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Meloni Vows “Italy First” Approach in Debut Speech as PM

Posted on Saturday, October 29, 2022
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AMAC Exclusive – By Ben Solis

Backed by a solid majority in both the Lower House of Parliament and the Senate, Giorgia Meloni was officially sworn in as Italy’s first female prime minister last weekend. While the left-wing media in both Europe and the United States has continued to brand Meloni as a “far-right” figure, the early days of her leadership have been marked by commitments to popular reforms and the emergence of a comprehensive and optimistic vision of the future for Italy and the West.

That vision was clear during Meloni’s first speech as prime minister on Tuesday, in which she addressed lawmakers in Rome. The remarks covered policy matters like energy independence, tax reform, and illegal immigration, but also more broadly rejected the cynicism and defeatist mindset of the modern left, instead affirming the importance of family, religion, and national pride in Italian life. Instead of complaining she explained, and instead of preaching she gave advice, exchanging traditional gloom for budding positivity.

In a clear rebuke of her liberal critics, Meloni denounced far-right extremism and fascist movements that the left has attempted to associate her with. “I have never felt any affinity for anti-democratic regimes… including fascism,” she said. “The totalitarian dictatorships of the 1900s have torn apart the whole of Europe – not just Italy – for more than half a century, in a succession of horrors that has affected most European states.”

Also responding to accusations from the left that she would ignore global affairs, Meloni assured listeners that Italy would remain part of Western alliances like NATO, and affirmed her support for Ukraine in its fight against Russia.

Meloni next turned her attention to addressing Italy’s most serious ills, including the energy crisis, national debt, and illegal immigration. To cut the exorbitant energy costs, she promised to immediately restart natural gas extraction in Italy, along with significant investment in renewables. Before embarking on long-term projects in Africa or the Middle East, Meloni wants Italy to drill, excavate, and use all technologies available to make Italy energy independent – a feat that will require removing overzealous regulatory restraints.

Meloni reassured Italians that her government cares for the environment, but also cares for the well-being of Italian families struggling to heat their homes. She left no doubt that Italy could emerge from the drama of the crisis more robust and resilient.

On regulatory reform, Meloni promised to cut as much “red tape” as possible, reducing the number of government bureaucrats by at least 20 percent. “’Do not put obstacles for those who want to do’ will be the motto of our government,” she promised.

This deregulatory agenda was coupled with plans for a lower progressive tax rate for individuals, a flat tax for businesses, and a vigorous plan to combat tax fraud by the government. Meloni emphasized the importance of bolstering entrepreneurship and returning industry to the country.

“A job is the best welfare program,” Meloni declared at one point during the speech, decrying the growth of the welfare state that has gone along with Italy’s economic malaise. She further stated that “government needs to be present only where it is necessary,” building on other conservative economic themes that permeated her remarks. As Meloni also mentioned, the fundamentals of the Italian economy are strong, as Italy is one of the few EU states that spent less than it collected in revenue. Private savings of Italian families have exceeded the threshold of 5 trillion euros, facts illustrating solid economic fundamentals crucial for international investors

On illegal immigration, Meloni slammed the leftist notion that facilitating human smuggling is somehow “merciful,” pointing to the horrific conditions suffered by migrants as they are ferried across borders. She notably critiqued the European Union’s immigration policies, and called for an end to boats leaving North Africa in an attempt to make it to Italy – something which has led many to die at sea.

But perhaps the most important moments of Meloni’s speech came in her defense of Western Civilization, and her unapologetic declaration that Italy’s national interests and the interests of families would always be put first. She compared Italy to the Amerigo Vespucci, a wooden Italian Navy training ship that, despite its dents, has been called “the most beautiful ship in the world.” Meloni also invoked remembrances of Italy’s golden age during the Renaissance, when the country was a global hub of culture, art, and science. Far from the pessimistic outlook of so many leaders today, Meloni inspired hope that Italy could once again be the crown jewel of Europe.

Meloni also made clear her belief that Christianity and religion, along with the nuclear family, are the fundamental pillars holding up Italian society – a truth that she vowed her government will always respect. She noted that the Christian worldview had always been central to Italian public life until the last two decades. As she concluded, Meloni made reference to Saint John Paull II who, as she said, taught a fundamental truth: “Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.”

Meloni closed by speaking of her own humble beginnings, calling herself an “underdog.” Aware of the unprecedented ground she stood on, Meloni paid tribute to trailblazing Italian women who had come before her, including political leaders on both the left and the right. She also made mention of Chiara Corbella Petrillo, 28 years old, who refused cancer treatment to save her child in the womb, sacrificing her own life. This, she said, was a powerful example of conservative feminism, and a model of commitment to family that all could take inspiration from.

Throughout the speech, parliamentarians erupted 70 times with applause and standing ovations. In watching the spectacle, one could not help but recall a similar message that resonated so well with another freedom-loving people an ocean away: “It’s morning again in Italy.”

Ben Solis is the pen name of an international affairs journalist, historian, and researcher. 

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Jack
Jack
1 year ago

It is wise, winning choice. All the best for her and Italy. Hopefully, we will return to that path too.

Arlene
Arlene
1 year ago

Can we vote for her? ????????????????

Mary Dickens
Mary Dickens
1 year ago

She could have made that speech right here in The USA as it resonates with all patriots who love country and Freedom!

A.Grace
A.Grace
1 year ago

I would like for all of our politicians to believe that America should be first. We use to be first, but not now. Will we ever be first again?

Weary
Weary
1 year ago

WOW!!!

Sid
Sid
1 year ago

If any leader doesn’t put their country first then you know they’re a Klaus Schwab globalist Nazi.

Jack Clough
Jack Clough
1 year ago

Now where have I heard that before? ????????????

Marta
Marta
1 year ago

I found myself smiling several time while I read this article. I couldn’t be happier for Italy that could again experience a new Renaissance and a return to the things that kept her together.

Laura
Laura
1 year ago

I like her! Mr. Biden should be taking notes, if he is cognitively able to do so.

Glenn O'Bannon
Glenn O'Bannon
1 year ago

Holy cow, she’s awesome!

Jerry
Jerry
1 year ago

Lots of politicians can make good speeches but it is wise to watch and see what they do. Actions speak louder than words.

TOMASD
TOMASD
1 year ago

This is exactly what we need in America and what we had started under Trump. I’m not the biggest Trump fan when it came to his ego and use of adjectives, but he was great for America. It shouldn’t matter if we like or dislike a leader personally, what matters is that they are doing a good job for their country. Everything Meloni wants to do, is to me, simply common sense. Who doesn’t want to put their nation first? Liberal democrats maybe, but anyone with common sense knows that the left’s policies of over regulating industry and higher taxes only hurts a nation in the long term. They just want money to spend on “programs” and to line their pockets with. When is the last time we heard about possible term limits for our representatives in the house and senate? Lol, ahhahhahaaaaaa.. They want that money and power and they care about themselves before our country.

jeffre combs
jeffre combs
1 year ago

A marvelous stand for this leader to care more about her people of Italy than the political leaders who seem to be the ones getting richer. I pray that she will be successful with this speech and carry that mantle to the world leaders, especially the ones in the United States of America

Phyl
Phyl
1 year ago

Two thoughts.
1) if the Left in America and Europe are against her, she is the right choice.
2) I wish our president would put America first as our last one did. We’d be much better off today.

zoe frost
zoe frost
1 year ago

The coup that installed the fraud puppet want NONE of what Meloni offers. It was only a few years ago that we had that, and more, via our very own duly elected POTUS Trump. The Commie/Globalist/DemoNcrat/RINO traitors blocked Trump every step of the way, preferring to destroy us and our Republic for their preferred totalitarian tyranny (utopia, for themselves). We are dying under Commie traitor Obamie’s “fundamental transformation” now on hyper warp speed, their destroy freedoms/opportunities “Build Back Better” Great Reset.

Georgeann
Georgeann
1 year ago

God bless her. She is fabulous.
and the rumors of Pelosi being appointed as ambassador to Italy are only hopefully rumors. The post has been vacant for about 2 years.

V.S.
V.S.
1 year ago

Italy President Meloni is 120 percent on the right track and America shall be soon ,but not soon enough.
Americans have had enough of the elitist fascist Globalist regime!

Joel
Joel
1 year ago

I now know where I prefer to go if our country cannot get its sh*t together.

Morbious
Morbious
1 year ago

Maybe she can save italy. I hope so. The core problem remains however. Many of us thought that first reagan, then trump could cure the country of the socialist threat, but each turned out to be a round of chemo. The cancer came roaring back. I submit this: we need to figure out how to immunize our country against this recurring disease. And no I haven’t figured it out.

Amacer
Amacer
1 year ago

I wonder if Italian leftists find “Italy first” as incendiary as American leftists feel about “America first”.

teresa Ann d'alessandro
teresa Ann d'alessandro
1 year ago

we need her hear in America – also Italians in America are dealing with having Christopher Columbus day renamed – that’s bunch of bull. Indigenous people have the month of november and a day in august. i think that is enough

anna hubert
anna hubert
1 year ago

I wish her well and good luck , she is going to need it

Salvatore Mazzara
Salvatore Mazzara
1 year ago

I’m hoping and praying the results of our November 8 election is a mirror image of what happened in Italy.

VikkiC
VikkiC
1 year ago

I’m hoping and praying this PM gives Nancy Pelosi the bum’s rush when she tried to enter Italy as the ambassador…

Steven
Steven
1 year ago

Just returned from Italy and the press had already labeled her so she was smart to address their nonsense. She will find that cutting 20% is just a start to a bloated government (much like ours). Good luck with becoming energy independent because they need to do better than depending on tourism.

Howard
Howard
1 year ago

President Trump was not a politician. He was a savvy businessman who set out to accomplish those objectives he firmly believed were the best for America, just as Reagan did. It is sad that Trump could not continue his dream for America for four more years, just as Reagan did. PM Meloni is not a politician either. She seems to be made in the same mold as Reagan and Trump, the two greatest presidents we have had since Abe Lincoln. I wish for Ms. Meloni the best of God’s blessings and protection as she begins her journey to rebuild and revitalize Italy.

M.B.
M.B.
1 year ago

Outstanding views. Energy independence should be priority for our country as well . America was prospering, and the Democrats could not go along with that . With all they put President Trump through, he accomplished so much. I’m from Illinois, and most likely the Democrats will win this November because of Chicago, but this vote is so important. Vote people . . . We need the House & Senate . . . God bless Italy , and the U.S.A.

BAE
BAE
1 year ago

Energy independent that’s what we were, until the democrats made us the laughing stock.
Hope we return to the America, we knew and soon. Biden is a sad joke on America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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