Thursday, November 19, 2009

My cousin's thoughts on Romanian politics

My cousin Cristian Vimer, who lives in New York City, has given me his gracious permission to post his comment on my blog. I have nothing else worth adding; therefore, here are his comments on the status of Romanian politics (applicable to any modern democracy):

Ladies and gentle RBPA men,

I am pretty sure that my opinion will be considered rather absurd by most of our members here who probably have clear sympathies for one candidate or another in the forthcoming Romanian elections, but I have to say it nonetheless. So, here it goes, just bear with me for a couple of minutes: as I was meditating the other day about a problem that haunted many sleepless nights of all responsible Romanians, since the days of Caragiale - "Who do I vote for?" - and, I realized this is the first time in my life I don't have a clear choice - I equally dislike all the candidates, for various reasons which are not really important for this conversation. Moreover, my mom called me one day to convince me to go to vote to save the country from the evil Base, who wants to get rid of the Parliament, and my pop called me to vote for the aforementioned Base, to save the country from the claws of all the securisti from the other parties.

Sooo, as I was staying there cursing the candidates mothers and deciding there is no point in voting this time, a sudden thought illuminated my brain like the light bulb above the cartoon character's head: I just realized that for the first time after 1989 Romania finally became one of the world's civilized countries (Huh? What?). Hey, hey, no need to throw rotten eggs, just listen to my point for a second: using my keen sense of observation, as well as my experience as an inhabitant of a civilized part of the planet (I was talking about Brooklyn), I noticed that the advanced democratic systems are tuned in such a way that it doesn't really matter who becomes the President of a specific country (and here in the US, probably the President's role is much more important than in the European Union, where, on top of everybody we have an European Parliament). Do you think that everything will change if, say, Kelemen Hunor wins the elections in Romania? Or Gigi Becali? Or Barack Obama, or Eleva Porno (I'd vote for her, but I couldn't find her on any list)? Think about it for a second: we are in the European Union, we have laws copied from the European ones (not that we respect them, but that's a whole different subject), the direction is set for the next decades, so that's that. I don't know if this is good or bad, if it's democracy, Judeo-Masonic Plot, New World Order, lizard men or common sense, but I don't think the country will change its course whether the next president is called Base or Lily, or Geoana.

So go ahead and vote on Sunday based solely on beautiful eyes, I think it's the first time it doesn't really matter. Or maybe I just turned into a blase (with an accent) old guy who knows everything...
And those were my five pence on the subject.

Cristian Vimer

PS - no time and patience to edit it, so I apologize in advance for any errors (not in judgement, of course).

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

My first blog

Hello world, this is my first blog. I will keep it short. I like animals. I like beef. Fin.