Things have come together perfectly for this time of year. The seasonal songs are played as you pass the doorways of stores of all kinds, and snow is hitting the ground. Seems like there will be a white Christmas at least in some parts of the nation.
When the snow falls in mid- to late-December of any year, the importance of the season as a religious event is reinforced. Those with less will be cold. There are beggars on the streets.
There are less jobs for those with educations and competition for the ones available.
The charitable nature of this season should help us to remember those very real and very needy people whom, no matter their place in the society, reinforce ours.
It is also a time to remember the sacrifices needed to ensure those stores, those streets and this land from coast to coast, provided the highest standard of living for almost 70 years — despite its problems — to the largest number of people in history.
This most blessed of all nations stands as a reminder of what can be done when shared belief in government of the people works. And then again, we saw clearly what can also happen when government not for the people functions, too.
Yet somehow this time of year allows us to move past the sins of our government against the American religion of shared beliefs. The charity of the season forces us to pause, to think of those who returned to their maker, and those to whom we owe.
Find a soldier’s name from Normandy who never made it home. Do the same for Afghankistan, Iraq, Korea, Vietnam. If charity saves from sin, do a kind act.
Remember the hope of those young men lost before their time. Thank them. It is they who have done the greatest charity and it is for them that we hope for a better future.
Hank Sheinkopf is an early creator of integrated strategic campaigns using all forms of media and has won national and international awards for his radio and TV productions. He is a veteran of more than 700 political, public policy, and public relations campaigns around the world. Read more reports from Hank Sheinkopf — Click Here Now.
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