There is something very interesting in this picture. Since it was released, I’ve looked at it 100 times and it continues to intrigue me. Because it incites to a game: find the atypical character! Who is the „odd one out” in the picture from the meeting of Ciolacu, Ponta, Tăriceanu, Grindeanu, Bănicioiu, Șerban Nicolae? The answer conveys something important about the situation in PSD, one year after Liviu Dragnea’s conviction.
First of all, we have representatives of three parties that are increasingly synchronizing their actions in parliament against the PNL. So it is easy to understand why Tariceanu, Ponta and his good friend Nicu Bănicioiu (doctor, former Minister of Health) had their place next to the PSD leader, at a meeting in the middle of the pandemic. Sorin Grindeanu and Șerban Nicolae are the odd ones out.
Sorin Grindeanu is the president of ANCOM, the National Authority for Communications, so he had nothing to do with the pandemic. He does not hold any position in PSD either, so his presence raises some questions. However, I found out later, he is one of those who could take Marcel Ciolacu’s place at the helm of PSD.
From this perspective, it is possible that Marcel Ciolacu wanted to „keep him close,” as any experienced player does with an opponent. Grindeanu’s position at the table, withdrawn, more similar to that of an observer, confirms such a variant. But there is another strong reason that could have made Ciolacu want Grindeanu close to him. Both arrived in the anti-Dragnea camp long before the former PSD leader was convicted. So it is not at all out of the question to be brothers in arms.
In fact, that’s what the phalanx that has remained faithful to Dragnea for years says. That Tudose, Grindeanu, Ciolacu and a few others have been infiltrated by the „parallel state” in order to destroy the only party that wants the good of the country and the people, namely the PSD of Codrin Stefanescu, Olguța Vasilescu and „Machine Gun.” Liviu Dragnea himself said it, allusively, including Mihai Fifor and Gabriel Vlase in the platoon of suspects, just a few weeks before nominating Mihai Tudose as Prime Minister.
If it is true, however, what is Șerban Nicolae doing in the photo “Ciolacu and his allies are fighting the coronavirus”? The former tool and die maker from the Fine Mechanics Enterprise, a law graduate from the Romanian-American University, at the age of 30, has nothing to do with medicine. He does not hold important positions in the party or in the Senate, nor was a new legislative amendment being planned against Justice, in order to require his expertise as a „legal adviser.”
Moreover, if all the accusations brought to Ciolacu by those who still hold Dragnea in their souls are true, especially that he supports Klaus Iohannis, from the shadows, why is Șerban Nicolae sitting at his left hand? What kind of „parallel state” is the one which also includes Cătălin Voicu’s driver?!
Do you think I give too much importance to a photo? It could be so, but a „small” detail makes it impossible for the presence of such an intruder in a group picture to be accidental. Șerban Nicolae was the proposal made by PSD, in February, for taking over the Senate leadership. If the pandemic hadn’t come, the Mafia’s lawyer would probably be the second man in the state today.
Why does Ciolacu keep Șerban Nicolae, one of the greatest opponents of the rule of law and Justice, at the table of decisions, if he is really the pawn set to destroy PSD from within? Why does he support him for the Senate leadership? Most likely the answer is: because he has no choice.
Șerban Nicolae is one of the prominent representatives of the invisible PSD. How strong is this hidden structure, which formed from the very beginning the core of informal power and illicit wealth of the Romanian Communist Party’s successor? Extremely strong!
The failure of Ciolacu’s attempt to quickly become the president of the party in March fully proved it. Therefore, he cannot even afford to ignore Șerban Nicolae, at least not until he sees himself enthroned. Either he dines with the “devil” and with those who sent him to represent their interests, as a kind of ambassador of the Romanian Mafia Republic, or he does not cross the bridge.
This is where PSD now stands, one year after Liviu Dragnea, the bravest and most efficient political representative of the Romanian Mafia Republic in the last 30 years, was taken out of the game. Stuck between Ciolacu’s attempt to take the reins and lead with the main mission of not allowing his own party to overpass the red lines drawn around the rule of law, justice and strategic partnerships and the desire of the invisible PSD to bring to power a successor at least as vile, greedy and careless of national interests as Dragnea.
The fact that „Despicable me 2” is not yet running on PSD screens is not due to Ciolacu, but to the fact that Șerban Nicolae manages to arouse smiles rather than horror. But that doesn’t mean the casting process is over. No way! It will not end even if Ciolacu manages to obtain confirmation at the next Congress.
Why? Because PSD cannot fight against its own nature. Because the Romanian Mafia Republic, which includes not only the invisible PSD, but the entire cross-party network that ensures access to budgetary resources, has a formidable conservation instinct and a virtually inexhaustible capacity to regenerate and reinvent itself.
„If you have the curiosity to rummage through this gigantic emotional archive that Facebook is, you will discover that the reactions provoked today by the actions of Liviu Dragnea, Călin Popescu Tăriceanu and their allies are identical to those generated by the deeds and words of Ponta and Antonescu and the USL lieutenants (many, like Dragnea, remained in power).
They are identical with the comments found in the archives of news sites, when Facebook did not exist yet, about Adrian Năstase, Ion Iliescu and their cliques. And in no way different, in essence, from the swear words whispered under blankets, which endured in the collective memory during Ceausescu’s era.
Millions and millions of exclamation marks, expressions of astonishment, anger, revolt, despair, deposited layer upon layer, in decades. And almost all left, with only a few exceptions – four presidential elections, without consequences.
Since then, almost nothing positive has been born from the magma of the frustrations of those who understood the aberrations but did not find internal resources to fight them. The real changes did not come from the grassroot upwards, through a democratic process. They were imposed on us. However, those who were waiting for the changes, applauded, and those who were hindered by them are still fighting today, with restless energy, money, strategies and concerted actions to cancel them.
Until Ion Iliescu brought the miners in 1990, no one would have thought that there would ever be another politician as hated as Nicolae Ceaușescu. We were wrong. Many considered and still consider Iliescu worse, because he wasted the historical chance that appeared in December 1989.
Many believed that after Ceausescu and Iliescu it could not be worse. Until Adrian Năstase appeared and started suffocating Romania with his mafia cooperative. Until he brought us to the point of nearly missing EU membership because of the unprecedented level of corruption.
After Nastase, who would have dared to believe that we could get a Prime Minister and a party leader more arrogant and greedier than him? No one! Until his political legacy, Victor Ponta, was revealed to us in all his splendor.
Do you remember how much indignation and frustration you spilled on the keyboards between 2012 and 2015? Do you remember the tons of lies, abject attacks and embarrassing justifications he spread in the public space and the torrent of invectives with which you responded? Strangely, although only two years have passed since then, the memory of the 4 years of horror with Ponta at the helm has faded so much that now he seems really bearable.
Why? Because Dragnea and Tariceanu took his place. Although Ponta and Antonescu have their conscience burdened by the assaults against the rule of law and justice in the winter of 2012, when they concluded collaboration protocols with Voiculescu’s „revolutionaries” for the abolition of DNA and CCR (remember, Daniel Morar?), Băsescu’s second suspension and the „black Tuesday,” among many others things, now they only seem to be some gentle ghosts. I don’t think you would withdraw your hand in disgust, as you would five years ago, if one of them happened to appear in front of you and tried to greet you.
Why? Because permanently, in our country, the present has such a frightening potential that past catastrophes seem to have been a piece of cake. And the current demons are careful to quickly break the records of violence of their predecessors. We are best at producing new and new champions of mocking the national interest and the common good. But also worthy of the Book of Records is our stubbornness not to understand the essence of the problem.
After all, who were Iliescu, Nastase, Ponta and Antonescu? Who are Dragnea and Tariceanu? Some generic names for a power system in which several hundred thousand people thrive, illegitimately, on the backs of several million. Screens behind which illegal property transfers take place every second, from honest citizens, taxpayers, to criminals and profiteers who use state mechanisms and officials to receive more than they deserve from the redistribution process of common wealth.
We cannot get rid of such people because the power system they are part of is constantly looking for the most talented and unscrupulous members to promote them to leadership positions. Hundreds of thousands of smaller or larger mobsters, institutional rackets, accomplices, small gear wheels have joined hands for these individuals to reach top positions in the state.
The moment one falls in the line of duty, taken by the DNA, most often the survival mechanisms come into action and the place of the „dead” is taken by a successor, chosen according to a single criterion. Its potential to ensure the perpetuation of the caste.
His CV must include deeds of bravery in the fight against the institutions that, after 2005, sided with the enemies; the ability to deliver a triple discourse, one for the members of the fraternity, another for its voters and another for foreign embassies; but especially the almost suicidal determination to preserve the mechanisms that allow the efficient plunder of public resources.
Nothing better reveals the scale of the problem and the fact that even Dragnea merely executes orders than what happened and is happening with the Ministry of Development. Why did Dragnea do his best to block the dismissal of Sevil Shhaideh from the government? Because this ministry governs a large part of the illicit transfer of ownership.
The billions it spends should get Romania out of deep misery. But as we have known for so many years due to the prosecutors’ investigations, part of this ministry’s budget goes, in the form of bribes, to line the pockets of a huge network of local politicians, client company owners and all sorts of state employees who either pretend to do some paperwork or case the joint. It is their main source of income.
At the same time, the MDRAP budget is the most effective tool by which its leaders ensure the loyalty of the local political army. Without it, when it comes to a vote of confidence in the party’s governing body, the leader has no guarantee that the heads of local branches will support him.
If Shhaideh were forced to leave her position and replaced by someone who does not blindly follow Dragnea’s orders, he would, in fact, lose power over the basic structures of the party. The new de facto party leader would be the one in charge of the MDRAP budget allocations. He could instantly cut off funding resources for those who choose to remain loyal to Dragnea and reward those willing to trade their loyalty.
But will the removal of Shhaideh from the money tap and even the removal of Dragnea from the helm of PSD lead to the implosion of the system that supplies the local mafia networks with money from the budget? No way! The hundreds of thousands of people who make up these networks, which I mentioned above, will do everything in their power to replace Dragnea with another Dragnea. An even more aggressive one if possible.
The only solution so that in 20 years we or our descendants do not write on Facebook about the horrors of Dragnea 20.0 is for the power system that has been operating since 1990 to be destructured, piece by piece.
It will not be enough for Dragnea and Tariceanu to lose the leadership of their parties. It will not be enough for the PNL to come to power either, because they also have a bunch of Dragneas and Tariceanus in their party, who can’t wait to take their place,” I wrote three years ago, in the editorial „Message in a bottle.”
Who specifically maneuvers Șerban Nicolae? The same people who maneuvered Liviu Dragnea until a year ago.
„Above him, Tariceanu, Iordache, Nicolae, Nicolicea and most of the other parliamentarians are, in terms of justice at least, those who have lost the most as a result of Romania’s joining the EU, NATO and the strategic partnership with the USA. Those who have lost, in fact, in the last eight years, the power over Romania’s strategic direction”, I wrote, two years ago, in the editorial ”Urma pierde turma.”„The last sheep abandons the flock.”
„The matrix of generals from the intelligence services, businessmen, magistrates and senior state officials who were either forcibly retired, or removed from the system by convictions in derisory cases, or punished for massive frauds committed with the complicity of former state officials operate all the puppets who are currently playing the role of liberators of the „colony” from the boots of the Western imperialists.
They are the ones who, 15 years ago, gave their consent for Romania to join the EU and NATO, being convinced that they will be able to take advantage of the integration without giving up their privileges. However, reality fell short of their expectations. But they will do everything in their power to take revenge:
Over the thick layer of „former officials”, ousted from power immediately after Romania joined NATO, there overlapped, year after year, other layers of politicians, officers, magistrates and officials, scraped by DNA or their own institutions because they fraternized with the criminals or became, in turn, criminals.
They are joined by the disgruntled of all stripes, from those who have missed a job, or those who have seen a relative or mistress questioned for illegal business, to those who have truly been innocent victims of the struggles for power or abuses.
So large is the number of people removed from politics and institutions in the last 12 years, of those affected by the fight against corruption, so vast and complex are the networks of influence or business that have supported them and that have been supported by them, that they surely created a critical mass of opponents against all the institutions and people who continue to assume the maintenance of the strategic direction.
PSD, ALDE and the other politicians who want Dragnea and Tariceanu to win the game against the rule of law rely on this army, which is unseen, silent, but very influential through the personal ties they have kept inside the institutions where they worked. Convinced that they will soon be removed or convicted, they make full use of the resentments of all those who consider that they have been unjustly punished and rely on their desire for revenge.
The advantage of this heterogeneous group, including even former deadly enemies, game and hunters, is that they do not need to be coordinated. They don’t even have to be explicitly asked for something. They act autonomously, like a neural network, against those they consider guilty of their collapse. Cumulatively, the effects of their actions are beginning to be felt.
This explains why the Constitutional Court and partly the CSM have openly sided with those who want DNA and the General Prosecutor’s Office kneeling at any cost. Many judges and prosecutors from the two institutions have accumulated great personal frustrations in relation to DNA, the General Prosecutor’s Office, SRI and other institutions or have debts to settle on behalf of some „former” to whom they are indebted for life. This explains why other institutions have begun to withdraw from the judiciary or unjustifiably fail to complete their tasks. Therefore, the fight will not end even if Dragnea and Tariceanu leave the arena.
The unseen army will continue to undermine all those who removed them from power. And they will not hesitate to see it through, dismantling institutions, even if the price is the compromising of the geostrategic ties that keep us anchored in the Euro-Atlantic space.
Even if this means that they will fulfill the dream that is dearest to all the enemies of Romania: the return to no-man’s land; the return to the years when Ion Iliescu was raging against corruption, but no one ever reached in front of the judges.”