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The print and the Web are inflated by the tittle-tattle. Gossip creeps in everywhere, enters into the channels, in magazines, in costume, with the pretense of culture. And is immediately scandal judgment. Even at institutional level. Few political like to dance, many others love the audacity of the vices. Almost everyone, however, appreciate women. Napoleon said that a man can not be judged from the waist down, and we can say with some irony that Kennedy shared the same view. Today resounds the tremendous Strauss-Kahn case, along with a routine of delations to some Lords, party secretaries or chairmen: adventures, divorces and separations. Talk shows, magazines and newspapers discuss whether the fact has some importance to the public. Except the case of violence of the President of the IMF, which was not new to some suspicions, probably none.

Several Honourables stand out for matters of sex and money, especially with regard to the latter. Occasionally, a representative of the people is found in the room of a call-girl, an uninhibited young lady, or secluded with a transsexual. Italians hold the record. It is likely to remain trapped by a bribe, which often does not contains a love message, but hundreds of thousands of euro. Cyclically, seductive and innocent girls publish memoirs full of allusions. This thing, however, relates to the wives or companions of the subjects, rather than the public. To inform is a must, but there is a huge difference between Madame Pompadour and some little exhibitionists.

Only Americans heel the models and the candidates to the White House, then discover, very late, that Roosevelt had an affair with his secretary, and even (shame!) Mrs. Eleanor. We are not asking for public figures to be virtuous, but honest. We want to know what they do in the palaces of the government, and not in the hotel that houses them. If they are good fathers and good husbands, so much the better. It is more risky to be ruled by a sclerotic than a libertine. Better one who makes proposals to a young lady, rather than avances to a contractor or an industrialist. 

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