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October 5, 2022
EDITORIAL

Presidential party: the old and new political class


“During his term, Romania’s President cannot be the member of any party and cannot fulfil another public or private position”. (Article no. 84 – Romania’s Constitution)

Over a year has passed since Romania has got a new President.

Klaus Iohannis intended to be a genuine political revelation of the last 26 years, not just as “something different” in politics, but, most of all, to the pattern Romanians got used to, regarding the notion of President of their country.
After a decade of being led in Roman Emperor Aurelian’s manner – Dominus et Deus – as Traian Basescu got us accustomed to, as the power got the form of a coin ornate with the name of the justice-seeking state and after two previous Presidential figures almost lost in the darkness of citizens’ memory, Klaus Iohannis was endowed with the figure and Messiah-like attributes of an “independent” President, free of the tyranny of its father-party and fully subdued to popular will.

The political origin of the new President was meant to be ambiguous and volatile from the very start.
Romania has already experienced until a year ago the epiphany of shattered dreams spread on the pavement of a reality that was almost always born on the street and collapsed on the hallways of the Presidential Palace and in the midst of a Parliament dominated exclusively by the will of political parties.
All of the people who ran away from the unmistakable evidence of the product of exclusive and exclusivist, discretionary party will represented by Victor Ponta’s candidacy to the Presidential seat mindlessly embraced the brilliant and immaculate figure of the new hero born from the eternal popular hope that things would be better one day and that a difference may be made – Klaus Iohannis.

Klaus Iohannis was supposed to become the first Romanian President born out of the ridiculous, anthropophagus and sociopathic chronology of the notion of a party leader propelled up to the edge of the state hierarchy.

Making his appearance on the background of a terrible political drift that has started grounding the entire pyramid of the power of political parties, especially during the last three years, not interested and deliberately marginal to the inside battle between the palaces of power, between a President fully assaulted by the executive power of the state and by its fortress, the Parliament, Klaus Iohannis joined politics and gained his Presidential seat as the first Head of the State who, despite of lacking authentic Romanian roots and apparently lacking a “party court” that would have shaped and trained him for power, managed to become the first quasi-political personality of the country.

The moment of Klaus Iohannis’s enthroning was synchronized perfectly with the moment political life resumed a hardly convenient and yet, a terrible truth: the cancellation of the idea of political party. As it was imagined and applied to the reality of Romanian society in the last two decades.

The Romanian political left and right were completely cancelled at the moment Victor Ponta lost the battle for the Presidential seat, and Klaus Iohannis won in Klaus Iohannis’s name, and not as a representative of any political party.

Historical or not, any present political party ended its existential cycle at the point the appearance of the present President of the country was relieved of any political logo.
Therefore, during these moments, a year after the election of the new President of the country, the notion of “presidential party” is being discussed.

A presidential party represents, in itself an aberration and a Constitutional antithesis.
There is no way anyone can talk, either legally, or dogmatically, about the “party of the country’s president”, as long as the organic law of the country, its fundamental law, the Constitution, clearly stipulates that the president of the country is anything else but a party-like entity or an ideological and dogmatical emanation of a political party.
And, then, who and why has created and initiated the implementation of this new political invention?

Especially now when, after the effects of the Street movements, a genuine psychosis has appeared concerning any notion of political class and political party?
Especially now, when Romania is passing through a new stage of technocrat-based governing that has attracted a new paradigm after itself. The one of the profound change of the old political class and of the thorough reconsideration on bases of “political independence and autonomy” of any element in this area.

And especially now as Romania is preparing for a new electoral year. A vital one, essential to what the entire battery of present or future political parties would mean from now on, the entire administrative and political structure and the entire parliamentary dynamics of our country, starting next year.

If, so far, Romanians were used that political parties found in the Government during the last two decades attended that alternance of power one way or another, giving away or grabbing power at an interval of five years, at this point, we are faced with a scenario that is as strange as it is increasingly better contoured as we get closer and closer to 2016. The year of local and parliamentary elections.

The events that took place in the street this November created conditions for the appearance, spontaneous or not, of a notion that was not new and yet, it gained force and was decisively contoured by the appearance of the Ciolos Government – independent politics.

As I have said it above, the notion of “independence” in politics is null and void due to the very fact that every institution of the state, at any level, is essentially political and politics-impregnated, and acts as such.

Besides of the notion of politics, the present state cannot exist.
Because placing the state outside the idea of politics would mean cancelling the entire structure it relies and it is based on.

Therefore, a technocrat Government is a manner of exercising power based on the premises of professional excellence and expertise in all politics-impregnated fields of the country.
Moreover, propelling with the help of the trampoline by the popular will of the notion of “apolitical leaders” that would be introduced in the most delicate and essential areas of power inside the state brought in the spotlight a genuine fauna of individuals awaiting for a very long time behind the curtains of power, awaiting the moment and the favourable wind that would grant them recognition, so that they would gain the power inside the state.

These persons are the meritocratic technocrats, the ones that appeared at the chest of NGOs and other pretended apolitical groups which, nonetheless, for 26 years, may be found in all corners and all hidden hallways of power.

Thus, at this point, we are witnesses to a thorough rebranding of the political class and power by this massive infusion of apolitical figures and political aspirations that tend together to gradually replace the present political class, by creating a new organism of this specialty.

If, so far, the pattern of power was that of alluring party members and transitioning from one party to the next, at this point we are witnessing the appearance of a new form of rearranging and reconfiguring political forces towards the peak zone of power. That of an army of social and professional elitists gathered around the President of the country, presented as the first station of the hierarchy of power in a technocrat Government which, after next year’s elections, is due to transfigure and transform in a new political party, with a new Parliament and a new state structure.

The questions that arise at this point are the following:
Who will win next year’s elections as long as the offer of the present political market still consists of those political parties and those persons the street has developed an actual phobia against?

How will Romanian cast their votes and, even more important, on whom?

Among the old political parties, there is already a passionate and fierce movement of well-positioned attempts to attract and overtake these “political archangels” due to be exhibited and presented to the electorate as the new tendency in Romanian political vision and approach.

Therefore, here we are, facing a new form of political conduct, created and emanated through the expression “civic force”.

The mind of the social collective mind was fed this expression during the moments hundreds of thousands of citizens took to the streets of our country to demand what was obviously needed to disappear or to step back from the spotlights of power: the present political class.

Nonetheless, Romanians who have marched on the streets during those hours have forgotten another expression born on the street as well, based on its voices. You cannot change anything until you have created something different to replace it.

It seems that, still, the people who created the “spontaneous” need of change in the political actuality of the last 26 years did not allow to be overwhelmed by the fiery emotion of crowds and by the empathy risen from a dramatic and violent event, but they have created that something in a skilful, patient and precise manner, much earlier before they gave up on what they had before

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