DECLINE AND FALL OF ROME AND ITS CHRISTMAS TREE – It’s all, sadly, very symbolic:
Romans are up in arms over the tree that has been dubbed “Spelacchio”. Roughly translated as mangy or baldy, the name given to the tree in the capital’s Piazza Venezia has become a symbol of what many see as the eternal city’s eternal decay.
“It’s a disgrace. It hurts even to look at this Christmas tree,” one Roman resident told Reuters Television, using an Italian term suggesting that it looked like a plucked chicken.
“How can they have put it in Rome, a capital city like Rome,” said the woman, who declined to give her name.
Some have even likened “Spelacchio” to a toilet brush.
Many Romans on social media have pointed a finger at Mayor Virginia Raggi, a leading light in the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, who has been getting negative seasons greetings because of the dire state of the city.
Raggi has tried to shrug off the uproar, saying the tree had been decorated in a “simple and refined” fashion.
(It’s dead, Jim – Rome’s mangy Christmas tree)
Last week, a veterans group in the Italian city of Bolzano gave an “athlete of the year” award to Elena Pirrone, world champion of junior cycling. The group set up a Christmas tree for the event. The next morning, the organization’s president was woken up by a phone call. He was told to remove the Christmas tree, so as to avoid offending Muslims.
“On Friday morning, the president of the Atesini veterans, Alberto Ferrini, was woken up by a phone call, asking him to remove that tree, because at midday a Muslim association would meet in the hall and that decoration could have offended the sensibility of those present,” local paper Alto Adige reported.
Rome’s Christmas tree is dying preemptively so as not to offend anyone.
The Muslim immigration is not the cause of the incidents like that at Bolzano. The European culture and civilisation are in decline, the self-confidence and pride for decades eaten away by the termites of all sorts of -isms. The best and the brightest are dying to abase themselves and surrender to anyone. Like the original Roman Empire, the door and the walls are thoroughly rotten and need only a light kick to come crashing down. The original barbarians were mostly Christians in awe of the empire that fell to them, wanting to imitate and continue the glory that was Rome and bask it its glory. Today’s Europe and Europeans are not as lucky.