The war on history.

The situation in North America would be laughable were it not so serious. 

Canada and the United States each have leaders that feel that policy by Twitter is just an appropriate way to do business while refusing to answer questions from the opposition. 

Everyday that goes by my Facebook feed is full of “news” stories that are bashing on one politician or another. Everyday people are finding something to be offended about. 

First Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang came under fire for their treatment of the character Franklin. This was followed by people getting offended at Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, and it’s “insensitivities towards different gender groups and it’s “promotion” of bullying and discrimination. Most recently, the song “Baby it’s cold outside” has come under fire due because it highlights people not taking “no” for an answer, and has actually been banned on some radio stations in solidarity of the #metoo movement. 

The Peanuts Thanksgiving special came out in the 1970’s. Rudolph came out in the early 60’s. Baby came out in the late 40’s. 

I am finding social media to be full of people who are offended at our past. 

Do we not have issues from THIS century that need to be looked at? Where are all the Social Justice Warriors freaking out with flood of people who are crossing into our lands illegally? Where is the offence when municipalities who are staunchly opposed to oil development are issued permits to allow the dumping of BILLIONS of liters of untreated sewage into the St. Lawrence sea-ways? Where are they condemning the actions of protestors who destroy habitats when they are blockading against approved energy infrastructure?

Where are they when music artists in this day and age release songs that are 100 times more offensive than “Baby it’s cold outside?”

Did Peanuts drop the ball with their treatment of Franklin in the Thanksgiving episode? Maybe. At least he was included. 

Was Rudolph ostracised because of his disability? Did he get bullied? Yeah, he did. He ran away, and the same people who bullied him went looking for him. When he came back to the North Pole, he was welcomed with open arms, and in fact saved Christmas as he guided Santa’s sleigh for the Christmas run, and attitudes had changed by the end. 

“Baby it’s cold outside.” I don’t even know where to begin with this one. I can think of several artists who have songs that I find a lot more offensive than this nearly 60 year-old song. Is the premise of the song “inappropriate” to today’s hyper-gender aware world? Without a question.

Is there something we can learn from the theme of the song? Absolutely. We can all learn to take “no” for an answer. We can learn to have respect. 

Instead of focusing on the positives, it is way to easy for people to jump on the negatives? Franklin was included in the Thanksgiving supper, which for the 70’s was ahead of it’s time. Rudolph was accepted at the end, even with his disability. The song? We can learn how not to be.

Sadly, instead of focusing on modern problems, our leaders, and the voters who elect them, are more focused on the war with history than they are about solving the issues of today. 


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