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Published:April 11th, 2008 09:30 EST

Italian Political Party Makes Internet Appeal For Help

By Robert Paul Reyes

The British monarchy is looked upon as an anachronism by much of the world, their shenanigans provide endless fodder for the British tabloids.

Here in America, the greatest democracy in the world, we would be wise not to look down on British royalty. We have our own caste system-- for almost three decades there has been a Bush or a Clinton in the White House, serving as president or vice-president.

Once again we are facing the specter of another Clinton capturing the White House. To protect our democratic principles we must put an abrupt end to this endless cycle of two political dynasties taking turns serving as president.

There are myriad reasons not to vote for Hillary Clinton, but perhaps the most compelling is to reinvigorate our democracy by electing a fresh new candidate with bold new ideas: Barack Obama.

Whether it's in England, America or in Italy, the old guard doesn't want to give the new kid on the block a chance to participate in the democratic process.

"The election campaign for Parliament started in Italy a couple of months ago. In Italy, information (especially political) is often withheld because economic, political and parties' lobbies extend their power and influence over the most important Italian mass-media, keeping new parties away from television, both private and state, radio and major newspapers. Our name "Per Il Bene Comune" in all political polls is conspicuously and completely absent: we are simply defined as "other parties" (which would be small local parties not comparable to us)."

[From a press release by Per Il Bene Comune]

The woes of Per II Bene Comune should sound very familiar to Americans; it's almost impossible for an American third party candidate to qualify to be on the ballot in all 50 states. The powers that be don't want their iron grip on the political process to be loosened.

The Internet has shrunk the world; I may live in a small town in Virginia, but I have received email from all over the world. Italy is no longer just a country that we hope to visit one day, it's a like-minded democracy, and what happens there should matter to us.

The Old Guard in Italy and in America may control or unduly influence the mass media, but the Internet has given independent voices a worldwide platform.

The articles that I have written for the Web do make a difference, in the last three years I've been quoted by the New York Times a couple of times. I don't say this to boast, but to encourage other bloggers and writers who feel that nobody reads their editorials.

"...we ask help from those in foreign countries. We ask you to help us diffuse this press release, forwarding it to as many people as possible, to let the world know that in Italy the old political "caste" is preventing media coverage of new parties during the election campaign."

[Quotation from a press release by Per Il Bene Comune]

Let's not turn a deaf ear to this plea from our democratic brothers and sister in Italy. Google this group and if you agree with their platform, do your best to help them out.