American tradition sets aside every fourth Thursday in November as a time for people to thank God for their blessings, eat too much, and toss the football around.
Liberals have started a new tradition in recent years that I don’t like nearly as much—pushing their political agenda at the dinner table. In days gone by, civility dictated that politics was not on the menu. But no longer! Liberals now consider Thanksgiving the perfect opportunity to get preachy with their loved ones.
The White House-affiliated Organizing for America (OFA), an instrument of President Obama’s perpetual campaign, released this week its guide for discussing Obamacare at Thanksgiving dinner. Super! Now your halfwit liberal cousin can recite White House talking points to you about the merits of the most ill-conceived piece of legislation the world has ever known.
The guide is not designed as a how-to instruction manual to befuddle that silly uncle of yours who thinks Obamacare sucks. Its primary goal is to urge family members to sign up through the exchanges, and to counter the negativism of people who think it’s too complicated or expensive to bother with. We all know it’s not complicated at all because gobs of people have already successfully signed up online. (That was a joke.)
Getting people into the system is vital. If more people don’t start utilizing the exchanges, the whole system will crash. The odds of signing up enough people are looking longer and longer with each passing day.
I must admit that OFA’s approach surprises me. I had assumed that the guide would provide snappy comebacks to paranoid Uncle Larry’s assertion that he’s losing his health insurance. Accusing him of racism, for example, would be a suitable rebuttal to any argument Uncle Larry might throw out there. OFA’s Thanksgiving plan of attack does not however, provide tips on how to tap-dance around the fact that Uncle Larry, like two million other Americans, liked his plan just fine and he still can’t keep it. I guess they’ve given up trying to defend that falsehood.
OFA is not the only group offering helpful tips on how to ruin your family’s meal. Mayors Against Illegal Guns—which really ought to call itself Mayors for Making Guns Illegal—also has a Thanksgiving guide to its pet issue. “Everyone has friends and relatives with strong opinions and shaky facts,” says the guide. “You can help set the table straight — all you need is this simple guide to Talking Turkey about guns!” The guide then goes on to supposedly debunk some “myths” surrounding the gun debate.
In 2011, Planned Parenthood urged abortion enthusiasts to talk their families about “reproductive health” at Thanksgiving. What could be more appropriate dinner conversation? PP’s guide advises: “Debating when life begins or whether or not abortion is federally funded may get you nowhere.” So steer clear of those subjects because once it is firmly established that a baby in the womb is in fact a person, the debate is really over and the pro-lifer has won. Stick to distractions and emotionalism. “Instead focus on your shared values and the big picture—for instance, talk about how you believe everyone should be able to afford to go to the doctor, or how the decision about when and whether to become a parent is a personal one.”
But the abortion debate isn’t about whether everyone should be able to afford to see a doctor. It’s about whether said doctor should be legally permitted to snuff out a child’s life. It isn’t about “when and whether to become a parent” either. It’s about people who are already parents of unborn children trying to apply a violent quick fix to the dilemma that they created themselves.
GLAAD wants its followers to use Thanksgiving as an opportunity to discuss “marriage equality.” The campaign is cleverly titled “I’m Letting Aunt Betty Feel Awkward This Thanksgiving.” If GLAAD weren’t so disingenuous, they would call it “I’m Making Aunt Betty Feel Awkward This Thanksgiving.” Better still would be “I’m Ruining Aunt Betty’s Thanksgiving Because She’s a Religious Bigot.” That seems to be the goal. The campaign urges homosexuals to talk as much as possible about their “partners,” and targets the “Aunt Betty’s” of this world who are least inclined to hear it.
It’s hard to find an issue group that doesn’t have some sort of campaign to start an argument at the table. Mother Nature Network wants you to discuss climate change while the website ColorLines thinks you should gab about racism. American Immigration Council wants you to strike up a conversation about “immigration reform,” by which they mean legalizing fifteen million people who entered this country illegally.
My advice to anyone who finds himself seated next to a bloviating, opinionated liberal this Thursday is pretty simple. Tell him to put a sock in it; or a dinner roll if he prefers. It’s that simple. Tell him you don’t care to hear that he likes dudes. Advise him that if you wanted to hear canned arguments from the White House or Planned Parenthood you’d switch on NPR. Let him know that he’s ruining your meal and your holiday.
Liberals just can’t shut up about their beloved causes. Ignorance never takes a break, not even for what used to be a sacred holiday. They just can’t understand that Thanksgiving isn’t about them, and it isn’t about abortion, gun-grabbing, or the mythical racists who live inside their heads. It’s about giving thanks to God of course. It’s also about eating turkey and drifting off into a tryptophan-induced coma while watching the Steelers play the Ravens. Now that’s a Thanksgiving tradition worth keeping.