On Monday, December 23, Kate Knibbs of Digital Trends reported that controversial politician and pundit Sen. Rand Paul took to Twitter to celebrate Festivus by complaining about various things he doesn't like about the current political and economic climate.
According to Knibbs, "Some of the pundits at Fox News aren’t fans of Festivus, the fake holiday invented by Seinfeld writers and embraced by fans every December 23. (Gretchen Carlson spent a segment complaining that the concept was offensive.) But that doesn’t mean everyone on the right side of the political spectrum is against Festivus; Senator Rand Paul (R – KY) is clearly a passionate fan. Paul started tweeting an 'airing of grievances' today, riffing off of the fictional holiday’s tradition where people sit their families down and chide them for their shortcomings."
For people in the greater Spokane area who are not aware of Festivus, the holiday was popularized by Dan O'Keefe, a writer on the sitcom Seinfeld. It originally started as a tradition in his family that his father created back in 1966.
According to Wikipedia, "The holiday's celebration, as it was shown on Seinfeld, includes a Festivus dinner, an unadorned aluminum Festivus pole, practices such as the 'Airing of Grievances' and 'Feats of Strength,' and the labeling of easily explainable events as 'Festivus miracles.'
"The episode ["The Strike"] refers to it as 'a Festivus for the rest of us', referencing its non-commercial aspect. It has also been described as a 'parody holiday festival' and as a form of playful consumer resistance."
Paul used his Twitter feed to air grievances about a wide range of issues, such as term limits, national debt and the food in the Senate cafeteria. Some were obviously more serious than others.
According to Paul, "One party seems to like some of the Bill of Rights. The other party, some more. Few willing to stand up for the whole thing."
In a lighter moment, he called out Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) in another tweet.
According to Paul, "One more Festivus grievance about bipartisanship. @CoryBooker doesn't [retweet] me enough."
Booker responded to Paul on his own Twitter feed with a challenge to wrestle as a traditional "feat of strength."
According to Booker, "[You], me [and] 'feats of strength:' Senate floor, name the time..."
Politically minded people on both ends of the political spectrum in the greater Spokane area may want to check out the Festivus tweets by Paul and Booker. Paul made many comments about issues of the day that will probably be discussed by cable news pundits for quite a while. Booker's responses about legalizing marijuana may be of interest as well. As an added bonus, some of the tweets may be amusing.
Festivus may seem offensive to some conservatives, but Paul's new way of celebrating the holiday may appeal to at least some people in the Lilac City.