Sometimes, you don't really have to look at a gazillion different indicators to know about why something rocks. Take, for instance, countries. You can tell from just a couple different things what kind of a country you're dealing with by a few key indicators.
Let's look at the U.S. commitment to civil rights. We care about civil rights, and even in spite of the doomsaying, there's been progress. And just look at who we've had as chairs of our Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - extremely distinguished, professional attorneys who have done a good and workmanlike job of enforcing workplace anti-discrimination laws.
Under the Democrats - the distinguished Ida Castro.
Under the Republicans - the Honorable Naomi Earp.
And who runs the Italian government equivalent of the EEOC? Why, the Hon. Mara Carfagna, of course.
Hah, you probably think I'm joking, but I'm not.
Man, Dave Stoller was right about the Italians. They got it goin' on. Don't get me wrong, the U.S. is a *great* freakin' country. I've been a lot of other places and there's no other place I'd rather call home. And, were I a gambling man, I'd stack up the credentials of our EO Chairs against the Italian EO minister's any day. If I needed a lawyer in an employment case, I know who I'm calling.
But still, you have to give the Italians major credit here - they sure as hell know how to do things with a panache we simple and straightforward Americans will never posses. Good or bad, to hell with that - they have *style* in a way I can only barely appreciate, much less imitate.