Ahen I met Nancy Pelosi in person, the setting could not have been more magnificent. At Christmas, the Capitol in Washington looks even more impressive than usual. A huge Christmas tree then stands in front of Congress. And it glitters everywhere. It was late 2018. And the Democrat, who was to be elected Speaker of the House after her party’s election victory in November, had invited the accredited journalists to Congress to the Rayburn Room to celebrate what was said to be the “holiday season.” .
Even at Christmas, the great Kulturkampf rages on in America. Every year the country is divided into those who wish each other “Merry Christmas” and those who prefer the formula “Happy Holidays” because they find it more inclusive. Finally, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa would also be celebrated at this time of year. Politically, it sometimes resonates: Those who insist on “Merry Christmas” actually wanted to express that America is primarily a Christian and white country. Conversely, from the point of view of Americans in the Heartland, the left-liberal language code shows how far removed the residents of the East and West Coast are from the reality of everyday life.