It did, and he died. Good riddance too.
He was a dreadful individual, of absolutely no account, as we used to say in the olden days of backwoods Georgia. He had made his wife miserable for years.
He would steal the money for her epilepsy pills to buy gifts for his girlfriend.
Almost immediately after the interment, his wife lit a candle for him, and the light’s been burning ever since — in the house and in her heart.
She now says what a fine fellow he was, and describes his many good deeds. He was a wonderful husband, a family man and an admirable dad.
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The Berlin Wall fell in 1989, bringing the Era of Communism pretty much to a close. Some diehard basket cases linger on, of course: Cuba, Laos, North Korea. Others are creeping slowly into the capitalist camp, hoping nobody will notice.
That would be China and Vietnam.
But for all practical purposes, Communism is dead, a 20th century test of silly idealism that bloodily blew up in the faces of those who experimented with it.
And precisely like my sister-in-law and her deadbeat spouse, many people are beginning to light candles and speak in a kindly fashion about Communism yet again.
A friend just returned from a “nature tour” of Cuba, his first visit. He tells me of the friendly people, the “free” health care and education. He tells me how safe it is there, which is true. One can always walk the streets of dictatorships without worry.
Crime is nonexistent. I recall the calm streets I strolled in Haiti during the Duvalier dictatorship in the 1970s. Downtown Berlin was nice and peaceful in 1936.
Well, if you were not a Jew or a gypsy.
Croft, a frequent commenter here from Canada, is quite smitten by the Cuban Communist regime. He is one of, apparently, a growing legion.
CNN employs Van Jones for political feedback during the presidential debates, as if he were a normal person. Jones was Obama’s “Green Czar” for a spell until he was fired as quietly as possible following praise of Mao Zedong in a speech.
Another of Obama’s early appointments, Anita Dunn, was canned from her job as interim communications director for the same reason, praising Mao in a speech.
I once mentioned Jones and Dunn to my sister, a big Obama fan, and her reaction was: So what? Mao was not so bad. This is a woman with multiple graduate degrees.
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Precisely as my sister-in-law has chosen to forget the abuse of her husband, many of today’s opinion-makers in the media and academia are choosing to forget Communism’s crimes, and light candles to its equality, its fairness, its basic nobility.
Overlooked are the gulags, the prison camps, the forced labor, the mass murders, the killing fields, the intentional starvation of millions, the oppression of the human spirit.
Communism is being rehabilitated right before your eyes. Watch out.
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Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
— George Santayana