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Now on book­shelves: “Good Tid­ings and Great Joy: Pro­tect­ing the Heart of Christ­mas,” Sarah Palin’s unapolo­getic book that seeks to pre­serve the faith in a hol­i­day that has been ho­mog­e­nized, com­mer­cial­ized and stripped of mean­ing­ful ap­peal. “It’s not about one hol­i­day at all. It’s about that lit­tle baby wrapped in swad­dling clothes who ar­rived long be­fore hope and change be­came po­lit­i­cal ma­nip­u­la­tions,” the au­thor says.

The Christ­mas wars per­sist. The Wausau, Wis., school dis­trict, for ex­am­ple, plans en­ter­tain­ment for young­sters “in a man­ner that sat­is­fies le­gal and ed­u­ca­tional re­quire­ments,” the lo­cal of­fice says. Stu­dent choirs must sing “sea­sonal and Christ­mas selec­tions that do not in­volve the celebration of the re­li­gious hol­i­day of Christ­mas.”

An out­side lawyer has been called in to con­duct an in­quiry into “the emo­tional and po­lit­i­cal uproar re­gard­ing the per­for­mance of sa­cred mu­sic,” says the Wausau Daily Her­ald. The for­mer Alaska gov­er­nor, mean­while, has em­barked on a 15-city book tour.

“We’ve all — at times — lost sight of the true mean­ing of the sea­son,” Mrs. Palin says. “But there are many peo­ple who haven’t merely lost, mis­placed, or for­got­ten the true mean­ing of Christ­mas, they’re try­ing to ac­tively tar­get it to de­stroy it. And th­ese true Scrooges have a fright­en­ing amount of power.” for the Repub­li­can party,” for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Dick Cheney re­cently told RT Amer­i­can host Larry King.

“I re­mem­ber Barry Gold­wa­ter and Nel­son Rock­e­feller, or Gerry Ford and Ron­ald Rea­gan. We’ve of­ten had di­vi­sions in the past, and frankly, my ex­pe­ri­ence with the tea party is this. The vast num­ber of peo­ple who iden­tify them­selves as such are ba­si­cally con­ser­va­tive Repub­li­cans who are just fed up with what’s hap­pen­ing in the coun­try. They’re pretty much united in their op­po­si­tion and hos­til­ity to the present ad­min­is­tra­tion,” Mr. Cheney said.

“We want them in the party. I don’t want to see the tea party go spin­ning loose in some third-party move­ment. I think we need to be big enough as a party and broad enough in our think­ing so that folks who are con­ser­va­tive, who be­lieve in fis­cal dis­ci­pline, who are op­posed to the ex­pan­sion of gov­ern­ment power and be­lieve deeply in the Con­sti­tu­tion are wel­come in the Repub­li­can Party,” Mr. Cheney con­cluded.


“Good Tid­ings and Great Joy,” Sarah Palin’s book that seeks to pre­serve the faith in Christ­mas, which she says has been ho­mog­e­nized, com­mer­cial­ized and stripped of au­then­tic ap­peal.

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