Three days ago Berlusconi has been kicked out from Senate, with immediate effect, due to the final sentence of guilt over his tax evasion trials.
We call his outing ‘decadence’, it’s very appropriate for the fall of Nero, it is just ironic that they would choose this time and this sentence -among the many he had- to toss him out like dirty laundry.
It’s reminiscent of the Al Capone sentence, they finally framed him for a crime he did commit, but come on, he has committed so many that he now, understandably, feels diminished to be succesfully asked to leave for this very minor misdemeanor.
In Italy we have a certified tax evasion of 250 billions euro, we even know where the money is, I know this because if we didn’t know we wouldn’t know HOW MUCH has been hidden out in the world’s fiscal paradises, we must know as well who the money belongs to, not that we really want to know, they are all friends of friends, they are the Lords of the Manor, the imaginary blue blooded people that still hold titles they can use only among themselves, because we have deposed the king after the second world war, so the game was over, we thought, but some games are hard to die.
Our Politics is a disgrace, even the European Parliament takes exception at how we run this country, the only thing we could agree about with Mr. Berlusconi, is that our Justice system sucks.
Even in this last facetious attempt at justice we could easily spot the problem, justice is just a way to manage the system for those that own it, the problem is that we have a country where no one is really in charge and no one is accountable, we have a Political Corporation that rewards it’s Fat Cats Members, no matter which side they play on, with millions of Euros, while those at the bottom starve and can’t make it to the end of the month.
And yet, all that is Legal, it is legal to pay those in parliament 15.000 euros a month for not attending their duties and it is legal to grant golden pensions to those who only have one legislation under their belt, which in Italy may as well mean 6 months of work, for a life pension scheme that can reach 30.000 euro per month and can be doubled for those that served both in the Chamber and in the Senate.
So Mr. Berlusconi outrage is comprehensible, if he were more like Al Capone he would cry to please charge him for the major crimes he has really committed, tax fraud in a country where 250 billions have evaded taxes is like accusing someone to steal candies when everyone is doing it – what’s wrong with it- it’s a bit like when Prof. Aurity denounced the Bank of Italy for crimes against humanity and he was told that, he was ‘in theory’ right, but the fact that this had become customary practice made it impossible to proceed with prosecution. Get that? If they fucked you once and you said nothing about it, the legal assumption is that you enjoyed it and you lose your right to complain further down the line.
So, really, what is wrong with tax evasion in Italy when everyone is doing it, hasn’t Mr. Berlusconi got a point there?
In truth Berlusconi is paying for his insubordination to the IMF and the Central Banks, for the time when he stood up to not implement further austerity a few years ago because it was not politically justifiable or viable for him, mind you, he never had the interest of the country or of the people at heart, it was a personal popularity concern he had with the IMF and the Central Banking system, which led to him being asked to resign for the underage prostitution case and was then replaced by a technical government, one technically entitled to implement all of the IMF and Central Banking system suggestions and look where it took us, we now have a lower public debt (meaning we owe the banks less in interest on the usury we have grown accustomed to) and an impoverished nation with starving children.
Mr. Berlusconi made the mistake to underestimate the powers that are running the show, he believed he had amassed enough money to be safe from harm, instead, when push came to shove, his men left him for an ‘higher call’, they said the interest of the country was paramount and had to come before his personal interests (which translates in ‘we are all set here and we don’t need you anymore, thankyouverymuch’) plus they knew he had made enemies too powerful to stand by him without going down together and so they let him sink alone, with just a few die hard followers who could not be recycled anywhere if they left his tail.
What did he leave behind? A clean politics fit to bring back employment in Italy and some semblance of a solution?
No, those left behind are still cut out of the same cloth, they are those that want to impose austerity on a country on its knees, those that have sold out our industries, privatized our utilities and are now in the process of selling off what belongs to all, transforming the real bricks and mortar into imaginary numbers to satisfy a make belief spreadsheet, the SPREAD was never about numbers, was about how willing we were to bend down and let Politics do its numbers while shifting every conceivable wealth from the bottom to the top.
Meanwhile we have become the resigned ones, they must be doing all this on purpose, some days I imagine our politicians having meetings in which they roll on the floor laughing for what they come up with, they work hard to make us disillusioned and disgusted by Politics – and yet, if we give in THAT specific power, that is when we have lost it all, we have lost our Mind if we give up.
What is going on is our responsibility, we are here just like everyone else, we are equally responsible to those empowered to screw us, because We empowered them, yesterday I saw a mother on TV who is now in the Senate with the 5 Star Movement, saying just this, that she doesn’t take the Guilt Trip offered by Berlusconi who wrote in his letter to the M5Star ‘ if you now go ahead and vote to cast me out you are in fact killing Democracy and this will be a Shame you will have to Live with’ and she said ‘NO, we will vote you out because we are in a Democracy and I would have felt ashamed if I had not participated to change the way things are, if I didn’t stand up to come and tell you all that it’s Enough, that would be shameful, but I left my job to stand here and make sure I don’t leave to my children this world as it is, because it sucks and we allowed it to get this far and it’s up to us all to correct it now.’
If you believe Life is a Human Right, if you are tired of being entertained by Court Jesters who keep up the magic tricks pretending to change things while they keep reshuffling powers and wealth among themselves (except when one gets thrown out in the street like Berlusconi – but we’ll survive that), stand up, consider our proposal, spread the word, become part of the decision, because We Are The ones That Decide if we take another dish from the Monopoly Kitchen or if we set up our own, a kitchen that will feed all equally, a system that consider all its parts not in terms of profit but in terms of needs it’s possible, it’s doable, we just have to say so.
Living income guaranteed for All is Here, say ENOUGH and stand for it as part of the Change you want to see in this World.