We’re taking a few days off here at Indy Politics to spend time with the Lovely Mrs. Indy Politics, but I thought I’d reprint a piece I wrote last year, somehow it seemed even more appropriate.


As someone who was born and raised Muslim, I have never officially celebrated Christmas, some informal gift exchanges over the years and keeping the Lovely Mrs. Shabazz happy notwithstanding.

So on Christmas Day, my routine usually starts out with watching Monty Python’s “Life of Brian” and playing video games.   (Star Wars Battlefront rocks, by the way!)

Now with that said, I will say that in today’s political climate, I think a lot of people could use a visit or two from the spirit of Christmas.

We have gone from debate and discussion to vitriol and venom.

Every disagreement devolves into personal attacks.

And political candidates offer solutions for America that sounded better in the original German or Russian.

As a political commentator, I thrive on spirited discussion, but America has gotten ridiculous; on both sides of the spectrum.

So if I had to ask for one present this season, it would be for people to get a grip, come back off the ledge and try to keep the nonsense down to a bare minimum.

It doesn’t do us any good in the long run.

Oh, and try to see if we can get the Christmas spirit to last past the January White sale.


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