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April 15, 2021
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Are there any political parties in Romania?

Are there any political parties in Romania? Is it enough if a group of interests declares the fact that they belong to a certain political doctrine, in order to make their political existence and their access to power in the state official, creating the illusion of a political party!?

At this time, it seems to me that an evolution cycle ends on the Romanian political spiral of the last 25 years.
Started at extreme right-wing, the one of a communism making its transition towards a faraway democracy, completely alien and hostile to any of the persons who had made the jump to the new national historical stage, the route of Romanian politics seems to close a complete loop right now, whose final feature is represented by returning to the starting point. A point where the left wing is overlapped over the right wing, generating a place of emergence void of content, absent, yet, more present than ever due to this abnormality defining it.

At this time, the dynamics of the Romanian political parties that had remained, at least by name, on the stage of power, presents a panorama that is as fascinating as it is troubling, in the way the battle for survival crossed for a very long time the line of battle for power and supremacy, and dogmatic identity turned into a mere parameter of calculating reduced to the emergency of financing.

Romania of the present lives the paradox of a state found in an acute, total absence of any act of governing.
The country is not led. The country is abandoned in a dangerous drift, turned into a battlefield and negotiation grounds between the political coalitions and brotherhoods, battling one another in order to redirect the compass of power and to conquer its fortresses from the towers of one political feud or another.

As for political doctrines one party or another affiliates to, there is a natural tendency, I might say, that the doctrine would be defeated by the consistency of real programs and actions of the respective political group, and, even more important, by the hard nucleus of the electorate, that remains loyal to the respective political trend, regardless of the moment it is going through or the challenges it is confronted with during the battle for power.

Although it is representative for the national feature of citizens’ options, the Social Democrat pole in Romania is confronted at this time with a dramatic decrease in consistency of precisely the main element that provided its viability and maintained it at the top of the power pyramid in the last 25 years: the Romanians’ trust and support.

Between a quasi-nonexistent Liberalism, void of essence and party capacity and a devastated Social Democrat pole seeking alliances and coalitions in order to offer them the possibility of maintaining themselves in the already fragile electoral basin, with an empty centre aisle, unable of maintaining a fair distance among the two ends of the political force, we are witnessing a complete breakdown of the entire political class.

Because, regardless of the ideology and dynamics of a party, as long as they do not have the image of a leader that could gather political force by gaining electoral interest of regular citizens, no political party, regardless of their historical amplitude, the huge budget and support granted by any of the official or unofficial structures of the state and of Europe, will manage to keep its position of supremacy and power.

The regeneration of the left or right wing does not depend on a reinforcement of power groups or a recombination of already existent alliances, but on the way present political parties will allow themselves to rethink the ideas of political leader and message owned and transmitted to the masses by the political leader so that, regardless of the intensity of inertia of the common mentality of the respective political group, it could be transgressed by the capacity to understand and accept the need of novelty and change of any citizen of this country.

Because, essentially, politics does not suppose following a restricted, hollow, oligarchic vision, completely separated of the realities of the world we are living in and of the everyday dynamics of the state it represents.
The power and viability of a political party are conferred by the people who enjoy the respective party and cast their vote for them, not merely by the people who form the party and those ruling it.

Let us suppose that we had to go to a ballot tomorrow. What would be the political group we could vote for, for its substance and expressiveness, proven in public space and not just in the media and in political circles?

The Romania of present political parties resembles a giant with four legs, four heads and four hands, all of them belonging to the same body, yet each of them pulling it to a different direction, in the desperate rush for supremacy of power.

The political right is divided into two ideas of the same concept – ALDE (a political ambiguity born out of a dying Conservative branch and a few Liberals who declared themselves rebels) and the new P(D)NL, fighting among themselves over authority, a battle that led to an insurmountable rupture inside Romanian Neo-Liberalism, causing major vulnerability to the political right wing, which seems to be soon ingested and digested by the left wing.

At the left of the political spectrum, there was another mutation that influenced things, causing a genuine earthquake inside of the tower of Social Democrat power – it was the USL alliance, that in the meantime became the PSD – UNPR tandem (joined by ALDE, as a last minute bandage), with an obvious dominance by UNPR, that maintains the established pact by a specific feature of any “socket party”: the tendency to migrate towards the area of ascending power and the increase of internal power by absorbing from the host organism and infesting it.

Developing the discussion about the particular situation of UNPR, I consider that it plays a particular role that, in the most ironical and simultaneously sad manner possible, says all about what Romanian parties truly are – and what they should not be!

A party named “union” precisely because, at a time the term “party” was already overused and perceived negatively, the ones who founded the party thought that a linguistic divagation could cast away the attention of the public from what this Union actually is, without any noticeable difference. Which is, another party based on Romanian characteristics. With the mention that it is a party that had entered the Parliament and the management structures of all institutions in the state without having been elected by citizens’ votes . In addition, it was then sneaked on the same positions, even more important than the ones it had held at its debut, based on an alliance inside of which he could have lost its already diminished real political solidity and identity.

Nonetheless, this union – party (the term has no practical importance!) has overtaken the status and right to veto Romanian politics, the status of the group that cannot be missed whenever the act of governing needed to prove it existed or that it still exists, it seems.
A party that, despite of obviously exposed excessive Nationalism and fight for popularity, will always have one sole member. A member who is, at the same time, President, doctrine and program. Yet, he would never be a leader.

Supposing that, out of various reasons, this character would disappear, what would happen to the entire pyramidal building that overtook the Parliament, the Government, national and local institutions in his name? Where would all this structure be distributed? Where would all its layers migrate? And could they manage, in a short amount of time, to adapt to the new political grounds, the ones they are due to land on, once December 1, 2015 arrives? And in what form do they intend to do it, most of all?

There is nothing interrogative or advice seeking in this entire story. It is just an exercise of political rhetoric, when we think about the development of the present political scene.
UNPR has two options in the game, with or without the disappearance of their key character.

This party will not form an alliance. With anyone. The thing they will keep doing, though, will be a cycle of attempts to negotiate, which is, anyhow, the thing they have always done and will always do. It is to be mentioned, though, that their greatest achievement in their five years of existence is that of having the courage of being on their own at the ballot. And the person who has set the date of December 1, 2015 knows it already.

UNPR will not disappear. It will change (just like all the other parties did, actually). They will do it shortly. It is not an accidental creation and it did not complete yet the purpose it was conceived for. A purpose unknown even by the only member of this party.

To be continued.

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