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Chuck Pinkey

December 31, 2013

Let's all go back into the closet in '14

To those of you who didn’t find that sparkling new Lexus, Mercedes or Audi sitting in the driveway of your million-dollar home on Christmas morning with a red ribbon on it, join the club! Once again, my wife says, “Next year, for sure!”

I’ll tell ya, when that “next year” arrives, the Caribbean cruise, the Mercedes, the bench rest target rifle, the hunting trip to Kodiak Island, and that new King-Cab 4wd pickup, I’ll be in hog-heaven!

However, focusing on 2014, what New Year wishes would tickle the heart of this old conservative? Maybe, Sam Pollak joining the NRA, or Gov. Cuomo bunking with Rod Blagojevich, or President Obama getting caught telling the truth might do the trick.

Snapping back to reality, I’ve had a pet peeve for a long time, and it will most likely remain just that, but with all the flak about Duck Dynasty, my main 2014 New Year wish would be for all of us to return to the “closet.” Yes, return to the closet. 

I realize the days of the Puritans are long gone, and that’s not necessarily all bad, but this constant focus on sex, and the sexual aggression of young men and women will continue to decay our Judeo-Christian ethics and morals. Does anyone think this media-driven, public fixation with sex 24/7 is a good thing?

People say that my time is over, and we can never go back. Well, I’m 64 years old, and there sure won’t be another 64, but history tells us that mankind does go back. The decadence of Rome ended, and Elizabethan England eventually gave way to Victorian England.

In America, we’ve had the 1890s followed by the Roaring ‘20s. The 1940s and ‘50s were traditional and family-oriented, and they were followed by the late ‘60s revolution.

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