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Romania, a Monopoly game for bullies!

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I have heard a lot of metaphors about what is happening right now in Romania, ok..I am tired of it but I have to use one nonetheless. It seems to me that the monopoly board game is the perfect one. The players however are bullies, not innocent kids. The game was never fair and perhaps nobody was expecting it to be fair. Now, the bullied became the bully!

The game is real, and it’s always been this way, however being a bystander doesn’t help anymore. Everyone is affected and maybe we just don’t understand why that is so.Is it the pace of how things are changing for the worse? Is it the degree to which morals and legality are overlooked? or is it simply because we cannot wrap our brains around how much politics can affect us still?

Unfortunately I think it’s even worse…hope dies last, but we might have just reached that point. There’s no good that can come out of all that is happening. The president will get impeached, then what? Free and fair elections give legitimacy in any functional democracy, but right now nobody considers Romania to be a functional democracy, so what legitimacy can any future president/government have?

Only by watching tv shows and reading the newspapers, seeing roundtables where it’s so obvious that the game is still not over makes me angry. Protests are being organized and I’m proud of that, even if I am not able to be part of it. What I am not proud of is that to me they become meaningless when I see political figures hijacking them, “leading” the protests.

Meanwhile, the economy is a mess, the currency is suffering, the country’s image is probably at a lowest in a  very long time…what’s next?

I have a lot of questions but I’ll probably be left looking for answers for some time to come.

For those of you not knowing what is happening now here’s a good article that will give a briefing worth reading http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/05/guest-post-romania-unravels-the-rule-of-law/.


By Florin Sandu



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July 5, 2012 at 11:27 pm