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Agreed 100%!
 
My opinion on the current situation in Romania (since I don't yet have my own blog):

My honest opinion is that right now Romania doesn't have any viable political alternative, one better than the current president, Train Basescu. He very likely made mistakes and cut corners, but going back to the same people who were in power between 1990 - 2004 is in my view not the way to go. 
Let's not forget that it took 14 long years to develop a viable political alternative to Ion Iliescu, and that was PDL and Traian Basescu at the time. Unfortunately, developing yet another, better alternative may take just as long, since things don't come overnight. 

I remember that in 2004 people voted for Basescu as a vote against the same people who want to suspend him today. The opposition coalition (USL) does not get any blame for mistakes made in the meantime, not even for the fact that they continuously undermined the democratic process since 2004 (e.g. the USL parliamentary strike and the lack of constructive discourse throughout). They seem to have only been yelling "Basescu and PDL are bad" louder and louder for the past 8 years, without having done much else... And yes, Basescu and PDL did also do bad things. But did the opposition (PSD + PNL + PC) become that much better now compared to where they were in 2004? I personally did not see strong evidence that would support this conclusion.

As far as I see, Romania is still too busy fighting the ghosts from the past, and sentencing to prison all the corrupt people from the pre-Basescu period. I'd personally like to first let Basescu and his political allies finish the clean-up job, let him continue his attempts to make some changes to the way the country was being governed, while others can patiently provide constructive criticism from the sidelines.
I believe that we still need more time until a political alternative which does not bear the mark of the Iliescu / Nastase school of thought develops, and when that time comes, it will definitely be their turn to try to improve the system yet again and clean up the mess, including putting to trial those who made mistakes unpunished under Basescu. And them doing these things will take probably another decade, time in which they will make plenty of mistakes and give us plenty of reason to criticize them!
But hey, we're still a relatively new democracy, and as Romanian citizens we're also slow to learn and too impatient to accept how inefficient democratic processes work! Democracy doesn't have to be perfect, not even good, just better than other forms of government (e.g. dictatorship, feudalism, anarchy, etc.)

Now, returning to the present, simply taking down Basescu and his people just because we're upset that he repeated some of the mistakes of his predecessors and because we're upset with how the global economical crisis is affecting Romania... I don't see this as an alternative! It's not constructive to take someone down, or to criticize somebody's mistakes if no better alternative can be provided. (I know, Romania isn't yet one of the better nations in providing constructive criticism!)

And when the current USL government (executive branch) is actively and openly attacking not only the president, but it's also assuming legislative powers, it's breaching the Constitution and restraining the powers of the judicial branch while attacking the freedom of the press, this is definitely not the time to help them attain their declared goal of suspending the president. 
When they (USL) respond to any criticism of their actions with phrases like "it's all controlled by Basescu with the intention to hurt us", this is no longer democratic discourse, this is "reductio ab Hitler", i.e. "if you do not support us, then you are on the side of the bad guys and we need to suspend / punish you as well". This sounds an awful lot like dictatorial thinking, and we should avoid the pitfall of replacing our broken democracy with something even worse than democracy! 

History already showed us many times that in times of instability, the most opportunistic people to seize the power through popular vote were not the ones with the best / most honest intentions. So, please think twice before deciding to agree with the USL request and vote to suspend Basescu this month!

Thank you for reading, and for passing along those parts that you liked and agreed with!

Alex
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Am raspuns la comentariul gresit :)))
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Dupa luni si luni de asteptare, in premiera absoluta, cateva poze din tura in Iezer :)
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wow, din punct de vedere design si uzabilitate mi se pare net superior FB :)
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corect, merci pentru observatie :) cateodata imi raman cuvintele in urma ... adica gandeam una, am omis "fata de", si a iesit exact opusul :)
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