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Perhaps one of the greatest Christian movies ever made was The Shawshank Redemption a very good story by Stephen King where all the elements of the great moral drama come together. In my opinion the most important lesson in the movie is almost hidden: evil always overplays its hand. The warden, blinded by a voracious avarice, applies the meticulous nature of his profession a bit too much. To keep the accounting of his crooked business, he uses Andy, one of the interns. In the end the much more intelligent, much more meticulous Andy, manages to blow the crooked warden’s cover. Then the roles are reversed: Andy reveals the details of the criminal enterprise to the press. Near the end of the movie, the warden is surrounded by the State Police, he is now “inside” while Andy is “outside”. Unable to stand the punishments for his actions, the warden kills himself (he chose Hell) and the action then moves towards Mexico where Red (Andy’s best friend played by Morgan Freeman) meets Andy (played by Tim Robbins) who is fixing an old boat on the beaches of Zihuatanejo by the Pacific: he chose Heaven.
Up to the moment when the newspapers learn of the Shawshank corruption racket, everything was going great for the warden. All of that changed in one minute.
2 Peter 3:10 — But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.
In this part of the world, the hometown of Pope Francis, corruption has increased exponentially since the days when the nation was founded. Although there were glorious exceptions to the rule, most Argentine rulers and administrations have been corrupt in one way or another. Whether the rulers are Radicals or Peronists, civilian or military they all belong to the GCP, the Great Corruption Party. That force is dedicated to maintaining the country closed to the world so they can “hunt in the chicken-coop” — meaning: deprive their forcefully confined compatriots of the fruits of their labor — The demonic Argentine statu quo has become a very efficient exploitation machine. Our Blessed Sovereign King Fernando VII, the King Argentines stabbed in the back to gain their so-called independence, would have never allowed a system so oppressive to take root in these land, dominated (to borrow the words of a more recent King of Spain, Don Juan Carlos) “horteras hijos de [expletive]” (transl. “vulgar sons of a streetwalker” and I am being a merciful translator.)
That meat grinder that is euphemistically called the Argentine government, has generated a system in which about 30% of the population live in squalor, they are part of the 50% who live in poverty, while most of the other lucky half are prisoners of a commercial-governmental alliance that makes them pay five times the international price for most manufactured goods — and I am being generous because when one compares the quality of such goods to those sold at top price in international markets, the only thing one can conclude is: Argentines are Shawshank prisoner, buying low quality goods at top price in the prison canteen.
USA citizens should observe and study the Argentine case, and see the final product delivered by the not-so-subtle alliance of Big Business & Big Government. That would allow Americans to understand what is being done to their country since the days of President Wilson, the first Progressive ruler elected in the United States.
Lately, since I had the bad idea of seeking refuge in these part of the globe, I have been in the ugly receiving end of various corruption enterprises. Many of you know my cross in detail. Since the last presidential elections here, the government has been doing its best to remove the various mafias, installed mostly by Peronist administrations since 1946. The new administration is fighting those giant monsters the best they can with mixed success. Of course the reformers are being accused of all the kinds of wrongdoing that were common currency when the Peronists were in power. Peron was a big cynic and his political apples don’t fall far from the Peronist tree. Suffering Argentines with a working brain, realize that this government may not be the best but they can’t conceive returning to the past. We simply could not continue to live that way — unless we wanted to become Venezuela.
One personal example
In my own little big drama, one of my brothers, a poor man with thirty plus years of psychiatric history, and my sister interned with an incurable mental disease, are being manipulated by unscrupulous individuals to participate in a lawsuit to divide our inheritance consisting of four modest abodes. The lawsuit was filed in a court (Juzgado 51, Buenos Aires, docket number 191828/2014) where recently the judge Silvia Yolanda Tanzi called an audience of all parts involved, to resolve that totally unnecessary and costly division. Unfortunately, due to “a procedural error” only the brother mentioned above, and my sister were summoned. Neither my youngest brother nor myself were ever notified. What a pity. My sister was accompanied by her State designated defender, named to represent her in her disability process. Here is where things begin to get interesting. See, my sister is interned in a geriatric home due to her condition. The owner of that geriatric home is married to someone employed in the judicial system, and — lo an behold, my sister’s ‘State designated’ defender is one of the best friends of said owner of the geriatric home— Like warden Norton would have exclaimed: “Lord! It’s a miracle!”
There is much more to this “judicial process” than meets the eye but this is a tiny example. The objective is to send yours truly to join the legion of homeless wandering the streets of Buenos Aires perhaps by forcing the family properties to be sold at auction. I won’t complicate this brief description by adding unnecessary details. Trust me, I promise you that if any honest gumshoe or journalist investigates this case, they will uncover big things. Lacking trust in any government agency, I have disclosed the details to the office of President Mauricio Macri, and to a certain journalist that has the means to investigate this to the fullest extent. I won’t go without a fight. Even if I am killed, no one can stop this from being blown open. Thousands of people all over the world will read this article before the end of the day.
Back to the general problem of corruption anytime anywhere: The Argentine economist José Luis Espert, a brilliant man author of the book La Argentina Devorada (Argentina Devoured, available as a Kindle e-book) said in a recent television interview:
“I do not understand how we fail to connect what is happening to us with what we do. It is rare to find a society that does not connect causes and consequences. That is Argentina for you.”
My translation of a very colloquial phrase meaning basically: Argentines keep repeating the same mistakes and obtaining the same old results. Never failing to be surprised by them.
I agree with Mr Espert, having observed the same thing myself. I only disagree in one small issue: the general population of Argentina is not repeating mistaken actions but are the suffering victims of a Big Business & Big Government alliance that keep repeating what for them are very profitable actions. The meat grinder is working fine for the farmer but not so much for the pigs.
Some say that the present administration is trying to save Argentina from the inevitable social explosion that is consuming Venezuela right now. I wish them luck and yet I know that the future liberation of this country must come from its Catholic roots. Looking at the state of the local Catholic Church, that seems quite unlikely but we must never forget that the infinite power of God is behind the Church. What is more important, God loves the oppressed and has the power even to bring back to life those whose lives were wasted by the stupidity of the oppressive Leviathans ruling this world. That is why the American motto is so important: “In God We Trust” — because ultimately, only God can produce a happy ending to human history. He is the author of happiness.
Corruption kills. Every day thousands and thousands of human beings are killed as a direct consequence of corruption. That is nothing compared to the millions perishing slowly from the consequences of corruption of all kinds. For those who benefit from corruption the end is usually violent: many are caught, incarcerated, etc. and end up their lives in misery. Others take their own life and never get to enjoy the poisonous fruit of their usurious dealings. Corruption is a fruit of stupidity, low intelligence, a sort of retardation. The world is groaning under the weight of corruption. That is no wonder, since the inmates are running the asylum.
Why do the nations conspire,
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and his anointed, saying,
‘Let us burst their bonds asunder,
and cast their cords from us.’
He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord has them in derision.
Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
‘I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.’
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