Friday, January 21, 2011

Separating the sheep from the jellyfish

Forget Chavez, Danny Williams may have had more in common with Mussolini, at least in terms of speech.

The mainland media often compared our last premier to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who rattled the global business community for nationalizing parts of the Venezuelan economy.

But, as far as I know, Danny never shared a motto with Chavez.

He does with Benito.

Mussolini (1883-1945) rose to power in Italy by creating a vision of an Italy restored to the glories of the Roman Empire.

Does the following quote ring a bell?

“It is better to have lived one day as a lion than one hundred years as a sheep.”

“That adage, adopted by Mussolini, became one of the most popular Fascist slogans in Italy, epitomizing the Fascist ideal,” according to the 2009 book, 501 Must-Know Speeches.

I just happened to pick it off my bookshelf last night.

Now read this quote:

“I would rather live one more day as a lion than 10 years as a jellyfish.”

Danny said those words during the annual premier’s dinner last November, the month before he stepped down as premier.

Jellyfish.

Lamb.

They look the same to me.

2 comments:

Lonenewfwolf said...

now that is 'getting' to the heart of the matter we are now facing...

if we could just get some court records opened and let john noseworthy have a good look at those books of nalcor we might see what he was actually talking about.

Anonymous said...

"Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power."
- Benito Mussolini

let's see Danny thought the saving grace for poor Newfoundlander's was to get more money flowing into the coffers of the big oil companies, to consolidate our fishing resources in the hands of a shrinking number of large companies, and to 'attract' companies like Rolls-Royce by giving them $500k to setup shop here.

sounds a lot like corporatism to me.

Newfoundland NEEDS a populist leader of the people like Hugo Chavez for the working poor in Venezuela! if only we could be so lucky!