When I red on the New York Times that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi finally faces “the corruption charges that have dogged him for decades” because the Constitutional Court (the highest Italian court) overturned the law instituted after Berlusconi latest election last year, granting the Premier immunity from prosecution as far as he remains in office, I felt a sense of ease in my belly that almost made the sugarless coffee I was drinking taste less bitter in my mouth.
But then, when I continued reading that Berlusconi attacked Italian President Giorgio Napolitano of plotting against him by having filled the Constitutional Court with leftists judges who indeed have declared “political war” against Berlusconi’s immunity in response to decision, I almost choked.
What kind of excuse is that? What does the Italian President has to do with the fact that the majority of the judges on the Italian Supreme Court have left wing tendencies since he only elects one third of them (the others are indeed nominated by parliament and by the Supreme Court administration)? How could a Prime Minister already charged with having bribed a British lawyer with $600,000 for covering up two of this corruption charges declare on public television as he did last night on Italian program “PORTA A PORTA” that Napolitano should have sign against the Constitutional Court’s decision to dismiss the immunity law pending to protect the Premier from being charged while still in office.
Whether or not the judges are leftists or not does not justify Berlusconi’s corruption charges and his intent to pay up outrageous amount of money to bribe lawyers to protect him against his own mistakes. Justice has to be made for all and the time for the Premier has come.
So, instead of making a fuss about it on TV as he did last night (please look at THIS YouTube video and cry over Berlusconi spilled milk, or I should say “spilled words”), he should start thinking about the fact that Italians might allow him to have sex offender records on his political agenda, but repetitive accounts of false testimony, bribery, corruption, TV station monopoly, and money slandering it’s just a little too much for someone who is not only the Italian Prime Minister, but a senior G8 leader too.
How could Berlusconi accuse the Italian equivalent of the American Supreme Court of political bias when he is the first one who enforces his right wing political views on the TV channels he owns and the newspapers he “indirectly supports?” Political bias is the glue that holds Italy together and his Prime Minister is the perfect example of what is bound to happen to my country for the rest of its days if we continue electing song writers and an ex-real estate agents to lead our country in the eyes of the world and we allow them to sleep around and to tell about it on TV.
Sadly the corruption infecting my country is symptomatic of a endemic that has been contagious in the years since the Republic was fund: We, as Italians lack a proper organ of check and balance of power and a desire to change things for once and for all. We have had the same political system that our kings of Italy had and, although pristine and traditional as it might sound, it ain’t working at our advantage anymore.
Unfortunately there are some who say Italians have the Prime Minister they voted for. And that is the SAD and UGLY truth. What is most upsetting, having just returned from my beautiful motherland, is realizing how nothing ever changes in Italy. Tourists might think that this is what defines the beauty of such anciant and history-rich country, but in matter of politics, we have had the same disfunctional, corrupted and nepotistic government for years (I suggest your read “The Caste,” by Sergio Rizzo and Gianantonio Stella to get a better understanding of what I am talking about).
And, unless we decide, for once and for all, to elect someone who actually cares about leading a country whose in its earlier Goden Age used to be the leader of the Roman Empire to be a leader not only in corruption cases per year, we might never get out of the deep hole we sank in once we elected Berlusconi to represent us around the world for three times in a row.
Disclaimer: Sadly so, I have to admit, I have been freelancing for Panorama, one of Berlusconi owned publications, for the past year. I do it to inform the Italian public of what goes on in America, but I am as leftist as one could be, yet Berlusconi probably does not even know I exists and I write for his magazine. That is probably why he has not dictated what I should and should not write yet. So, for now, I have decided I will continue reporting for Panorama until that day will come (if ever) with the HOPE (the same hope Obama suggests) that my pen might help change things one word at the time.