Sunday, October 11, 2009
Meanwhile, In Downtown Italy
Silvio! And 'Friend', 18-Year-Old Noemi Letizia
In the wake of Silvio Berlusconi having his legal immunity as (alleged) head of state removed by one Italian court, The UK Guardian reported that the Billionaire Clown-In-Chief Oligarch master of the Italian Republic gave a press conference yesterday, as prosecutors in a second courtroom in Milan advised judges that Silvio's! guilt over bribing a witness in a tax evasion case against him had been "amply demonstrated".
But -- Ha Ha Ha; Silvio !!!! looked at the assembled journalists and declared, "I am, and not only in my own opinion, the best prime minister who could be found today... I believe there is no one in history to whom I should feel inferior. Quite the opposite."
In All Human History; No One More Persecuted. The Pope (Not to
Mention The Staff At Yad Vashem, and All Empathetic, Thinking
Humans) May Have Another View. (UK Telegraph; July, 2009)
Ah, but Silvio didn't stop there. "In absolute terms, I am the most legally persecuted man of all times, in the whole history of mankind, worldwide, because I have been subjected to more than 2,500 court hearings and I have the good luck – having worked well in the past and having accumulated an important wealth – to have been able to spend more than €200m in consultants and judges ... I mean in consultants and lawyers."
Oopsie! Ah, that naughty Silvio !! Little Freudian slip there, Silvie.
One of the problems in all of this is, Berlusconi is partially correct. He's a Right-wing politician, but has been able to forge a political partnership between the Right (which includes openly Fascist groups) and moderate, centrist parties in Italy's continually chaotic political landscape. Italy has had fifty-plus governments since 1945. So, even if Silvio is manifestly corrupt, there has been a lot of head-turning and fingers-in-the-ears-saying-la-la-la-la-I-don't-hear-you going on during Berlusconi's tenure... just so the country can have a stable government, for a change. Corrupt, but more or less stable.
[Incidentally -- All that, boys and girls, is why you should thank whatever manifestation of the positive forces of the Universe you believe in that we don't have a Parliamentary system.]
Italians could (apparently) forgive his occasional use of his office to increase his personal fortune; we all expect that of our Oligarchs. Even his operatic personal style, his frequent histrionics... well; the Italians seem to expect that of their politicians, too.
However, his continual flaunting of surface morality (including the 18-year old daughter of a political ally), together with his Sociopathic views of himself, means he has embarrassed many Italians -- a thing, considering Italians, which is difficult to do.
Noemi Letizia, 18-Year-Old Close Personal Friend.
All this comes on the heels of other public statements Berlusconi made on Italian television (much of which Little Silvio owns) in the wake of losing his immunity from prosecution -- which included characterizing a political rival as stupid, because they were female ("more beautiful than intelligent"), and lashing out at Italy's president, Giorgio Napolitano, for not using his political influence to sway the judges in his favor.
When politicians openly declare that their colleagues should force their country's impartial system of Justice to give them an acquittal, we call them Toast.