As the 25th of December draws near, NORAD has begun promoting their “Santa Tracker” feature. It’s a fun little gimmick that adds a little fun into the lives of parents and young children.
NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command), takes a little time out of their vigilant watch of the Northern Skies for signs of hostility and uses a fraction of their tracking abilities to keep tabs on the frozen North’s most famous resident. It’s all in good fun. They even put an ad up to promote it.
But, surprise! It sparked outrage! The CGI rendering of Santa’s trip showed our giving him (gasp!) a fighter escort! Can you imagine? Bastardizing Christmas this way? Introducing the specter of those men and women who diligently defend our nation beside such a sacred image as Santa?
The same crowd that defends certain, shall we say, adult concepts in the classroom of even the youngest children have somehow become the hand-wringers worried that somehow the impressionable tykes might be “recruited”.
Impressionable? I guess they want to have it both ways.
Of course, Coke can use Santa for Commercial purposes without any hand-wringing.
One prominent nutbar even promoted his environmental agenda by appealing to children’s fears that Santa’s workshop would be flooded in a particularly vile and underhanded fundraising ploy.
I guess these people are just looking out for us. They want to be sure we keep the Santa in Santamas, I suppose. They’re jealously guarding the REAL meaning of December 25th, now aren’t they?