The 5-Star Movement in Parliament
You will see that I’m all beautifully suntanned, but I have to tell you that's only because it’s 30 degrees out there. I’m here in Genoa and I have truly changed my mind about the greenhouse effect. Now I’m all for the green house effect, to the point where I have started up all our cars, including my sons’ cars, and I’ve turned the heating up to the maximum so as to produce more Co2 and to increase the green house effect because 30 degree temperatures are something that we haven’t seen here in the past 20 years. My salamanders are having an identity crisis and we’ve had a polar bear passing through here asking “Where the hell must I go?”. Jokes aside, what I wanted to say is that the 5-Star Movement is now two years old. Tomorrow is the 4th October, Saint Francis Day, the day that the Movement was born at the Smeraldo Theatre in Milan, with its own programme if you remember … If we stop and do a little recap, we find that we have achieved the inconceivable. Between the Municipal and Regional councils, we have managed to get 160 councillors elected into office. We have taken a major step that has put the fear of God into many people and for this they hate us. To them, we are not just adversaries, but sworn enemies, we have become sworn enemies. At the moment we have some 125/130-thousand registered members. These registered members are enough to nominate a series of people to stand in the National elections and if we manage to get 20 or 30 guys into Parliament, we will bust their chops big time, and they know this. As a matter of fact, I think that these little parties, these nonentities that are contributing to the black hole of Italian politics are starting to get a little scared and that’s why there is this feeling of isolation. Every now and then I write and post the odd article on the blog that talks about how lonely I and we feel sometimes.
The truth is that we are actually busting everyone’s chops, including the right wing, the left wing and these parties that no longer make any sense, with their disgusting faces that constantly appear on our television screens. And I have begun to notice one thing, namely that there has been a kind of unification, a reshuffle if you will, and perhaps politically they have already won, I don’t know. They keep going on about this referendum, which makes me suspicious because it’s just another load of crap aimed at pissing the people around, as I’m sure you have all noticed. If we engage our brains for a moment and reason a little, we will understand why people like Di Pietro and Bersani are involved, people that have been in government in the past and that got into government thank to our current electoral law. Once they got into government, however, none of them even bothered to mention the issue of changing the electoral law..
The real issue is as follows: if we were to go back to the previous electoral law, the so-called “mattarellum” law, as opposed to the so-called “Porcellum law – what kind of words are these, and then they say that I’m the one that’s sick in the head – things are bound to get worse because then we will have bipolarism, two sides in other words, and if you don’t join one side or the other you will be left out in the cold. Movements such as ours, and especially our movement are going to experience some major problems because we would be forced to ally ourselves to one side or the other and make certain compromises, which is something that we wouldn’t even dream of doing. They have realised that we could well tip the scale one way or the other with our 4/6% of the goodies, this mixed fry-up that are the political parties. We making headway, indeed we’re making excellent headway with our policy of ground-up democracy, but we need time. The Internet is a slow but unstoppable force and our support is growing visibly, so obviously these guys are going to try every trick in the book to stop us.
I made a couple of notes because you already know what the 5-Star Movement is about. We don’t accept money from anyone and we fund ourselves as best we can, I through my work, Casaleggio through theirs and all of you through your own, but we remain close to the people. Our political methodology relies on remaining close to the people and setting up information stalls in the Country’s towns, municipalities and regions and we’ll see what happens when we get into Parliament. We are not publically funded at all and indeed we have refused to accept any public funding at all. These other guys, these shameful political parties have only kept going because we have kept them going with a billion Euro of so-called “election reimbursements”, assisted by a truly shameless garbage press that has, in turn, only managed to keep going thanks to public funding. Then there are those that perhaps don’t get public funding but make money from selling pages of adverts for Eni, Telecom or the Expo, which is even worse, at least I believe it is even worse. So I have got to the point where I no longer trust anyone, so we will carry on very well on our own and we’ll continue to do our own thing.
I just wanted to mention to you that something very strange is going on. Della Valle who goes out with these politicians, beware, all we need is someone like him, who funded and happily lauded Mastella, these are people who are about to relocate their production facilities abroad, or like the Montezemolo types who have already relocated abroad. We need to bring about change, not only in politics but also in society and our Movement is the only one that is bucking the trend with its programme and with our weaknesses because we certainly aren’t Supermen. It’s now four years that I have been writing and raising my voice in the town squares, shouting about potential default and about our public debt. I remember one case in Piazza Navona where Flores D’Arcais, and other left wingers were saying “switch off the microphone”. But I was determined to have my say via the telephone. I wanted to say what I wanted to say. Much of what I said has since come true, even the numbers. Now I’m no soothsayer, I’m merely a free man who is urging other free men to try to stand together.
Use your own heads
Then there are those journalists who have invented certain movements born of the Web, like the “Purple public”, which I’m sorry to say, especially for those who fell for it, are merely a projection of, and a way of funding certain boorish parties, or perhaps German and Italian pirates, is just an attempt to upstage our movement. I must tell you, we are really making major inroads. Clearly, if with this referendum Vendola and Di Pietro move into the Democratic Party and choose to opt for the so-called “Mattarellum” law, then we will be somewhat left out or cut down to size. This is just another load of bullshit because why have they said nothing about that law of the 350-thousand signatures? Well, because they were all well looked after. For two legislatures, with retroactive effects, it has brought home the bacon for all these guys, all the party secretaries, these people whose faces you see on the television, these intolerable people with faces like shit. They are not all the same, but they are all more or less disgusting, one worse than the other. It may be indifference or populism, I don’t quite know what it is, but all I’m trying to do is to interpret what I hear and what I see, which is that they are fucking scared and that’s why they are trying to merge seamlessly into this minestrone soup to bring in bipartisanship, to introduce thresholds and to exclude the direct democracies that are starting to emerge. So what I’m suggesting is that you use your own eyes and take a good look around you and use your intelligence to filter what you see and hear. Look at what is happening to you and what is going on around you because it is truly unbelievable, from the pension system that will have to be addressed immediately because it currently makes up 40% of public spending, through to the removal of our primary assets and services, sacrificing us for whose benefit? For the benefit of these 4 lost souls? Enough is enough! Be ready! Trust your own instincts and what your eyes and ears are telling you. Stop basing you thoughts on what you see in the newspapers and on television because they are totally useless. Right now, in the Molise region, they are holding some truly fantastic elections in which the left wing candidate is a former right winger and the right wing candidate is a former left winger. There is simply no competition. This truly is science-fiction!
I promise you that, if we stand for election in 2013, barring any unforeseen or incredible circumstances, we will get 20 or 30 young guys into Parliament, and if 30 of our guys get in, with the Web and with the means provided by the Internet, with the Web filming what is going on and thus providing transparency, we will introduce plans and we’ll really bust their chops, so I want to embrace all of you, one by one and I’m sure that Saint Francis will bring us good luck for another two years.
For 4 years I have been shouting: “Hey guys, be careful because we’re busy going down the tubes because of our public debt!”, and where have we landed up now? While I was busy shouting this warning, this Government was trying to reassure everyone. Tremonti, the dwarf, and the rest of the Government were going on TV, saying: “No, the truth is that we have to increase consumption”, do you remember that? They were all on the same path, the path of infrastructure and all sorts of other things that have brought us to the brink of total disaster. We cannot even afford to fail because, if we do, we will drag France and Germany down with us and the bubble will burst because the days of unrestrained capitalism have come to an end, even a child can see that, so what will happen to us? Do we emigrate? Do we leave this Country? Where do we go? The world, or at least the western world is much of a muchness, so what can we do? I don’t know what to suggest to you because we are already at the point where people can no longer get to the end of the month on their salaries thanks to the increasing cost of our monthly shopping, healthcare and public transport, which is killing people, and for what? These guys must be sent home, so I think that we have to start over and look inside of ourselves because, if we don’t, then our end is in sight … We have to start risking something personal and you will all have to risk something of your own. Now undoubtedly you will all say “I have a family to worry about” or “I have a mortgage to pay” and I know it’s difficult, but the truth is that we no longer have anything to lose, we have become citizens wearing helmets. I can promise you that if some thirty of us, or rather thirty of you youngsters, truly determined and well-informed citizens get into Parliament then all those other guys are goners and we will feast on their brains!
Goodbye to all of you and “Three cheers for the green house effect”!
Posted by Beppe Grillo at 06:19 PM in Information
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