Pick any other town in America and this is not a story at all. But when your town is North Pole, Alaska and a city councilor there is legally named Santa Claus — and he advocates for marijuana — well, then every press outlet in the free world picks up the story.
Let’s not get into the whole medical marijuana debate. That’s for responsible people far from the conversations about Christmas, religion and liberty. It’s just not the issue here.
Let’s talk instead about this dude who calls him Santa Claus.
We’ve been on his tail for years. Why? Because he’s using the name, the image and the reputation of St. Nicholas to draw publicity to himself and all of it is bad.
Years ago he lived in the Reno/Tahoe area of California and he described himself as an ‘advocate for children’. Great, right?
The thing is he never did much other than travel around getting his picture taken with mayors, governors and celebrities asking for donations and saying “be nice to kids”. He did this every holiday season after going to court and legally changing his name to Santa Claus.
Harmless? Well, seeing his advocacy never really addressed anything and the money was never accounted for you can’t help wondering what all his efforts were really for.
You decide. We think it is an irresponsible representation of the real St. Nicholas.
Today’s international news headlines are a good example why the careful use of Santa’s name and image is so important.
Any kid googling “Santa Claus” today is being taken to news stories showing that Santa approves of marijuana. Yes, buried in the details of the stories is the fact that this former-monk is a cancer sufferer and uses medical marijuana in his treatment. But we all know the kids aren’t going to read the story. All they will see are the headlines — here, here, here, here, here, and here.
Now, set aside the arguments of medical marijuana.
Think instead of the research that shows those under the age of 30 overwhelmingly think marijuana is harmless.
Santa “advocating” for marijuana in a headline isn’t going to help that truth.
This guy needs to learn he can be a town councilor, he can advocate for whatever he feels bests represents his constituents and that it doesn’t matter at the end of the day to anyone what Joe Blow thinks. But they care what Santa Claus thinks and this guy doesn’t speak for him.
He is a disgrace to all that is decent about Santa Claus — and he has been for years.