Christmas in DC: Yawn to the world. Let earth receive a thing.

My latest on Townhall discusses the president’s joyless, wonder-scrubbed meaning of Christmas:

Obama’s public persona has been much remarked upon even by political allies for these same faults: calculated, artificial, not genuine, even strange and remote. His displays of religiosity have served to underscore them; consider last week’s celebration of Hanukkah two weeks early, unconcernedly giving all appearance of a pro forma exercise in voter-bloc ingratiation.

So, too, there is much of the plasticized, automated sentimentality in Obama’s comments on the meaning of Christmas. … The president tells of a story that “filled our hearts and inspired our lives” to do, well, several nice things, keep faith, and in sum, hold onto hope in…humanity. Lest we forget, he then ticks off the nice things again in android fashion: “Service to others. Compassion to all. Treating others as we wish ourselves to be treated.” Compute, compute.

Jon Sanders / Research Editor and Senior Fellow, Regulatory Studies

Jon Sanders studies regulatory policy, a veritable kudzu of invasive government and unintended consequences. As director of regulatory studies at the John Locke Foundation, Jo...