Columnist Arnold Ahlert: "The assault on Christmas is part of the effort to fundamentally transform a nation for which leftists express skepticism at best, and outright contempt at worst. And perhaps nothing animates that contempt more than the reality that the greatness of this nation is derived from 'dead, white, slave-owning Europeans,' animated by a Judeo-Christain culture. It is that culture that must now be deconstructed by any means necessary, because it rests on two foundations utterly anathema to the American left: individual liberty and free-market capitalism. Instead, the left prefers equality, or more precisely a radical egalitarianism where ambition, talent and desire must be held in check to accommodate laziness, stupidity and sloth. It is the ultimate zero-sum game that, at this particular time of year, assumes those who enjoy Christmas must accommodate those who are offended by it, lest our commitment to 'social justice' is found wanting. Thus 'Merry Christmas' or 'Happy Hanukkah' must be cast aside for 'Happy Holiday,' and the Christmas season must become 'Winter Solstice.' That is not tolerance. It's totalitarianism with the ultimate goal of making everyone equal, even if it's equally miserable. Few things undermine that ambition more than the so-called Christmas spirit that is the essence of happiness, generosity -- and live and let live."