Excerpt from National Review
Written by Heather Wilhelm
On Tuesday morning, the Heritage Foundation, the well-known conservative think tank, composed a doozy of a tweet, queued it up, and cheerfully blasted it out to over half a million followers. “It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas,” Heritage declared, attaching a graphic of a beaming, thumbs-up, camo-hatted Donald Trump. One of Trump’s favorite rally one-liners — beloved by some, gleefully mocked by others— was helpfully superimposed on the image: “We’re going to start saying Merry Christmas again.”
Like many Americans who never stopped saying Merry Christmas in the first place — full disclosure: I sometimes also say “Happy Holidays,” “Happy Hanukkah,” or other jolly derivations on this theme — I found this somewhat confusing. Is the resurgence of “Merry Christmas,” said in concert from sea to shining sea, really a gift that President-elect Donald Trump will bestow upon America?
I suppose we can wait and see. But, all wild-eyed holiday enthusiasm aside, there is an actual gift hidden within Trump’s election: Suddenly, left-leaning partisans — many of whom have never met a government program they didn’t like, a boatload of money they didn’t want to spend on a study determining the proper gender roles of wombats, or an “incorrect” opinion they didn’t yearn to squash in the name of “free speech” — are learning to harbor a healthy distrust of big government.
It’s a holiday miracle!