All Democratic Elections Beginning to Look the Same: Berlusconi Tries to Pull a Bush
††††††††††† The Italians have just had a close election where the left candidate, Romano Prodi, eeked out a narrow victory over the right candidate, incumbent Silvio Berlusconi.† Prodiís popular margin of 25,000 out of 38 million votes cast is small.
††††††††††† Ever since the 2000 presidential election when Bush lost but took office anyway, incumbent losers are trying to remain in office if the margin is small.† This is what Gerhard Schroeder tried to do in the German elections last year, when he lost by a small margin to Angela Merkel.†
††††††††††† Now, Silvio Berlusconi is refusing to concede defeat, claiming the election was won by fraud.† This is highly unlikely in an election with an 84% turnout. †The truth is that all democratic elections are beginning to look similar.† The electorate is evenly and closely divided.† Is it really possible that the United States, Germany and Italy; where the issues vary widely from country to country, are all split 50-50 down the middle?
††††††††††† The answer is yes, because in every country the voters are trying to get the politicians to work together for the benefit of the whole, instead of allowing the political partisanship to paralyze the government in the face of pressing economic and social issues.† So far, no country has succeeded; but the fact that world leaders, beginning with Bush, show such utter contempt for the judgement of the people they are supposed to lead should make the current drift toward war, economic collapse and rising taxes completely comprehensible.