From U.S. Rep. Diane Black:
Wishing You a Merry Christmas…
Even if I’m not supposed to
It seems like every year during the holidays, we get reminded of how political correctness has run amok in this country. Recently we had our own example of this in the House of Representatives, when the House Franking Commission sent out a memo to offices regarding holiday greetings.
According to the people at the Franking Commission, Members of Congress cannot wish constituents “Merry Christmas” in any official mailing. In fact, no mention of a specific holiday is allowed. When I heard this, I was outraged. The Franking Commission exists to ensure that resources used in each Representative’s office—from letters to emails and official communications—are used for informing constituents of important matters and that Members are not using taxpayer dollars for political purposes. It is not their job to police the greetings that Members use in their correspondence or to enforce political correctness. How is wishing constituents a “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah” a political message that is banned, while “have a happy new year” is permitted?
Americans are not simply celebrating “winter” this December. Rather, we are celebrating significant moments in two religions that have fundamentally shaped our nation. Recently, I joined Congressman Joe Walsh (R-IL) in sending a bipartisan letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) along with House Administration Chairman Dan Lungren (R-CA) and Ranking Member Robert Brady (D-PA) asking them to revise these unnecessary rules.
And going beyond the Franking Commission fight, I am cosponsoring H.Res. 489, legislation that reaffirms the significance of Christmas symbols and traditions—protecting your ability to display your beliefs and holiday spirit this season through publicly displays like Christmas trees and nativity scenes while strongly disapproving of any attempt to ban references to Christmas in the public sphere.
Faith and religion has shaped our great country and I believe should be celebrated and freely expressed. President John Adams said it best, “Statesmen may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand.” The House of Representatives must set an example for the rest of the nation that everyone should be allowed to express their feelings when it comes to the holiday season without fear of having to be politically correct.
And with that, allow me to wish you all from the bottom of my heart a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a blessed New Year!
From U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann:
“I want to wish everyone in East Tennessee a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I am glad to be home in Tennessee to celebrate with my family. In my first year in office I have learned what goes on in Washington is often a distraction when compared to what really matters in this great nation of ours. It is being around the table with your family and celebrating the birth of Christ that truly matters. There will always be time for politics, but let’s celebrate this time together and remember the true reason for the season,” Fleischmann said.
From 3rd District candidate Dr. Jean Howard-Hill:
From my family and heart to yours,
May the JOY of CHRISTMAS flow in each heart, and may the LIGHT of my LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST bring UNDERSTANDING, LOVE, PEACE, and JOY to the world!
Lady “J” and Daughter, LaShunda