On 29th of July, the acting Prime Minister of Romania, Victor Ponta, president of the Socialist Democratic Party, announced that he is going to run for the Presidency of Romania in this year’s November. His speech was weak, blank, with no real program, except that he wants to get rid of the “Dictator”, the acting president of Romania, Traian Basescu.
Ok, nothing new here. What is worring thou, is that in his opening speech, and, in the interviews in the next days, he pointed out that he is the most fit person to be the next Romanian President, not because the great programs he is promoting, to save the Romanian Health system from collapse, or the Education System, or that he wants to support a transparent public aquisitions system, or the State of Law. No, he is the most fit for the presidency because he is Romanian (born and raised in Romania, etc) and Orthodox!!
Indirectly, by logic exclusion, he implied that the other runners for the Presidency are NOT true/good Romanians: Klaus Iohannis ( acting mayor of Sibiu and president of the Liberal Party), his main challanger, obviously, has not a Romanian name, he is Lutheran, so not a “good Romanian”. The others possible candidates are also, by this point of view, not “good Romanians” to be President: Kelemen Hunor is magyar ethnic and Reformed, Mihai Ungureanu is of “mosaic sect” (Judaism is a sect in Mr Ponta’s mind), others have the same “unfittingness”: they are catholics, greek-catholics, etc.
So, the current PM, Victor Ponta, sets new standards of what Romanian means in his presidential campaign: to have a name that sounds Romanian and to be of Orthodox faith. It is a very dangerous act, he is promoting himself to the voters he think will help him win, that are 80% low educated and leaving mostly in the rural areas of south and east of Romania, but he is 1 mm short of a xenophobic campaign, in the year 2014 in Europe, not in 1930′ Europe.
Victor Ponta ignores the fact the Romania exist because of the efforts of Karl, prince of House of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, that became Carol I, King of Romania in 1881, following the succesfull war against the Ottoman Empire. That Romania was united with Transilvania and Basarabia in 1919 under his succesor, King Ferdinand I. They were german princes, of non-orthodox faith (doesn’t matter their faith), that moved to Romania and fought to make it a strong, prosperous and modern country.
Currently, there are no reactions to his xenophobic campaign, except worried and angered posts on some blogs. Not a peep, not even from the other candidates. I just hope that those who want to vote this man, finaly open their eyes to what he realy is and won’t vote for him.