So says the American Republican Newt Gingrich.
To me, an unobservant European citizen, it seemed to show the exact opposite, that Washington was…well, shut down.
Here I was thinking that it was Italy that for once had shown squabbling politicians the way forward, by backing down – heroically turning their back on their own party leader, Mr Silvio Berlusconi – when faced with an obvious threat of economic turmoil.
The reasoning of Newt Gingrich, you wonder? I´m afraid I don´t quite follow.
There´s a long passage about how passion for freedom is a God-given right and a moral compass for Americans.
This somehow leads to the American people standing free from their President because winning a Presidential election doesn´t mean he can go and introduce a healthcare system just because he fancies one…
I expect this is much the same as America “having the best democracy in the world” because only in America could Watergate have happened (you remember when the President, back in the seventies, tapped his opponents´ telephones and broke in to their offices?)
I think I´ll stick to the less confusing European politics. Go Italy!