Athens. Friday, June 15, 2012. Six o’ clock in the afternoon. Two days before the elections. I am sitting in front of my pc. The sun is shining with full power on the walls of my office. A fan fights to get me a breath. The cat insists on laying on my naked feet. Like a hot-water bottle. I am trapped between sun and cat, with the thermometer showing 35 degrees Celsius, in the shadow.
I am trapped between sun and cat, political and financial dilemmas. I am horrified as well. Me, a humble Greek journalist and blogger, yes, me. I am horrified because I am holding the destiny of this world in my hands. With my vote on upcoming Sunday.
I could have never imagined in my whole life that I would be so important that I would and could decide over the fate of million of people around the world. Yes, me. Greek citizen, journalist, anonymous blogger. Left-handed by birth.
What do they want from me?
If I have to believe what frenzied media, threatening rating agencies, panicked bankers, horrified Eurozone officials, warning black-mailing EU governors, furious pro-bailout and raging anti-bailout politicians, broke marketers and greedy speculators from inside and outside Greece, as attractive sirens and doomsday-predicting Kassandras try to infiltrate into my brain these days… I must say “Yes!” I do indeed believe that I am the most important person in the world. A world that I could bring to collapse with my single vote on Sunday.
I am horrified by the load of my responsibility. But I am also flatterned to see all these powerful men and women engaged in a struggle to convince me which party to vote for.
This political, financial and media world I mention above, is been caught by an devastating mass hysteria. In fact since quite some time. On 24/7-tract.
Tsipras: Doomsday Rider of 21st Century
Yes, the world we know will fall apart. Not on 12.12.12. as the Mayas predicted. But on 18.06.12. The day when the impact of my single but powerful vote will be revealed to the mankind.
An Armageddon will hit the markets, a Dragon will spit fire from the capital of a country in central Europe and a huge tsunami will sweep away the bank deposits of millions of small savers.
It’s is also possible the Earth will be derailed, even thought some scientists express serious doubt on this scenario.
The beast, riding on his apocalyptic horse, will annihilate the established world we know with his swinging sword…
All this would happen, only in case I pick up the wrong ballot paper on Sunday.
All this would happen, if my left-hand won’t pick the right, pro-bailout parties ballot papers of Nea, Dimocratia or PASOK.
All this would happen, should my left-hand follow its natural-born instinct and vote …left: SYRIZA and “the most dangerous man in Europe” as German Der Spiegel characterized Alexis Tsipras.
…and My Vote Goes…?
Being a responsible citizen who does not want to be blamed for causing the 21st Century Revelation, I sat down yesterday and tried to contemplate on my vote.
Should I vote for PASOK? Hm… wasn’t it the party that governed Greece for almost 30 years, “legalized” corruption and bribes and loaded me with a huge debt? Wasn’t it the party that took me to the bailout? The party that had me directly and indirectly lose my job, cut my pension, deprived me from medicine, left my children without books and charged me with taxes I do not have the money to pay? While it left its trade unionists and voting clients untouched or little harmed by the austerity? While I was left behind like a squizzed lemon half without unemployment support? Plausibly thinking, I would say “Yes, it was.”
Should I vote for ND? Hm… Wasn’t it the party that increased our national debt to astronomic sizes for earth standards? Wasn’t it the party that also promoted its voters, and had its officials ‘eat with golden spoons, in the last five years it was in power? Isn’t it the party that terrorizes me from morning till the evening during the last four weeks that if I won’t vote for it, I will have to pay my next rent in devalued Drachmas? Isn’t it the party that threatens my sick mother with medicine shortage, where my mother is not able to buy them anyway-, my father with pension evaporation while his cut pension does not eligible him to a descent life? or My brother with fuel shortage, while he has gave up his car because he can’t afford to pay vehicle tax, insurance and fuel? Isn’t it the party that signed the second bailout and the PSI that cut my small investment in Greek bonds into half? Yes, that’s the party. And furthermore I hate when people and parties are in shortage of arguments and in abundance of terrorizing methods in order to get my support.
Should I vote for SYRIZA? Hm… Isn’t it the party that hasn’t be in power yet and it could be worth trying? Isn’t it the party supported by many former PASOK voters/unionists for some ‘certain’ and for me suspicious reason? Isn’t it the party that that wants to hire more personnel in the public sector, while I believe the Greek public sector has to be trimmed down? The party that does not fully convince me it is able to guarantee that I won’t see my savings vanish in the air through some spontaneous and impulsive actions? Yes, it is.
To Vote or Not To Vote
Should I better vote for some small “pro-bailout”, “contra-bailout” or “I-can’t-tell-you-yet”, parties that could play an important role in the formation of a coalition government, much needed in the country?
Should I deny all the parties my vote or just take up my responsibility and cast a valid vote?
I know that I will have to make a compromise. These June 17 elections are “historical elections”, after all.
I still have good 36 hours to decide. For sure I know for sure what I want:
a coalition government to secure control among partners and a strong government with 60%+ of the votes that will demand re-negotiation of the terms of the Loan Agreement with a powerful mandate from the public.
If I make a compromise, also our politicians would have to too. For the shake of our country, as they praise all of the time. Will they?
I do not know whether my vote on Sunday is damned to bring bad luck anyway to people from China to Mexico, from Norway to Egypt and especially to people from Finland to Cyprus, and from Spain to Germany, for one more reason: because I cast it with my left hand 🙂
PS There is talk that should SYRIZA win the elections, there will be of a secret meeting of Tsipras with representatives of Ninja fighters and intergalactic Little Green Men on Monday morning. But, please, do not spread the word. It’s a secret.
I can’t provide links to Greece’s doomsday scenarios and threats due to time shortage. Just google it. You will be stunned!