Among another of the latest inanities emanating from the extreme right on the political spectrum is the murmur of the cancellation of Christmas, assisted by the Biden administration. The tenuous, unevidenced connection is but another product of the porous conspiracy universe as it attempts to explain or link phenomena it cannot explain to rumors in which it believes. Occasionally, there may be a fact that is not an alternative one.
A public search of the internet indicates the Armageddon event may have initiated with a TV movie in 2010 entitled Cancel Christmas unfurling a tale about Santa Claus concluding that children had become too greedy and must prove otherwise before his favorite holiday is canceled. Santa’s mission is to teach two incorrigible children the importance of charity. In a 2015 episode of NCIS: Los Angeles, Korean spies are transported in a truckload of Christmas trees somehow substantiating the episode’s title Cancel Christmas.
Fast forward a bit to a year ago, candidate Donald Trump proclaimed at a rally in Carson City, Nevada, that if his opponent wins, “If he comes in, Carson City will become a ghost town and the Christmas season will be canceled.” Of course some were sufficiently astute and alert that the Inauguration would occur in January.
One entrepreneur commenced marketing sweatshirts with the legend “Christmas Not Canceled.” No record of sales could be identified.
During the height of the pandemic, reporters persisted in questioning federal officials such as Dr. Anthony Fauci for an opinion on the potential for Christmas to be canceled. The responses were as vague as the basis for the questions.
Credit must be accorded to the energy of the world of conspiracy to identify one extraordinary fact with one extraordinary claim: international trade supply chain problems under the Biden administration with diminished availability of products for the forthcoming Christmas season.
But credit must be accorded to the imaginative energy of the world of conspiracy to identify one extraordinary fact with one extraordinary claim: international trade supply chain problems under the Biden administration with diminished availability of products for the forthcoming Christmas season.
The Internet this past month has been peppered with items linking supply chain clogging with the coronavirus and inertia by the federal government. The carping has been broad and wide, including screeds from organizations engaged in precious metals trading. For example:
You might think after almost two years of endless mainstream media coverage blaming the coronavirus for everything, rounds of economic stimulus, and inflation that we might get to enjoy a somewhat peaceful Christmas in 2021.
The linkage may be expected to increase and intensify as the holiday season nears. But it appears that thanks to severe supply chain logistical snafus and other more complex issues and unfounded conspiracy theories, and anonymous reporters, what you might expect to exist on store shelves simply won’t be there, predict the soothsayers.
The ultimate cancel cultural rapture would be that of Christmas. And that prospect becomes to some even more credible when it may be laid in error at the feet of President. Biden, not at those of Trump. After all, Fauxy News was aghast that Biden took time for a bicycle ride near his home in Delaware, demonstrating his nonchalance and inattention to the supply chain snarls. Clearly, Biden’s lack of solutions to untangling the world supply chain so that Chinese-manufactured toys and other goods arrive to stock shelves in US megabox stores and at Amazon is a fault of a weak vision for the true meaning of Christmas.
In 1944, a popular song pleaded for children to get their two front teeth for Christmas. It’s possible that Santa could conceivably determine that such a wish reflected greed and an absence of charity justifying coal in those stockings. If the conspiracy whisperers prevail, Santa may be expected to leave a note urging the children to register for the opposition political party upon reaching voting age. In the meantime, Trump’s new social media platform could display a horde of pictures of children smiling toothlessly as part of his 2024 campaign.