Editor’s Note: I had hoped to publish this before Christmas. The best laid plans often go astray. It is being published now and I hope you can still get some of the holiday meaning and spirit from it. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.


Christmas – a time of sharing, peace, and hope. For the past four years, this column has provided a fair amount of comment and criticism of Congress, the Executive branch, and the growing, and paralyzing partisanship in government.

It may be time to share a wish-list with our elected leaders, so that they know what we want for Christmas. Using C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S, here are nine (by letter) gifts that I hope Congress and the President get for us this year, or maybe as resolutions in the new year.

C – Class – There just isn’t enough of it. And this week, I got a reminder.

While on a daily bike ride, a lady made the effort to drive her vehicle by twice to share a one-fingered salute. Once was not enough. She also yelled something unintelligible, which those people often do.

Whatever her views, much like the neighbor who plants an obscenity-laced campaign flag in the yard for our children to see, her opinion earned a heightened importance because of her sophisticated method of delivery. Ben Franklin’s once said, “Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.”  More from Ben in a moment.

H – Humor – Why not look for the comedy in life? Because life is easier, or at least more fun, if we learn to laugh. Smiles are contagious and uplifting. People do not fight while smiling. Even in this forum, when being critical I have tried to use satire, and perhaps a little humor. Some readers have noted my shortcomings in that area, but I will keep trying.

R – Responsibility — Own your actions; if you screwed up, admit it, and try harder next time. Franklin said, “Never ruin an apology with an excuse.”

On a personal note, I once fired an employee for stealing. I was subsequently sued for severance pay, which turned into a seven-month court fight. When asked to do a deposition, I leaped at the chance to tell the truth on the record. I wonder why those connected to the Capitol riot, and who claim no fault, don’t have that same eagerness to shout out their truths.

I – Integrity – Hey, this is a list for our political leaders, so please just show some – ‘nuff said.

S – Sincerity — Instead of criticizing Big Bird for getting a shot, or jetting to Cancun while your constituents freeze without power (Merry Cruz-mas, Teddy), how about a heartfelt, real thought for others? Wouldn’t we all be more impressed, and more accepting, if our leaders showed us real feelings and commitment?

Franklin’s view? “The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.”

T – Transparency – Quit blaming others and quit blocking the truth. Whether it’s short-sightedness in a troop withdrawal, or text messages during the Capitol riot, your constituents want to know the truth. Your continued effort to blame everyone else for your shortcomings is ringing hollow. Much like Responsibility, the short message here is “OWN IT.” No one believes your excuses anyway.

M – Maturity – Grow up. We are exhausted by your elementary pranks, your bullying, and your nonstop imitation of 8-year-olds; and that is an insult to youth. Name-calling, blame-shifting, partisan obstruction, and fights with Muppets do not endear you to voters. Another Franklin quote, “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”

A – Acceptance — A good suggestion can come from anywhere, so let’s find the promising idea and go with that. Let’s try friendships over confrontation, solutions over partisanship, the correct solution rather than the right or left solution. Why is that so difficult? Are you working “for the people” or just for some people?

S – Spirit – please help us bring back our American Spirit; you can find it in the Constitution. As reported in 1787, a lady asked Benjamin Franklin about the newly-created Constitution, stating “well, Doctor, what have we got a republic or a monarchy?” “A republic,” replied Franklin, “if you can keep it.“

I hope we can keep it.

Merry Christmas to all.


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