Mr. Berlusconi was able to govern Italy for as long as he did mostly thanks to the incompetence of his opposition. It was so rabidly obsessed with his personality that any substantive political debate disappeared; it focused only on personal attacks, the effect of which was to increase Mr. Berlusconi’s popularity. His secret was an ability to set off a Pavlovian reaction among his leftist opponents, which engendered instantaneous sympathy in most moderate voters. Mr. Trump is no different.

Shortly after Mr. Trump gave his acceptance speech, protests sprang up all over America. What are these people protesting against? Whether we like it or not, Mr. Trump won legitimately. Denying that only feeds the perception that there are “legitimate” candidates and “illegitimate” ones, and a small elite decides which is which. If that’s true, elections are just a beauty contest among candidates blessed by the Guardian Council of clerics, just like in Iran.

14 thoughts on “Mr. Berlusconi was able to govern Italy for as long as he did mostly thanks to the incompetence of his opposition….

  1. Man, I sure as hell hope nobody takes advice on how protests should be done from the New York Fucking Times, the people who literally looked out their window in 2003, saw a million people in the streets, shrugged and wrote a headline saying that the war in Iraq would be a complete, dashing success, according to the deranged knife-wielding maniac appointed by the President to talk to them.

  2. < ![CDATA[Man, I sure as hell hope nobody takes advice on how protests should be done from the New York Fucking Times, the people who literally looked out their window in 2003, saw a million people in the streets, shrugged and wrote a headline saying that the war in Iraq would be a complete, dashing success, according to the deranged knife-wielding maniac appointed by the President to talk to them.]]>

  3. Also, Trump hasn’t won “legitimately” until Dec 19th. I’m not holding out hope for an Electoral College upset, but let’s not talk about legitimacy without actually talking about legitimacy. =P

  4. < ![CDATA[Also, Trump hasn't won "legitimately" until Dec 19th. I'm not holding out hope for an Electoral College upset, but let's not talk about legitimacy without actually talking about legitimacy. =P]]>

  5. Yes, and if we kept protesting B. and his ilk after 22 July 2001 we could have lived in a better world. If we could grew closer, and form an actual lobby, an actual party to fight him, we could have created a better world. A world were, at least, Italy wasn’t a dead country.

    But we got scared after he beat the shit of out us, bloodied us and left one of us on the concrete, dead and witouth justice to date.

    Yes, stop protesting. Yes, use “rationalism”. See how well it served us.
    What the Times is writing now, moderate left papers wrote in Italy in 2000.
    See how well it served them.

  6. < ![CDATA[Yes, and if we kept protesting B. and his ilk after 22 July 2001 we could have lived in a better world. If we could grew closer, and form an actual lobby, an actual party to fight him, we could have created a better world. A world were, at least, Italy wasn't a dead country. But we got scared after he beat the shit of out us, bloodied us and left one of us on the concrete, dead and witouth justice to date. Yes, stop protesting. Yes, use "rationalism". See how well it served us. What the Times is writing now, moderate left papers wrote in Italy in 2000. See how well it served them.]]>

  7. Mark Delsing Most of the protests are not contesting the election itself, but denouncing the tide of hate that Trump surfed in on. The goal isn’t to change the results, but to resist the normalization narrative, to call attention to the egregious nature of his first steps, to pressure the lesser actors in this, like congress, to not give him free reign and to exercise their checks and balances.

    And again–Trump hasn’t won yet. The states have been advised of their electorates’ wishes – however distorted that picture may be. The states will select electors on Dec 13th and the electors will vote on Dec 19th. Then, and only then, will Trump have won. Yes, this is pedantic, but the more we say that he’s already won, that we treat this as a done deal, the less likely those lesser actors will be to exercise their legal rights to resist.

  8. < ![CDATA[Mark Delsing Most of the protests are not contesting the election itself, but denouncing the tide of hate that Trump surfed in on. The goal isn't to change the results, but to resist the normalization narrative, to call attention to the egregious nature of his first steps, to pressure the lesser actors in this, like congress, to not give him free reign and to exercise their checks and balances. And again–Trump hasn't won yet. The states have been advised of their electorates' wishes – however distorted that picture may be. The states will select electors on Dec 13th and the electors will vote on Dec 19th. Then, and only then, will Trump have won. Yes, this is pedantic, but the more we say that he's already won, that we treat this as a done deal, the less likely those lesser actors will be to exercise their legal rights to resist.]]>

  9. Yes, B. won too.
    And used that victory to remove rights from everyone, to rule as a monarch. He liked to say that he was “the leader chosen by the majority of the Italians”, like that gave him rights to trumple over the minorance lives.

    Yes, he was elected by law, but not even Law can crush and bypass the rights we agreed every citizen has.
    You American should know, your Bill of Rights was one of the first examples of those agreed rights, your Jefferson wrote part of the immortal Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.

    Trump is menacing those rights, Trump has been elected with fascist and nazist votes. THAT you should protest.
    Is his election legal? Yes.
    Is what he promised rightful? No.
    B. was elected, the first time, legally. Then he proceeded to break the system from the inside, to assure chaos and his eventual return, again, and again, ands again, every time richer when everyone was poorer, in money AND rights.
    And it was legal, every. Single. Time.

    The shoah was legal, the kurdish massacre is legal, the death of thousands in the Mediterranean is legal.
    B. growing like a parasite on the skin of a whole Nation was perfectly legal.

    Legal doesn’t mean RIGHT.
    Fight on to make RIGHT become legal, do not be blinded by the contrary.

    And, if you were wondering: yes. This is the knee jerk reaction of an honest, moral, progressist Italian to that name and that fucking picture, after eighteen years from the first time we had the misfortune do hearing the news of his “descending to the field”.
    He still is the single person whose death (soon… soon) I will cheer, hoping for his wrinkled soul to be dispersed by Hel winds.

    Do you want to become like that? Do you want to feel the gut wranching sensation of hate, loss and despair I’m feeling right now, just because I saw that horrible grin of his?

    Then keep fight. Keep remembering that legal doesn’t mean right, that majority doesn’t mean be the absolute rulers, that, yes, you will attack the man, but the system will be rigged in such a way that the man and the deeds will be one and the same.

    I don’t have a magic recipe, we lost, after all, we were bloodied and killed and lost, but you should keep fighting.
    That indignation you feel now? Keep it alive. Don’t allow him to scare you into thinking that’s normal.
    That’s how we lost.

  10. < ![CDATA[Yes, B. won too. And used that victory to remove rights from everyone, to rule as a monarch. He liked to say that he was "the leader chosen by the majority of the Italians", like that gave him rights to trumple over the minorance lives. Yes, he was elected by law, but not even Law can crush and bypass the rights we agreed every citizen has. You American should know, your Bill of Rights was one of the first examples of those agreed rights, your Jefferson wrote part of the immortal Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. Trump is menacing those rights, Trump has been elected with fascist and nazist votes. THAT you should protest. Is his election legal? Yes. Is what he promised rightful? No. B. was elected, the first time, legally. Then he proceeded to break the system from the inside, to assure chaos and his eventual return, again, and again, ands again, every time richer when everyone was poorer, in money AND rights. And it was legal, every. Single. Time.
    The shoah was legal, the kurdish massacre is legal, the death of thousands in the Mediterranean is legal.
    B. growing like a parasite on the skin of a whole Nation was perfectly legal.
    Legal doesn’t mean RIGHT.
    Fight on to make RIGHT become legal, do not be blinded by the contrary.
    And, if you were wondering: yes. This is the knee jerk reaction of an honest, moral, progressist Italian to that name and that fucking picture, after eighteen years from the first time we had the misfortune do hearing the news of his “descending to the field”.
    He still is the single person whose death (soon… soon) I will cheer, hoping for his wrinkled soul to be dispersed by Hel winds.
    Do you want to become like that? Do you want to feel the gut wranching sensation of hate, loss and despair I’m feeling right now, just because I saw that horrible grin of his?
    Then keep fight. Keep remembering that legal doesn’t mean right, that majority doesn’t mean be the absolute rulers, that, yes, you will attack the man, but the system will be rigged in such a way that the man and the deeds will be one and the same.
    I don’t have a magic recipe, we lost, after all, we were bloodied and killed and lost, but you should keep fighting.
    That indignation you feel now? Keep it alive. Don’t allow him to scare you into thinking that’s normal.
    That’s how we lost.]]>