Commentary: Todd Rokita’s Christmas courage

By John Krull 

INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Indiana, has decided to man the barricades in the war on Christmas.

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In a bold, bold move, Rokita, flanked by his family, summons up the courage to confront “the liberal elites” and champions of “political correctness” by wishing everyone a merry Christmas in a digital campaign commercial. He even looks square into the camera at the end and proclaims, bravely, that he approves “this Christmas message.”

Oh, the courage of the man.

The way he talks, we just know that within minutes the storm troopers of the anti-Christmas regime will come and drag poor Rokita away, far from the comforts of his D.C. home and office.

(What? He hasn’t been dragged away? Doubtless, it will happen any time now. We’ll keep vigil.)

Courageous stands like this have become a pattern for Rokita.

His campaign slogan, “Defeat the Elite,” makes clear there is no sacrifice – bending the creases of his tailored slacks, mussing up the weave of his cashmere sweater, scuffing his tasseled loafers – that Rokita isn’t willing to make on behalf of the proletariat.

He says in the ad that the holiday season is about celebrating the birth of Christ. Rokita hasn’t been taken in by all those Christian “scholars”

– false prophets, every one of them – who have established that Jesus’ birth most likely occurred at some point in the summer.

See, even in the days of Scripture there was “fake news.”

(The anti-Christmas storm troopers still haven’t slapped Rokita in chains? Man, how do those guys ever expect to establish a true tyranny of the “liberal elite” and “political correctness” if they can’t summon the forces of oppression any faster than this?)

There are people, I know, who say that the war on Christmas is either a myth or a scam.

These same folks also tell us that “political correctness” used to go by other names.

Like manners.



These mean-spirited tyrants in the making try to persuade us that it is in the real spirit of the holiday season to show consideration for the feelings of others. They say that it’s just wrong to try to push people who are Jewish or Muslim or of any other religion to honor a faith in which they do not believe. They even have the nerve to say that Jesus likely would be appalled to learn that some people try to make other decent people feel bad in His name.

You know, “love thy neighbor as thyself” and other such politically correct propaganda.

Thank goodness Todd Rokita and other culture warriors are too smart for them. Rokita and his fellow travelers know that Hoosier hospitality was just a communist plot designed to weaken middle America – and that Jesus commanded us to cast the first stone.

(What? The storm troopers still haven’t come for Rokita? What on earth could be keeping these guys? Don’t they realize the threat he poses to their fiendish plans?)

These same sinister tyrants dare criticize Rokita for being cynical.

They say his campaign slogan and even this new campaign commercial are nothing more than attempts to pander to the voters of the alt-right’s new Santa Claus, President Donald Trump. They say Rokita is desperate to claim those voters in his battle with U.S. Rep. Luke Messer, R-Indiana, for the GOP Senate nomination next year.

These critics just don’t know a man of conviction when they see one.

Todd Rokita, who once ran three different campaigns in one year, is a man devoid of political ambition.

(Still no sign of the storm troopers knocking on Rokita’s door? No one anywhere has been arrested for saying “merry Christmas?” This is more diabolical than we thought. It must be a form of psychological warfare. They must know the endless waiting – the sheer dread – will wear on us, break us down….)

I can’t take it any longer.

Sadly, I lack Todd Rokita’s courage, his determination to court the wrath of the forces of oppression who never come knocking on his or anyone else’s door.

I’m going to crack.

That’s why I’m wishing all my neighbors and fellow citizens – Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, agnostic or undecided – a warm and happy holiday season.

That includes Todd Rokita and his family.

John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism, host of “No Limits” WFYI 90.1 Indianapolis and publisher of, a news website powered by Franklin College students.

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