Gnashing of teeth? I guess not.

So, for the first time in my life, I’m now living in a country where the government has collapsed. It’s my understanding that because 2 people more than usual voted against Prodi, he decided to resign rather than fight it out.

And oddly enough, I didn’t know this when I went to the grocery store. Indeed, it’s a very sunny day. People are out shopping and running errands. The same two guys that are always outside of the cafe were still outside of the cafe. Nonplussed is what comes to my mind.

So I asked my local expert, Luigi, what was going on, and he said this is normal. Actually, Berlusconi is the only PM that made it all the way to the 5 year term. Really? Hmm, now I’m having a few doubts about this place. But then again, it says a lot that the Italian people really function just fine without a government. No one seems alarmed.

Think of the few times it has happened in our country through either assassination or a resignation. I mean, people still talk about it. And here, well, yes, Luigi at least seems upset and it did make the headlines, but there is no ripple of uncertainty. Indeed, it seems this is certainty.

And here I thought it would be something so glamorous. Wrong again.

3 responses to “Gnashing of teeth? I guess not.

  1. I guess the shut down of the federal government a few years ago isn’t exactly the same. The writer’s strike is beginning to feel like the collapse of western civilization.

  2. I haven’t noticed any real effect of the writer’s strike. Is it still going on?

  3. I like it! It’s not the government that is screwing things up, its the people who are placed in control of the government who screw things up. Just started reading A Peoples History of the United States by Howard Zinn. It’s the other side of the story – I think it fits right in.

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