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December 6, 2012

RONN MOTT: Dear Santa

Dear Santa:

It has been awhile since I wrote one of these. In fact, I was 9 years-old. I think I’d pretty much given up on you as the only source of Christmas presents, but that year I wanted a bicycle, so I found it necessary to pull out all the stops. I got my bicycle. (I’m sure I must have thanked you.) It gave me a great rush of freedom and an amount of speed I would not achieve again until I was old enough to drive.

I wouldn’t write asking for your help this year except America has so many villains it makes even the devil appear sound of mind.

We have these members of Congress who are still desperately trying to disrupt any meaningful discourse between the president and the House of Congress. We have these Tea Party hard-heads who would rather see the president fail than help the country walk away from the so-called “fiscal cliff.” Also, we have Republican congressmen who have signed the no-tax pledges regardless of the situation, so they’re screaming it’s the president’s fault when in reality many of their congressional districts voted for the president.

No one voted them into office to be stubborn, hard-headed, and just plain stupid. So, Santa, see if there’s something you can do about these heartless, brainless creatures and get them to realize they are there to serve the country. Serve the country, not Grover Norquist!

In days of yore when a child misbehaved he was threatened with finding coal in his stocking rather than a nice Christmas treat. On Meet the Press, the last one I saw, Grover Norquist threatened the country again. This is someone who has not been elected to any office and not answerable to the electorate, yet he is holding Congress hostage because of these pledges of no taxes under any circumstances.

So, like the child of old, maybe we should threaten Mr. Norquist with a gift of coal. Santa, I know your sleigh has magical qualities, so I would like you to drop one and a half tons of coal on top of Grover Norquist. It would really help the country. We hope it would stop this evil man and make the congressmen vote their conscience. I know I’m asking a lot, Santa, but he is trying to destroy the Constitution and the free electorate we all stand with in open and free elections.

It’s so very simple … we elect these congressmen to vote for what they believe is right. Remember, no one has voted for Grover Norquist.

I know it’s a big order, Santa. But, like Norquist, I’ll make this bribe: I promise never to leave you a half-grapefruit again!  


Ronn Mott

Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.

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