There are things that, even if you want with all your being to talk about in terms that are as positive and objective as possible, by their very nature, by everything they reflect and convey and, especially, by the instantaneous effects they generate on everything they touch, become impossible to place close to anything that is good or at least acceptable.
Dictatorship has an unmistakable face. It always had, and it will always have. And the dictatorship of the single party and of the supreme leader – no matter how cosmeticized, well packed and dithyrambically eulogised in savant and populist formulas and in the photoshops of democracy – will become a grotesque show.
PSD’s Extraordinary Party Congress took place on Saturday, March 10.
What was the purpose of this Extraordinary Party Congress?
Or, more exactly, none that would directly and practically concern Romania as a state and its real, urgent, and grave domestic problems.
In consecrated terms, the purpose of a party congress, especially when that “extraordinary” attribute is added to it, is to debate especially important aspects pertaining to the said political party’s internal order – organisation and restructuring – and/or external order – the delegates debate major problems of a political, economic, cultural order etc. that concern the state’s domestic and foreign policy.
In this case, no matter how detachedly and objectively we could try to analyse or look for meanings and truths that should have really interested or concerned the Romanian state, the only purpose of this extraordinary party congress was and remains Liviu Dragnea and everything that his person and will means.
In fact, as any other action carried out by the left wing during its years at rule, Saturday’s event fully managed to resurrect a sinister original gregarious memory from the most sombre areas of Romania’s communist history.
I believe many Romanians (even those who, not long ago, were running to the polls driven by that inertial enthusiasm of nostalgia for the “olden days” in which every citizen was mandatorily graduating ten or twelve grades, was mandatorily employed, received housing, an extra 100 lei for the child’s state allowance and a pension through the generosity and good will of the communist party and had such a linear and flat outlook on life that it was almost impossible for one not to know what one will do, where one will be and, especially, what one will be after one five-year plan or three five-year plans or 14 extraordinary party congresses of the Romanian Communist Party) have re-lived during this Saturday in March 2018 an extremely confusing and baffling feeling that makes us wonder:
Did Romania – and we along with it – ever go through that winter of 1980?! Or did Nicolae Ceausescu and the RCP transmigrate and find a perfect host in Liviu Dragnea and the PSD?
A sinister phenomenon seems to have occurred in that winter of ’89, like the one so suggestively illustrated in the ‘Groundhog Day’ film, in which a man (a country, a people) wakes up on the same day every time and does, again and again, the same gestures and the same things, regardless of how much he would try to change that nightmarish paradox of captivity in a definitely closed, unescapable temporal loop.
It is clear that, on this Saturday in March 2018, Liviu Dragnea surpassed any trace of angst or existential disquiet that could have prompted him to reflect dubitatively on the importance and place that he has gained in the history of post-1989 Romania.
For Liviu Dragnea, the party congress marked the apotheosis of his power. A power cultivated and very carefully disseminated for well over twenty years in the swampy soil of Romanian politics and which, once taken to its optimal form, has found its unsuspected and unstoppable impetus and force to ensnare every day, for years, like a carnivorous flower, the entire local political jungle.
In fact, the definitive reaffirmation and establishment of Liviu Dragnea’s power was the only real and concrete reason for the PSD party congress on March 10!
This in case anyone who is currently living in Romania had yet to be fully convinced of the degree and extent of this power established and displayed at almost all hierarchical political levels of the country.
And, for this power to be definitely understood and well delimited and differentiated, the very internal mechanisms of the party were reset. Many of the leaders who until yesterday were in the good graces and presence of the solar leader of the party became history. While others, few, carefully selected for special merits, have started to shine even brighter on the magnificent sky of party hierarchies. In PSD, nobody can be certain of anything anymore. Just like in Liviu Dragnea’s Romania nobody can be certain anymore of anything the party and its leader will decide tomorrow. Because certainty is unequivocally and absolutely embodied by Liviu Dragnea himself. And only by him.
The 26 pages of the text that Liviu Dragnea read from the rostrum of the party conference, abundantly dotted with extremely suggestive intonations and notes, have fully enlightened us in this regard. And, as a quintessence of the magnificent speech of the leader of the left wing, the conclusion would be the following:
Romania continues to follow the line of “European pro-democracies.” It’s just that the direction seems to head back, toward the border where democracy disappears and autocracy starts.
Romania has a governing programme that will be implemented verbatim. However, it is not yet known when this will happen in a real and practical way. And, especially, it is not known if the pharaonic projects included and assigned to the virtual and unpredictable governing programme that Mr Dragnea or Mrs Viorica Dancila, or any other PSD leader keeps reading on TV or at party conferences, plenary sittings and extended meetings can be transposed in any way in the immediate reality of the country and of Romanians too.
Likewise, Mr Dragnea insisted on (re-)assuring Romanians that democracy exists in Romania. And, hence, the rights and freedoms of the citizen are fully observed by the current ruling power. However, for Saturday’s party conference, PSD felt the need to mobilise significant numbers of gendarmes, to block a part of the main roads in central Bucharest and to close the Palace Hall area to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Moreover, the most vocal of the several hundred protesters who were on the scene suffered direct consequences for the free spirit of peacefully and democratically expressing their disapproval of Liviu Dragnea, of PSD and of their actions.
Based on facts, not on words, the conclusion would be that anyone who stands against the will of the all-mighty party and leader automatically becomes the enemy of the self-proclaimed Dragneaist democracy and, implicitly, the enemy of the Romanian state. A state with which the leader of the left wing has identified up to annulment.
“When the heads of institutions betray their country through anti-Romanian actions, we lose sovereignty, we lose respect and we win nothing in exchange. The defamation of one’s own country through lies is a very grave act, which exposes Romania to many things. The attack on one’s own country is an insult on all Romanians,” Liviu Dragnea sombrely said at the roster of his extraordinary party congress.
Hence, those who prove to be emanations of the evil deep state and who will continue to hope they can undermine Liviu Dragnea at the helm of the PSD and, consequently, the power of the party and its all-ruling will, will suffer consequences yet to be revealed, however so predictable through the historical evidence of the not very distant past.
But who could still oppose Liviu Dragnea and how?
What politician or what party is still capable to threaten or brake in any way the absolute power and the unflinching will of the left wing and its leader?
Because the great evil, that evil that is yet to be fully understood and internalised by the Romanian minds and by the spirit of vigilance, exhales its miasmas and spreads its increasingly visible chains as wider and as faster as we can notice with horror – everywhere and anyway we look, around PSD and in any direction of the current political spectrum – a territory that is increasingly empty and less populated by political nuclei and entities that are independent and autonomous from the great pashalik of the left wing.
Who or what could still create at least the sensation that, at this moment or in the following months, another political force able to practically and effectively counter the PSD’s machinery of war and conquest will be found or will be born (albeit prematurely!)?
The answer to this great and urgent national dilemma lies beyond the PSD Extraordinary Party Congress of 10 March 2018.