As the protest continue apace perhaps because of the bitter cold and snow, I’ve been watching all of the old Communist dinosaurs crawl out of their holes and start lecturing the people of Romania about how protesting is immoral and democratic.
Ion Iliescu, the thug who has my vote for the most evil man alive today in Romania (I need to write a full article on him) has been telling the half a million (or more) Romanians who have been protesting that the “only reason” they’re in the streets is because Klaus Iohannis told them to do it.
And then there’s this weird story making the rounds that the protests are all “sponsored and organized” by George Soros. Despite my recent article, this allegation is patently absurd.
Even weirder is that supposedly a guy named Alex Banan, described as “President of the Union of Banat Romanians in Serbia” is the one making these allegations that Soros is orchestrating everything. After wasting a good 10 minutes of my life doing research, I can’t find any proof that either this Alex Balan exists or that there’s even such an organization. Yes, there is a small legacy community of Romanians in Serbia but there’s no Alex Banan or his so-called Union.
And last, there’s Norica Nicolai, who recently gave an interview to EuroNews.
Norica Cap-n Nori Nicolai
If you have no idea who this old dinosaur is, you’re not alone. In the late 90s, she moved from the PNTCD to the PNL party and briefly held a couple of important posts. This all ended when she was nominated by Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu (now aligned with the PSD-ALDE alliance that the protestors want to resign) for the Justice Ministry. When that didn’t happen, she ran off and became a member of the European Parliament (MEP), a comfortable position she’s held ever since.
Her nomination for Justice Minister was rejected by President Traian Basescu in 1997 because of Nicolai’s Communist past. From 1983-1991, she was a prosector but then was forced to resign for murky reasons. According to Basescu, two of her most egregious moves during her time as a prosecutor were a) an attempt to jail a person without a trial when the courts had already found another person guilty and b) serving as a lawyer in a child adoption case when the law forbade prosecutors from doing so.
Whatever her long and undistinguished past (that also includes her niece using her Romanian parliamentary ID to vote on her behalf in 2006), here’s a piece of what she told Euro News this week:
In my opinion, in a European state governed by the rule of law, legislation is valid if adopted by the parliament or by other institutions which are entitled to create laws.
First of all, the issue at hand has nothing to do with legislation. The OUG (emergency ordinance) 13 that sparked the protests was not debated by the parliament, was not voted on, and was issued by a single man (Florin Iordache, the current Justice Minister) at 9:00 pm following a closed-door meeting of the PSD party.
Secondly, people aren’t in the streets because they don’t think the parliament can pass laws (or emergency ordinances). They’re protesting because they don’t like those ordinances. As citizens of a democracy, Romanians are allowed to protest against anything that they want to, including things like proposals to mine gold at Rosia Montana or the firing of Raed Arafat as deputy health minister.
No matter how fragile democracy is, it cannot be accepted that laws should be made in the street, under pressure and emotion. By doing this, we ignore the main democratic mechanism, which is the popular vote.
If democracy is only about voting, then the people are relieved of all involvement until there’s another vote held. Of course, this is nonsense. The American Constitution (which isn’t perfect) specifically authorizes protesting in its First Amendment as a legitimate channel of the democratic process, and all western European democracies similarly respect and cherish protesting (especially in France, the Constitution of which was used to write Romania’s Constitution).
Furthermore, politicians are elected to represent the people. If the people are out in the streets protesting what you’re doing, clearly you’re NOT representing them.
Just days after this incident, people started to head onto the streets, during the public debate period of this new legislation, despite the fact that the government created the conditions for all the people to understand and to comment on the new legislative project.
This statement is patently false. Literally no one, including members of opposition parties in the Parliament, had an opportunity to “understand and comment” on the midnight emergency ordinance.
After the adoption of the Ordinance, the mobilization was done very fast on Facebook, since the emotion had already been created. Most of the agitators are members or leaders of NGOs, organizations that are supposed to be apolitical, and this is the reason why I have serious doubts about the so-called spontaneous character of these street protests.
More echoes of “Soros did it”. Amazing how these NGOs and organizations managed to convince half a million people across 50 cities both abroad and domestically to brave the cold for over a week running.
The standardization of thinking creates the basis for a simplified society, where we just follow the latest Tweet or Facebook tendencies, without passing it through our own process of thinking.
See? The people of Romania are so stupid that they just do whatever they are told on Twitter and Facebook. So shut up and do what you’re told by your leaders on their Facebook pages!
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Well, it certainly sounds as though Romanian politics are as messed up as ours in the USA. And we were told in high school that the dinosaurs had died out. HA!
Sam, as many concluded (my father included), the winners must take it all.
The main problem is that Ro DOESN’T have a good Constitution:
Example:just about “yesterday”, they (the Parliament) voted that the local local elections for mayor should run in one round, not two (how it was till 2015).
As example, among other things, changing the “Election Rules” MUST not be be permited without changing the Constitution (hence, Referendum). Well, in Ro, the lousy PNL and the sneaky PSD just did it two yrs ago (1 round instead of 2 for local mayor)
Hurray Sam, finally a good article after a bunch of stupid article written by you lately.
You have only one omission, PSD did not campaign about this amnesty otherwise I think they would not have won.