Gov. Grinch: Lincoln Chafee (I-R.I.) Claims it is “Traditional” to Call a Christmas Tree a Holiday Tree

Guest Post by Mike LaRoche

In an interview with CNSNews.com, Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I-R.I.), defending his recent controversial decision to label the Christmas tree that is placed annually in the Rhode Island State House a “holiday tree,” claims that the latter term is actually the more historical and traditional of the two (full article and video at this link).

An excerpt:

“But it’s called a ‘holiday tree,’ correct?” asked CNSnews.com.

“Yes. Let’s be accurate, now. Let me finish,” said Chafee. “When the holiday season approached, they said what do you want to do in the State House. My instructions were very simple: Do whatever the previous governor did. No more, no less. Just do what they did. And that is what we did.

“And the previous governor called it a holiday’s tree,” said Chafee. “That was the tradition.”

“I don’t know whether it goes back before him, the governor that preceded me, Gov. [Donald] Carcieri [R.]. Some say it goes back to the governor before him, Gov. [Lincoln] Almond [R.],” said Chafee. “But this has been the tradition of Rhode Island. I didn’t change anything.”

Well, of course.  Don’t you remember, as a kid, singing such carols as “O Holiday Tree” while chestnuts roasted on an open fire?

And in other news, Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.

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  • Muddywood

    “We have always been at war with EastAsia”

  • Comrade J

    “My instructions were very simple: Do whatever the previous governor did. No more, no less.”

    Is he going to sleep with previous governor’s wife as well? What a libtard!

  • dba_vagabond _trader

    Cannot believe that RI with all its citizens of Portuguese French Canadian and Italian descent put up with this krap.

  • Heathen p.o.s… shut yer hole fool

  • Mad Hatter

    Gov. Grinch: Lincoln Chafee (I-R.I.) Claims it is “Traditional” to Call a Christmas Tree a Holiday Tree

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    The Alinsky left is trying to rewrite history. Call these Christian bigots on their lies everytime you get the chance.

  • Stella Baskomb

    “And the previous governor called it a holiday’s tree,” said Chafee. “That was the tradition.”

    The previous governor set a “tradition”? Chafee wants us to believe that a “tradition” in Rhode Island is based on one event??

    A few years ago another previous RI governor, Edward Di Prete, went to prison for corruption in office. Wouldn’t it be ridiculous to think Chafee also believes corruption in office is “tradition” in RI?

    Oh, wait . . .

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  • briacuit

    Chaffee is like ill fitting jeans on the inner thighs~~so flucking annoying and unnecessary

  • FurryGuy

    At least the Governor didn’t outright ban having a tree:

    Seniors decry ban on Christmas tree in their complex in Newhall

    Residents in a Newhall senior apartment complex are protesting an order from management to remove their beloved Christmas tree from the community room because, they were told, it’s a religious symbol.

  • srdem65

    Here’s the deal; if they place Jewish religious icons on display during their HolyDays, or Buddists, Muslims, or any other religon wants to display such icons on their HolyDays, we’re OK with that.
    See how that works Governor? We respect all reglions. That’s how we do it in America.

  • is there anyone fronri that would know if chafee is telling the truth?

  • FurryGuy

    #11 December 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm
    tommy mc donnell commented:

    is there anyone fronri that would know if chafee is telling the truth?

    For what it’s worth the previous two RI governors were Republican, Donald Carcieri and Lincoln Almond. Given what wikipedia “reports” about Governor Carcieri makes it highly doubtful that Chafee is within even an AU of the truth.

  • bigkahuna

    It’s also traditional for liberals to be wrong about pretty much everything and when after doing it so long they traditionally resign and let everyone know they are massive failures, complete morons and a total waste of sperm !

    You can live up to that tradition starting now jerk off.

  • Economan

    Only stupid people elect stupid politicians.

  • FurryGuy

    OT – The media said that my voting for Romney would make the unemployment rate go up, and they were right!

    U.S. Unadjusted Unemployment Shoots Back Up

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, was 7.8% for the month of November, up significantly from 7.0% for October. Gallup’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 8.3%, nearly a one-point increase over October’s rate.

    So much of the true situation was ignored/spun by the American Pravda propaganda complex so as to get their Messiah reelected.

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  • donh

    My my sweet little tot … …..Past traditions I do not hide ….There’s just a light on this tree that won’t light on one side ….> http://youtu.be/LrWPE5uT7SY

  • bg
  • BuddyG

    ‘K Gov, let’s compromise and call it a Christmas Holiday Tree.

  • valerie

    I guess Bill O’Reilly got under his skin.

  • Lady Mondegreen

    Controversial? Wake me when it gets interesting. Honestly, who cares?

  • bg

    ++

    Still a “Christmas” Tree

    yes, there are other sources, if you
    don’t like mine, go do your own.. 😀

    ==

  • John_in_SD

    Too bad his dad was still alive to slap some common sense into his boy.

  • JustSaying

    What a weasel…..why don’t these clowns take responsibility for their actions….to say, I followed the previous administration and how they handled it…..Bottom line, weak person, doesn’t have a mind of his own..

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  • jb

    Chafee’s chestnuts are joining his brain in “roasting” . . .

    Such a little, self-absorbed man.

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  • Patty

    Who died an made him the authority on the Christmas Tree.?

  • Patty
  • kato

    More proof that a rich boy riding his daddy’s coattails can be stupid and still attain high office.

  • bg
  • Tee Dub

    Traditions don’t go back too far for Liberals.

  • AuntieMadder

    It’s also tradition around here to call an idiot an idiot.

  • J.M.

    Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. If you don’t believe in Christ you should not be celebrating Christmas which is a holy celebration for Christians. In America other religions are allowed to celebrate their holy days in their way. Christmas is the name of the celebration , thus it is a Christmas tree not a holiday tree. Gov. Chafee needs to think for himself.