United States of Denial
People have been asking me what were the comments over in Europe about the Governor of New York’s dalliances on the dark side. I must say that in Italy, the entire incident received quite scant attention. The blurb was pretty much relegated to that of turning to the comics pages and checking out ‘Ripley’s Believe it or Not!”.
Once again, the Italians were flummoxed by the complete contradiction of America, with its ‘Sex & the City’ tales and then, its utter contempt when someone goes out into that very city to have sex. [Although the bathing suit shot of Spitzer’s hooker did garner a few extra choice placements….]
In Italy, it’s not the whores who bring the guy out of Government: not so long ago, it was the strippers who, after parading topless in the streets, actually formed the ‘Party of Love’ and went on to find a few places in Parliament! Perhaps Spitzer could follow in their platform shoe steps.
Typically, as the ‘man on the street’ comments go, it amounts to: “If he were an Italian politician, he’d be outed from office for NOT having done it!!” They said the same thing about Gary Hart after he was caught on the ‘Monkey Business’. After all, in Italy, even the real white collar crimes of payoffs, mafia connections, graft & corruption go unpunished, judging by the 50-odd convicted criminal politicians still sitting in Parliament, only to keep up their own Monkey Business.
I believe the only reason the hanky-panky doesn’t make headlines here is that most journalists, whistle blowers and the opposition pretty much abide by the Bible: “He who has no sin cast the first stone”.
And, just like during the cold war, it keeps everyone in a state of détente and, a state of denial.