Many years ago, at the age of 30, I married an Italian from Rome, Italy. She was a fine person but was also a leftist, and our politics clashed frequently. After one political argument too many, we later divorced but have remained close ever since. She is now a high official of the European Union in Brussels, Belgium. (I will withhold her name to "protect the innocent.")
Her father, Guido, was the director general of the Italian Ministry of Education; a very serious and ironically conservative man who had a good heart and a dry sense of humor. While he never intended to be funny, Guido was just that. One of his wry and sarcastic expressions still sticks in my mind. A product of two world wars, he used to quip repeatedly, "Enjoy today, because tomorrow will be even worse!" Lamenting his own existence, another of his famous lines was, "Squeezed like a lemon and thrown in the trash." Guido was the Italian equivalent of "I don't get no respect" Rodney Dangerfield, one of my favorite late American comedians.
If Guido were still alive, he most likely would have taken to the American tea-party movement. Indeed, this "revolutionary breed of citizens" is in the process of waging a political revolution precisely because our government has squeezed "we the people" like a lemon and thrown us in the trash. And, yes, appreciate today, because tomorrow will get even worse so long as the institutionally corrupt establishment politicians of both parties – such as Barack Obama, Harry Reed and Nancy Pelosi for the Democrats and Mitch McConnell and John Boehner for the Republicans – continue to rule as if they are the "Almighty."
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I hate to put a damper on New Years 2011, but we need to face reality and face it quickly, because time is running out on our republic. In the 235 years since we declared independence from King George III, we have "achieved" what it took the Roman empire over 2,000 years to do: produce a decadent society that is rotting from within and about ready to "go down for the count."
While our bankrupt ruling "political nobility" and sinister foreign terrorist states like Iran, North Korea, Venezuela and Russia continue to pose great external threats to our existence as a civilization, the hard fact of life is that our nation is even more threatened by our own degenerating culture. Just consider these hard facts.
First, Hollywood, our most influential "educational" institution, continues to spew forth television shows and films that debase our Judeo-Christian values. As just one example, MTV, that entertainment network for our youth, showcases low-class, hetero and homosexual sex among minors, as if this were the norm in society. Given its great reach, and the willingness of politicians such as Barack Obama and Bill Clinton to use it to reach out for votes, MTV has had an enormous influence and degenerative impact on our youth. And, MTV is just one example. Films like Sacha Baron Cohen's "Bruno," which delved into bestiality, take this filth up yet another notch. These are not the exceptions but the norm. It's time that a competing network to MTV were established – and its time for Hollywood to reform itself.
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Second, our legal and court systems exacerbate the rot from Hollywood. I have written before about the complete lack of integrity among our judges and lawyers. And, consistent with this, I found it ironic the other day to hear Secretary of State Hillary Clinton excoriate Russian Prime Minister Putin for greasing a criminal conviction of a political opponent, when the same thing happens here. And, ironically, if it weren't for the corrupt legal institutions in our nation's capital, Hillary herself would have been put behind bars for decades if not life, given her role in such now-infamous scandals as Chinagate, Travelgate and Filegate, to name must a few. Over 80 witnesses died during her husband's administration; just the law of averages? Hillary is the "poster child" to the absolute cesspool of the legal and governmental systems the American people are forced to endure.
Third, there is the role our clergy play. To say that most of them are not brave followers of Jesus Christ or Moses would be an understatement. More courage is needed among our clergy to affirmatively push a godly agenda, without fear that the state will take away their tax-exempt status. Certainly, there are good and heroic ministers, priests and rabbis that are revolutionary in spirit, but there need to be more during these trying times. And, the men and women of the cloth need to be prepared to take a prominent role in "leading" the people to the "Promised Land" by sticking their necks out big time to fight the corrupt "money changers" in the media, government and legal establishments.
Two-thousand eleven is a watershed year. Either we as a civilization wake up and take on the corrupt elements of our society, or we will cease to exist in short order. Couple this with a continuing downturn in our depressed economy and a nuclear Iran – bent on waging an eventual Holocaust on Christians and Jews – and yes, it's time to take strong measures. Because if we do not, and just rock back and wait for things to get better, Guido's lamentation will have proven to be correct – tomorrow will be worse than today. And, it will ultimately be so bad that we will cease to exist as a people.
That is the lesson for the New Year. Take to the streets and fight for a reformation of society, or this may indeed be the "Year of the Lemon."