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What is politically correct today is an ever-changing hot potato. Until recently, I never considered whether my actions and words were politically correct. I’ve always gone with my heart, being polite, and how I was raised. I support the #MeToo movement because I respect women, and I’ve seen my wife’s pain when working as a Ford executive. While I can respect these views, they’ve taken it too far when deciding what traditional Christmas shows and music are appropriate.

I grew up in an era when we cherished the TV Christmas specials for what they were meant to be: a child’s celebration of Christmas. Until recently, I still watched these programs with child-like enjoyment, not political propaganda for left-wing extremists.

I’ve watched A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving since it came out in 1973. I watched it on the same RCA as I watched the Detroit race riots and the nightly body counts from Vietnam. My father was an abusive drunk. I was not an innocent or naïve child. Today, they’re saying that A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is politically incorrect, because there is only one African American child at the Thanksgiving dinner table. He’s sitting alone on the opposite side of the table from the “white” characters. Ironically, there were no African Americans at the original Plymouth colony feast between the Wampanoag Indians and the Pilgrims. The creators of the Charlie Brown show were trying to be “politically correct” at the time by adding an African American to the scene. I never noticed who was there as a child. Until someone made a big deal out of it, I doubt I would have ever noticed. Watching this cartoon certainly didn’t harm me or offend my racial views as a youngster, nor did my children notice. So what’s the point of taking this cherished tradition off the air?

There’s been a similar outcry over Rudolf the red-nose reindeer, because it contains bullying. Have you people noticed the point of this tale? Rudolph overcomes his physical differences and the bullying to save the day. If you’re going to bitch about bullying, why not throw out How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and my favorite, A Christmas Story?

If we’re trying to save our children from reality, why not hide the entire story of Christ as was tried with the history of the Civil War? Christ’s is not a pretty story. Better yet, make a politically correct cartoon yourselves that the network will buy. From what I’ve seen of television these days, they have nothing original.

The best solution is to make these specials a teachable moment. Sit with your children, and explain what you feel is offensive and why, or just deprive them of the experience, and don’t watch the shows. One can always read the book How the Grinch stole Christmas. Most our kids can’t read. You want to bitch about Christmas shows keep it to yourself, in your home. Let the rest of us enjoy Christmas.

I don’t even begin to understand how the 1944 song, “Baby, its cold outside.” promotes gang rape. Ironically, this song faded into obscurity until all the huff. Last I heard, it’s making a comeback

Finally, I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday. Hopefully, he New Year will grant the goals for which you’ve worked?