CommentsApparently my comments touched a nerve, D-na Johnson Paugh! They are accurate and therefore stand as written -- every word. Plus: Basescu made his wealth as a merchant marine. Some of it legally, some of it not, as he admits. But he has never taken or given bribes while in office. Saying that he has is as libelous as saying he is a communist.
Your being "attacked" by Ponta's commies does not prove that your facts are accurate; A plus B does not necessarily equal Q.
Surviving the impeachment referendum is not just a confirmation of Basescu himself, it is an affirmation of Romanians' preference for the rule of law versus illegalities even ol' Nicolae couldn't dream up. It is an affirmation for the country to follow the right path for the future.
Not to mention that Basescu didn't plaigarize an entire doctorate paper (as Ponta did), then disband the University body that governs doctorates (as Ponta did) when they pointed this out. Basescu doesn't sleep until five o'clock in the afternoon (as Ponta does), his equivalent of Zerobama's golf games, to avoid actually working.
If you are a communist, D-na, then at least have the honesty and decency to tell your readers up front so your words can be put in their proper perspective. And finally: It's pretty lame that you dismiss accurate arguments and statements that are in opposition to your own as rudeness. Looks like you can dish out the mamaliga but you can't take it yourself.
Posted by JP Badarau on 07/30 at 11:31 AM | #
Your points are well made. I also salute Rep. Mike Kelly for his courage and patriotism.
I am glad the Romanian referendum failed today. Basescu will keep his job, democracy prevailed in spite of behind the scenes machinations and dirty politics, and Romanians are the winners as they will get to vote in regular elections in November. Ponta's coup failed.
Posted by ILEANA on 07/29 at 11:00 PM | #
What an inaccurate analysis of this referendum.
Basescu is not in any way shape or forum a communist. In fact, he has been quite clear in distancing himself from the soviets (oops, I mean Russians). He is a westernized capitalist who has created a climate for enormous growth both as a country and for individuals in the country. Go back and see for yourself.
Angela Merkel was absolutely correct to "dress down" Ponta and the rest of his commie gang for their illegal coup d'etat and all the accompanying illegalities. Several of his cronies are already under criminal investigation.
Your insinuation that Basescu has profited financially from his presidency is patently false. Basescu came to politics as a wealthy man -- a self-made wealthy man (horror of horrors to commies) who has never taken shpaga (bribes) or used his office for profit.
The reason Ponta's government has a 70% majority is because he ran anyone he couldn't control out of office and replaced them with his own unelected toadies.
You failed to note that this coup was committed under the tutelage of Vladimir Putin, whom Ponta visited some short weeks before the coup, and with the financial backing of George Soros, who has installed Wesley Clark, a clueless commie toadie, as "advisor" to Ponta. None of these people -- Ponta, Putin, Soros, and Clark -- have any interest in Romania except pure greed.
There is still a rule of law that a certain percentage of citizens must vote, and there must be a 51% majority to pass this impeachment, so most voters are simply choosing to stay home rather than vote. Even though some of them don't like Basescu and the cutbacks he created to prevent Romania from ending up like Greece, they understand that he and his party are the only bulwark between recent (and future) freedom and prosperity versus a return to the dark days of soviet-ruled communism that nearly destroyed the country.
Doamna, I'm really disappointed in you and your remarkably clueless assessment of these events. I pray for the sake of my family and friends who still live in Romania that Basescu will prevail in this referendum, that the November elections will support those who share his pro-Romanian agenda, and that the next President of Romania will similarly be a man who cares more for his country than with lining his pocketbook.
As far as relating this to current events in the USA: In Romania the commies are trying to oust a nationalist who is also pro-business and pro-western and pro-rule-of-law. In USA the commies have already taken The White House; we need the pro-American pro-business pro-freedom pro-Constitutionalists to take it back.
Posted by JP Badarau on 07/29 at 03:59 PM | #
Dr Paugh, the comment “they know corruption and lawlessness will rule the day” sums up the whole problem, doesn’t it.
I wonder if the people in this country aren’t possibly waking up to the fact that we have the same problem here. Yes, we have “nicer” names for Communism such as “Progressive Liberalism” with all its programs “for us” and of course “for the children”, but it is Communism none the less.
When the DC government got into the farming business, we sold off the family farms because we knew that some knot headed bureaucrat who had never worked a day in his life and who knew nothing about farming would be “regulating” our farms. “regulating” is the Communist term for taking all the profit and leaving you with all the work.
Decades ago when the government started putting its rhinoceros horn into the medical business “tent”, I (and the rest of the family) knew that the cost of medical care would go through the roof.
Now we have hundreds of thousands of government “employees” who “earn” over $100,000.00 per year and have a retirement program which would make any Potentate jealous and who spend their whole “productive” days writing regulation for businesses which they could never manage as an owner but now manage as a government “regulator”.
On those days which they don't desire to put out regulations, they entertain themselves in internet porn sites which cost us millions, but we are not supposed to complain about that, and besides they can't be punished because the Communist organization protects them.
The criminals saw what a wonderful chance it was for toads like them to crawl out of their mud hole and rule over the people. I don’t think that we can even list all the crimes of this current administration.
With all that, why in the world would I say “I wonder if the people in this country aren’t possibly waking up”? In the first place I am seeing groups such as the Tea Party people giving DC a “rash”, and that is a good sign, and then we have individuals such as Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) give an anti-big government rant on the House Floor where he received a standing ovation.
I still have hope for this country because the people here like to succeed or fail without the “help” of government of, by and for the government where the criminals cluster.
Posted by JohnMinn on 07/29 at 09:00 AM | #
A very objective article! Thank you for this.
Posted by Cristian on 07/28 at 08:57 PM | #
Impeachment Referendum for Old or New Communism
Posted by Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh on Jul 29, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Tomorrow in Romania:
Tomorrow, July 29, 2012, Romanians are going to the polls to vote for or against impeachment of their President, Traian Basescu. It is not something Romanians are happy about since their choices are either the old communist guard represented by President Traian Basescu or the new communism represented by the Prime Minister, Victor Ponta, and his ruling parliamentary coalition government.More...
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