Oh, I’m having too fun. Sorry if I pass a moment over italian politics:
1- Berlusconi starts a political campaign in preview of the next regional elections. His main argument is to backup Bush tactics and use the anxiety as a main scheme: “The Left” leading the nation is a menace.
2- Berlusconi is on TV. He explains that what is wrong in our nation is that it isn’t a complete democracy. In his words a complete democracy is a nation where the population doesn’t fear the other political part at the government. Where there is an alternation with no fears.
3- Berlusconi tells that this isn’t possible in Italy because the other political side is a menace, so not a viable alternative.
Now. I guess it’s obvious how these points are recursive and directly contradictory. He is the one to fear the other side and use this fear to mantain his government. At the same time he explains that it’s the fear that “forces” him to be at that place in order to “save” the nation from the other political part. He is a Holy Rescuer.
So he accuses that in Italy we don’t respect the other political part. But why we cannot do this? Because the Left is “the evil” and we cannot tolerate it. A tautology. You can only vote for me or it’s Doom. If you vote for the other side you are going to destroy the nation. A direct demonstration of respect for the other political part. He creates the arguments that bring to a tautological conclusion: vote for me because there is no choice.
He creates the rule for a democracy: a possible alternation where each side respects the other.
He creates the reason why the rule above isn’t respected: the other side is a menace, the alternation isn’t possible.
The second point feeds the breaking of the first rule: there is no choice, you can only vote me.
It’s like hiding drugs in the pockets of your opponent and call the police.
On the other side it’s absolutely true that everything that Berlusconi says is sistematically decontextualized and distorted by the press.