Thursday, December 25, 2008

The lessons of "It's a Wondreful Life".

Merry Christmas and God bless us everybody. I'll admit, Christmas is one of my least favorites holidays. The monotonous songs, the greedy shoppers, stale holiday shows, but worse of all, nothing showing the meaning of Christmas at all. Just pure commercialism. However, there is one thing I always look forward to during Christmas time: It's a Wonderful Life.

I'm a fan of the classic movies: Citizen Kane (ROSEBUD!), It Happened One Night, and of course, Star Wars (if you want to consider that a classic), but right up there is It's a Wonderful Life. Times were far different back then and considering what we're tolerating as a society, far better as well. For those of you ignorant of the classic (as many liberals are) it's a story of a man, George Baily, that's frustrated with his life as it didn't turn out as he hoped and during a dark day in his life was planning to end it all. He was saved by, do I dare say the word, a Davine act of God. God sends an angel, Clarence, to convince him is life is valuable and worth saving. Using George's frustration, Clarence is able to grant him his wish of never having been born.

George Baily touch many lives while cooped up in that lowly town of Bedford Falls working for his tiny Savings and Loan. He saved his brother when he was 9 but at the cost of hearing in his left ear. Kept a pharmacist from accidentally poisoning a kid when distraught over his son's death from the Spanish Flu, but his greatest feat was his love for the people that passionated him to fight against the evil miser: Mister Potter. He was the richest, most powerful and meanest man in Beford Falls. He exploited the poverty to fill his pocket renting out slums. A true slum lord and manipulate the business owners to gain a controlling interest in all commerce, which in 1933, the buying out of the bank during a panic. George had to use his own money to gain the only thing that Potter couldn't buy or control: The Savings and Loan.

What did that Savings and Loan do for the people? Gave them hope and eventually work their way out of poverty. Got them out of the influence of the greedy, evil Mr. Potter and break his power among the citizens. At a loss of George's hope and dreams of seeing the world while his brother got his education, his brother work for his father-in-law in a new business that boomed, and his friends going on to bigger and better things. He lost sight of that and what he meant to the people that he befriend and helped.

As I see the evil that is not only rampant, but gleefully exposed while the evil ones are either treated as rock stars as in that thief that stole the $50 billion dollars, but the Illinois Governor that feels that he's done nothing wrong or should be above the law since everyone does it. My God, and what's worse, nobody holding anyone accountable. Evil shines on. We're willing to let the Hitler of our time get the bomb, have sympathies for evil terrorist in Gitmo, spit on our troops while we pour perfume on the feet of terrorist and our enemies and kiss their feet begging for forgiveness. And what does Hollywood spew out today, violent garbage where the thug is revered while the police and true heros are villified or mocked. Abortion, euthanasia, eugenics are all viewed as righteous causes. They disdain the family, God, the working man. Qualities that made the above movie such a classic. The apathy people feel today and how we don't hold any of our leaders accountable makes me sick.

The fact that George love for the people allow his to gain his victory in his fight against evil. George was the only one willing to stand up and fight against evil even when it was convenient or at expense to himself. It's a lesson that's often overlooked. I don't know if John Coppa had that in mind, but that's what it expressed to me. I can only imagined how after the town got together and helped him during his darkest moment when all looked lost how devastating it would had been had he committed suicide that night. How the evil Mister Potter would had rejoiced (if he has any joy left at all in his stone heart). How everyone in the town would had lost the last light of hope. I now look at my fellow countrymen and don't have to anymore.

The movie is a testament to individual endurance and how people, not government, will provide the best cure for their ills. When the bank fail, did the people ask for a bailout? Nope. None existed at that time. The citizens, thanks to inspiration from George, overcame it and avoided to being enslaved to Potter. George's brother and childhood friend eventually got a factory opened providing the work needed. People were able to provide for themselves and had faith in their selves. When he was never born, things were far darker. People were more miserable, evil was rampage, self destruction was everywhere. Hope was completely gone. One good man had such a huge impact and when it was gone, it left a huge hole. What a terrible waste it is to throw it all away. It was once said all evil need to proliferate is for good men to do nothing. Will we good people finally rise up against all this evil, or like Potterville (what the town became because George wasn't there to stop Potter from taking over the Savings and Loan after his father died), will we plunge into darkness and hopelessness.

Personally, conserative people need to get back to our roots, fight back, and like George Baily, be willing to put others over ourselves. We can no longer afford to be apathic and do nothing. Together we can defeat this evil and bring about a prosperous nation again. Just as one man can bring hope, individual achievements, and defeat a mighty, powerful, and evil enemy, we can to turn things around in American or else It's a Wonderful Life may just well become what just that. A wonderful, but fastasial movie.


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