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Rudolph was invented as a
marketing gimmick for Montgomery Ward in 1939, but they didn't
want him to have a red nose because it was viewed as a sign of
chronic alcoholism. Eventually Montgomery Ward's executives
listened to their copywriter, who convinced them "Rudolph the
Blue Nosed Reindeer" wouldn't work as well.
That’s what pops into my mind when I look back at
There were over 300 mass shootings in the U.S. this
year, and I don’t understand why.
It reminds me of a
commercial from the seventies called “The Crying Indian”.
It featured a Native American pulling his canoe from a
polluted river onto a polluted shore. As he looked out at the
cars passing by, someone threw out a bag full of trash that
landed at his feet, and a tear rolled down his face.
“Some people have a deep, abiding respect
for the natural beauty that was once this country. And some
people don’t. People start pollution, people can stop it.”
I wonder what George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and our
other founding fathers would think if they saw what happened in
our great country in 2017. My guess is that they’d have tears
running down their faces, too.
And they’d be as baffled
as I am.
In 2017, there were more jobs than there were
people to fill them. Home mortgage rates were under 4%.
(Mortgage rates were nearly 8% when “The Crying Indian”
commercial was released in 1971). And the list goes on.
Our quality of life is so good that it’s unbelievable.
understand that we have foreign enemies like North Korea that
want to wipe us from the face of the earth. And from what I’ve
seen of their quality of life, I can understand why they might
But what’s so baffling is why so many
Americans want to kill Americans. What are they so angry about?
Who are they so mad at?
I was an Eagle Scout who was
taught to appreciate, respect, and honor my country when I was a
kid. And now as a 54-year-old man, I don’t believe we can do
that without honoring and respecting our fellow man.
is why I still believe in Christmas.
Call me old
fashioned. But I still watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” every year,
because I still believe it IS a wonderful life, and a wonderful
As my neighbor down the street, Ronnie Dunn of
Brooks and Dunn, sang:
Only in America,
Where we dream
as big as we want to.
We all get a chance,
Only in America!
Whether you’re Christian or
Muslim, Republican or Democrat, Gay or Straight, Black or White,
or anything else, you’ve got it made if you’re an American.
I don’t know how we stop the epidemic of mass shootings. Or
how we convince these angry Americans that they live in the
greatest country in the history of the world, and should be
If Santa is listening, my Christmas wish is
that maybe we can end this bloody year with a little Peace on
Earth and Goodwill Towards Men.
Merry Christmas to You
and Yours, Wherever You Are, from the Hills of Nashville,
A Proud but Confused American
Although “The Crying Indian” ad was later criticized
because the actor wasn’t Native American, the Ad Council named
it one of the 50 greatest commercials of all time. If you
haven’t seen it, click here:
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