It’s a Party in America . . . Tax Refunds Arrived!

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Our federal tax refund arrived! Whoo-hoo! We get back money which was ours all along, but was on loan to the government, interest-free . . . hey, suddenly this deal doesn’t sound so great after all . . . .

American Fascism 2017

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It’s easy to throw words like “fascism” around without really thinking about their definitions . . . so I looked the word up, to reexamine it. In my opinion, the “shoe fits,” as the saying goes, whether you call it “American fascism,” or simply “Trumpism.” Just look at the details of the Google-provided definition above:

  • Authoritarian? Check.
  • Nationalistic? “Make America Great Again!” “America First!”
  • Right-wing? Very much so.
  • Government? Firm control of two of three branches, at the moment.
  • Social organization? They’re working on that, in the usual “us and them” form.
  • Extreme? Almost comically so.
  • Intolerant? Vividly so.

What’s more, all of this is apparent after Donald Trump has been in office for only a week.

Calvin and Hobbes, and the Peanuts Gang: Describing Christmas in America

The cartoonists Charles Schultz knew, and Bill Watterson knows, an immense amount about the uniquely American way to celebrate Christmas.

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Their work speaks for itself. no-money

I hope you enjoy these cartoons, and have both a Happy Christmas and Merry New Year.

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Please buy the books with these comic strips. They’re easy to find on Amazon, and many other places. 

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Books make excellent gifts, not just for holidays, but at any time. Christmas is also a time associated with eating good food, too, of course. Calvin’s table manners are atrocious, of course, but his parents do try.

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Christmas Break, Winter vacation, or whatever you choose to call it gives us all time to be with our families and friends.

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Santa Claus is also a big part of Christmas in America. Whether we like it or not, the same is true of capitalism.

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Reality often clashes with our ideals. That’s part of being human, in any season.

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An emotionally-charged phrase, “true meaning of Christmas,” is repeatedly explained, forgotten, rediscovered, celebrated, etc. — and, of course, we argue about it. We’re Americans, after all.

Sometimes, we also listen to each other. Other times, we don’t, even when we need to, and the opportunity presents itself. 

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The holiday season is often rough on those of us who struggle with depression. These cartoonists tackled such issues head-on. However, they never claimed to have all the answers.

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Happy Christmas, and Merry New Year, to you and yours.

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Peace be with you.

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One thing both comic strips have in common is a focus on children and childhood. Reading them can help one keep from losing the essence of youth, no matter what age one reaches.

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Bill Watterson, Charles Schultz: thank you for sharing your ideas about Christmas, and life itself, with us, over the decades. I’ll let Schultz have the last word.

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