White Elephant Gift Exchange

A white elephant gift exchange can be fun and usually has a limit on how much can be spent on a gift to ensure the intentions are met with fun and conversation rather than actual gift giving. It’s a novel idea and is played out at homes and office parties across the country during the Christmas holiday. When giving gifts to those you love, care for and quite possibly represent, then it’s not the cost or the size of the present it’s the thought that counts. The thought that they were thinking of someone other than themselves. A selfless act. But what happens when the gift you thought would put you over the top merely fizzles out and fails to impress or bring about what you had expected. Can you take your gift back? Is it ok to say, you know after seeing your reaction and not getting what I wanted from you in exchange, now I’m going to take back my present from you? I wouldn’t want to celebrate anything with a person like that. We give presents because we like to give, whether or not the person receiving the gift appreciates it or reciprocates back what was intended is of no consequence. Gifts should not be given with an inherent responsibility from the receiver of the gift.

But when members of congress thought that if they offered up a certain congressperson for sacrifice, forcing him out, based on perceptions and a perceived gift of clairvoyance. And then what they supposedly feared the most did not come to fruition, now all of a sudden, they want to be Indian givers and reclaim their sacrifice after they made a mockery of him. The members of congress that pressured him into drinking the Kool aide for future wins, sacrificed one of their own on the altar of public perception and public opinion. They knifed him in the back, and now they want a mulligan. If they can cut down one of their own so easily, what makes us think they won’t have the same reservations when it comes to their constituents (us)?

At the same time, they had no authority to “put him down, like an animal” they had not voted in his state’s election, and they had no authority to do what they did. But they did it anyhow. He took the cowards way out, bowing down to those that he does not represent and those who legally could not vote him in or vote him out. If the citizens of his state wanted him gone, then it was their decision to either take action or not. It’s a scary thing that people from outside your state, voting on laws and regulations, providing oversight and attempted transparency can easily and without any thought of the effects of their choices, look at any elected representative and say, you don’t count. Your voice is null and your actions will not be recognized. So how is that state supposed to feel about the rest of the country? How is that state expected to function and get along with the other states, when the person that state elected to represent them is pushed aside by people who don’t vote in that state? It’s a scary thing to behold, how easy it is for others to merely brush aside someone that is supposed to do a job.

It is insignificant of whether I agree or disagree with that person’s politics or choices. If I am not a citizen of that state, then I have no say in what that state does or doesn’t do. If I pay no taxes in that state, then why should I be allowed to dictate what that state does or fails to do? I have no voice in any of those matters, because I do not reside in that state. But never underestimate the powers that steer this country. They will maim anyone that gets in their way, whether they can or cannot is merely more explaining they must do. They do not operate under to auspices of asking for permission, they always ask for forgiveness, after it’s already too late.

So, remember this Christmas, it’s not the gift that counts, it’s the thought. If you end up not getting what you wanted, at least your blessed and people love and care for you. It means that those closest to us appreciate us and that they are thinking of us. Merry Christmas.

3 thoughts on “White Elephant Gift Exchange

  1. John

    I gotta disagree with you on this one, bc007. I think Al Franken, and the Democratic party, did the right thing, regardless whether I think the reasons behind his exit were in line with my own ideals (I mean that this shouldn’t have been a grandstanding political event, I completely agree that he should have been removed for his actions). The Congress has historically policed their own, however poorly. I agree that Mr. Franken knew he did some shady shit, and that is why he did not demand he stay in office until the Ethics Committee finished their investigation, which we all know would have taken forever. It is my sincere hope that Congress starts to tighten the screws on its members. I know this will not be realized in my lifetime, but it is about time our elected officials are held to at least the same standard that their constituents are held to, though I would argue they should be held to a higher standard.


    1. John, you bring up very insightful and accurate information. I agree with you but at the same time, I am remised. What about the voters of Minnesota? Where is their say in the matter. For Mr. Franken to willingly drink the poison that was presented to him by his peers in the congress, he easily overlooked his constituents. Rather than the MSM focusing on the supposed disgust and disappointment with him, why did the people of MN not have a say in the matter. I understand that congress polices itself, I think that the more the congress polices itself the longer the constituents lose their say in any matter. I do not care for Mr. Franken, but I do respect the office of any elected representative. I too hold out hope that our government officials will become more transparent and responsible for their responsibilities while in office. Thank you for your comment and your support John, I truly appreciate it.


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