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PostItaly's Constitutional Referendum (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 09/14/16 4:42 am)
The Empire, as usual, has entered into the domestic matters of Italy. There was no need to enter into Italy's foreign affairs, as this country is already an excellent obedient colony.
This fall Italy will hold a referendum on the proposed modifications of the Constitution.
The present one was drafted just after WWII, following the provisions of the Peace Treaty (Diktat) of 10 February 1947 and, in spite of the fact that the constitution is the best in the world according to the new Italian antifascist religion, in my view it is disgusting.
There have been several attempts over the years to modify it, but all have failed.
Now the Renzi government has proposed a modification that, even if badly needed, may make the situation worse.
John Phillips, US Ambassador, has taken a position in favor of the government modifications, explaining that if rejected, Italy will suffer from the withdrawal of foreign investment. This declaration has been backed up by Fitch Ratings statements.
The president of the republic, as the usual good lackey, is trying to smooth the situation.
The Italian government has further decided to sent troops to Misurata, Libya, 300+ persons and a field hospital.
JE comments: The constitutional reform is intended to weaken the Senate, with the goal of making the government less volatile, to lessen disruptions and turnover. Eugenio: according to the Time article below, Italy's original post-WWII constitution was designed specifically to prevent too much centralized power, such as under Mussolini. Wouldn't you therefore be in support of the constitutional changes?
Postscript on Italy's Constitutional Referendum
(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy
09/16/16 4:07 AM)
John E asked why I am against the proposed constitutional changes in Italy, given that the modified constitution will serve to strengthen the role of the head of state.
I hate the present constitution but the proposed modifications will not improve it, Furthermore I hate foreign interventions. Never ask for foreign help to solve domestic problems. They should always be solved internally.
JE comments: The referendum is scheduled for November, although the exact date is listed as "To Be Determined." Isn't it getting late to pick a day?
The slogans go straight to the point: "Basta un Si" vs "Io Voto No." I hope they didn't spend a lot of money on branding consultants to arrive at those messages.
What do other WAISers think: Has there ever been a moment in history when foreign intervention helped to resolve a country's internal difficulties? In this country we're pretty thankful for France's intervention during the American Revolution.