I usually don’t like to discuss politics, because, like religion, it is a personal matter. Everyone has their own opinion, and everyone is entitled to have that opinion. I detest people that try to push their political or religious views on others – for me, they just like to instigate trouble or are ignorant. Tolerance is important in today’s society…if people only had more of it, we may not be in such sad shape.
But putting all politics aside and focusing on common sense, we come to discuss Premier Silvio Berlusconi!!! As Premier of Italy, and head of the conservative party, he sure seems to do a lot of really stupid things. Now, politically, he may be a great leader (I don’t know for certain, and that is not the scope of this post so I hope not to offend anyone here), but socially he is a mess! When he is not implicated in some sex scandal, he is quoted as saying something stupid. His last guffaw came this week when he saved a 17 year old Moroccan girl from being arrested for shoplifting. The girl was detained by Milan police, but then released when the police received a call from Berlusconi’s office that he would take care of the matter. He claimed it was an act of solidarity. Solidarity with whom is not quite clear, but in his eyes, it was a chivalrous act on his behalf. Evidently, he is personally acquainted with the young woman (and again, the nature of this acquaintance is a bit querulous). She has been a guest at his villa several times. And she has been quoted in saying that she “adores” the Premier! In response to the inquiries made as to his saving of the young maiden, Berlusconi said, “Well, it’s better to be passionate over a young woman than a gay!!” As you can imagine, the public outcry was incredible. Every gay group in Italy rose to the attack and accused him of being homophobic. According to Arcigay, a gay rights group, the premier’s comments “represent a dangerous incitement to prejudice and helps legitimize discrimination, injustice and suffering.” Berlusconi’s office has said it was all a joke – but joking or not, he said it in a public forum! He really should learn to think before he speaks, because he causes great embarassment to himself as well as the Italian government. I’m not exactly sure how he always comes out “smelling like a rose”, but he certainly either has extreme luck or some very good publicists and political allies!
Oh, povera Italia….speriamo in bene (Oh, poor Italy…we hope all turns out well)