.

AF_Chief_Master_Sgt | December 25, 2021 at 12:27 pm

Merry Christmas (and an inclusive Happy Holidays) to W.J., the L.I staff, and to all of the faithful readers of this great site.

OwenKellogg-Engineer | December 25, 2021 at 12:30 pm

Thank you professor, for manning the post on behalf of your LI staff. Your thoughtfulness does not go un-noticed.

I appreciate the Bastogne stories of that Christmas in 1944. My dad was disembarking in Cherbourg at that time, and would soon join the push into Germany as part on an engineer combat battalion. They would be building bridges, and clearing streets on their way to Munich, with a stop a Dachau.

Thank you for standing in the gap in so many ways.

Iron Law: Principles are not easy. If you don’t apply them to yourself and your friends, they are not principles.

Colonel Travis | December 25, 2021 at 1:16 pm

Merry Christmas, all you wonderful Legal Insurrectioneers!

    Merry Christmas Colonel… I don’t know about wonderful,,,, I am often bewildered, chagrined, and despairing. Not today.. Nope.. there is hope in the air.

Thank you, Professor Jacobson. You truly know how to keep Christmas.
Thank you for all the good work you do over the entire year.

Among my friends who really feel the Christmas spirit are several Jews, a Muslim, and a Buddhist. The spirit of Christmas, or Passover, or Ramadan, or Vesak can and should be shared by everyone. All people should show interest, respect, and delight toward other people’s religions.

Rather than eliminating religious symbols and displays in schools and other public places, we should encourage all religious groups to show us the traditions of their religious heritage. Anyone who feigns offense at other people’s religious symbols and traditions is simply ignorant and unwilling to learn.

I believe that the American people still believe in American virtues, and only falter in their practice of same partly because too few of us set credible examples in our daily decisions and commentary.

Inspire, please.

Thank you to all at Legal Insurrection – and to all those who comment and keep LI a lively discussion. It is good to know there are people who still think for themselves and still love America.

If necessary – I would be happy to share a foxhole with most of you folks. (I mention this due to the Battle of Bastogne area photo shown in the article).

A happy Christmas to all who celebrate it, a happy December solstice to those who celebrate that, and a happy Newton’s birthday to everyone who enjoys the benefits of gravity and calculus. Or who just likes apples.

The Talmud tells us the first person to celebrate the winter solstice was Adam. He was created in September, and as the days got shorter and shorter he thought this was his punishment for the sin of the Tree of Knowledge, and that the days would eventually disappear altogether and the world would be consigned to eternal night. When the days started lengthening he took it as a sign that he’d been forgiven, and celebrated. The next year when he realized that it was a natural cycle he decided to celebrate every year when the days began getting longer, to recall the gratitude to God that he felt that first time.

If someone tells you Jesus wouldn’t want anyone to have a gun reply to them that he was killed by the government.

It’s late and everyone is again, settled down for the night and just taking a quiet moment of reflection on the day. It was a good decision to come here to L.I. for a small reprieve before turning off the tree lights, as it’s always reaffirming to find a group of kindred and regular posters who enjoy and respect each other. It’s also especially appreciated the quality and devotion which Prof. J. and his staff bring to this web site that has grown so rapidly under his guidance and their combined talents. So a belated Merry Christmas to all and looking to a Happy 2022 New Year here at L.I.

Thank you for posting the “Hallelujah Chorus” flash mob. It made me tearful and joyful at the same time. Joyful for the beauty of the music, the reason, the season, the way people were happy and together in celebration and appreciation. Tearful because I so miss those days!
Crowds of people united, cheerful, loving and kind!
Praying for it to return.
May God bless you Professor and all of you here at LI.