The Winter of Our Discontent

Issue 231

Rev Billy explains what is wrong with the GOP and offers tips for surviving the cold, dark months ahead.

Reverend Billy Talen Dec 21, 2017

Dear Reverend Billy,

I’m stunned by the greed and the destructiveness of the Republicans and their big money backers as they pursue their tax cut scam. What is wrong with these people?

— Harold, Dyker Heights

They want us to be afraid all time because they are afraid all the time. Barely able to breathe, they drive through suburbs of traumatic stress, worship today’s stock price on Bloomberg screens, and keep their children in a state of utter confusion as they prepare for the mass death of Christ’s Eternal Life.

But love is poppin’ out all over. When Colin Kaepernick’s knee hit the grass, concussions of hate began to heal. Let’s dream with the Dreamers who look deep into the eyes of the immigration cops, listen to the chorus of the #Metoo women (and men and non-binary folks). They speak of terrible wounds, but they are giving us a new, honest world.


Dear Reverend Billy,

In December, I see Christmas tree stands all over New York. The smell of fresh trees in the city air is quite pleasant. Is the city dweller’s fondness for placing a Christmas trees in their home one more example of consumerism run amok? Or does it reflect a healthy impulse to connect with the natural world?

— Marci, Jersey City

The fading smell of factory pine trees is what’s left of the ancient ritual of the Winter Solstice. The birth of love on the darkest, longest night of the year is the spark that makes the fire of Spring.

Bringing the forest into the center of your home is also an act of honoring last year’s Spring when the trees were full of sap and sexed-up birds. Our lovers gather in our memory and we thank them and then we look out into the Fabulous Unknown and we accept gratefully the responsibility of life!

Reverend Billy is an activist and political shouter, a post-religious preacher of the streets and bank lobbies. Got a question for Reverend Billy? Just email and unburden your soul.

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Illustration by Rusty Zimmerman.

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