THE TKC SATURDAY NIGHT PLAYLIST!!! CANCEL CHRISTMAS AND RIDICULOUS KANSAS CITY SECRET SANTA AMID THE ERA OF MEAN-SPIRITED TRUMP SUPPORTERS!!!
We can argue about the implications of Trump's rise to power or his promises and proposed policies that have more widespread support than anyone wants to admit -- But there is no debating a simple fact: Neither Trump nor his supporters are nice.
Arguments supporting America First, raging against political correctness, illegal immigration, name-calling targeting detractors are all effective and acceptable rhetorical tactics to achieve legislative aims but that doesn't mean those values are Christian, benevolent and anything more than part of the same toxic political discourse that most Americans have rejected.
Trump and his allies are bullies and Internet trolls - They have triumphed and won the White House but not the hearts and minds of people who value kindness, charity and the Christmas spirit of peace and goodwill toward humankind.
It's too late for supporters of Trump to backtrack now and offer phony conciliatory messages for the holiday season. The "Make America Great" campaign was forged by exploiting political divisions, brutally attacking all opposition and defending course malicious rhetoric in order to inspire voters to act out of concern for their own self-interest while disparaging all of those who didn't fall into a very specific demographic or ideological bent. Politically, there's absolutely nothing wrong with these tactics and they are clearly effective - But they're not Christian in any sense of the word.
And the abandonment of decorum, dignity and respect in the Republican party is parabolically apropos given that they've constantly criticized their opposition for the same kind of godless ideology.
There's the argument that all of the nasty campaigning was in service of traditional American values which do support Judeo-Christian morality professed during the holiday season ... But the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. When we ask ourselves "What Would Jesus Do?" there are many schools of thought but very few legitimate theologians would argue that firing off mean tweets and fist fighting at political rallies are in line with the "Golden Rule" taught by Christ.
TKC Reality Check: The one with the gold makes the rules.
And this brings us to the ridiculous "Secret Santa" tradition that clogs Kansas City mainstream media during the holiday season with shameless, pointless and meaningless sentimentality.
Once again we must remind Kansas City that charity can not to the work of social justice and hypocritical concern for the poor, suffering and disenfranchised during the holiday season while raging against those very same people during campaign season is not only a disgusting contradiction but also an despicably transparent political ploy.
Translation: Trump supporters can't have it both ways. Hating the poor, immigrants and minorities all year round and then relenting during Christmas IS NOT Christian in much the same way that picking and choosing the beneficiary of charities by way of demographics, nationality and political ideology is also contrary to the values which Christians profess - Charity for only a chosen few isn't generous but merely another campaign trick.
Accordingly . . .
LET'S FORGO SECRET SANTA AND CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR GIVEN THAT TRUMP COUNTY HAS CHOSEN INTOLERANCE, RAGE AND POLITICAL GAMESMANSHIP OVER TRADITIONAL CHRISTIAN VALUES IN MUCH THE SAME WAY LIBERAL PROGRESSIVES ABANDONED ANY SEMBLANCE OF OBJECTIVE MORALITY IN SERVICE OF AN ABORTION AGENDA LONG AGO!!!
And all of this is simply to remind readers that there are no "good guys" when it comes to politics now that the ideals which once served as the foundation of American Democracy have now been supplanted by reality show ethics.
On the bright side, at least some of the last remaining Kansas City radio stations have already switched over to Christmas music in order to power the season of shopping for cheap Chinese merchandise that's only partially curtailed due to limited Black Friday shutdowns that were ordered because of an increasingly larger percentage of broke-ass locals. To wit . . . Here's our 1st Christmas playlist of 2016:
White Christmas pretty much says it all amid this election season given talk of "Whitelash" in the aftermath of Trump victory.
Last Christmas deserves mention amid recent fear from the LGBT community that their rights will be rolled back during the Trump years.
Finally, "Do They Know It's Christmas" is a TKC fave not only because it's condescending and hopelessly pompous but also because it's unflinchingly British -- Which is appropriate given that this entire blog is simply a cheap cowtown knockoff of better tabloids across the pond.
Ultimately, in the spirit of the Christmas that started this year sometime around August. We wish season's greeting and happy holidays to all political combatants no matter their leanings because we believe that's what sweet baby Jesus would do AND because it's good for business. Thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night.