Well it’s officially December now, and my hometown of Erwin will have held its annual Christmas parade on Monday night, officially kicking off the Christmas season for the residents of Erwin. Each and every year, parade day reminds me of my dad and his hatred for having a parade on Monday. Dad was a downtown merchant and downtown merchants are supposed to clear the streets by 5 p.m. on parade day which didn’t sit well with a man who said over and over: “Parades are for Saturdays and Mondays are for working.”
Despite his hatred for Monday parades the old man loved Christmas and the season in general and understood the value of celebrating the holiday for the community. Celebrating the holiday season with a parade is as traditional as baseball and apple pie, but as the citizens of Garner recently discovered, if your traditions happen to offend the Democratic Socialist of America your traditions can and will be broken. In case you missed it, the town of Garner canceled this year’s Christmas parade after online chatter about inclusion of a float sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans led town officials to conclude the event could be targeted for disruption.
According to city officials no direct threats to disrupt the parade were made, nor did anyone directly contact the city other than through social media, but given the protest around Confederate monuments and symbols in the Triangle in recent years city officials decided to cancel the event. In other words, in today’s America one single float sponsored by the Sons for Confederate Veterans denied the citizens of Garner a Christmas parade tradition.
While I don’t pretend to speak the language of Garner City Government; you guys made a conscious decision to cancel an entire parade rather than allow the Sons of Confederate Veterans to sponsor a float in your parade. I understand public safety is any government official’s top priority, but you do understand that surrendering your city to the Democratic Socialist of America isn’t going to guarantee you peace and prosperity going forward. You understand that all American traditions are despised by the same people you are surrendering to and your Christmas parade tradition is only the tip of the iceberg.
While it’s easy to blame the American politicians for the white flag flying over America today. We must understand that we elected these people and share the blame for doing so. Although I missed it, I understand the town of Erwin threw one heck of a Christmas parade this week full of all the traditions of an American Christmas. We had a lovely parade without civil unrest and the citizens got to enjoy the tradition for at least another year. For my friends in Garner, what can I tell you? As my father always said, “You get the government you deserve.”
Jimmy Parker lives in Erwin. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org