The Flying Circus of Mighty Kaczyński

October 14, 2008

For the last two weeks we’ve been watching the trip itinerary of Lech Kaczyński, the President of Poland.

For those uninformed it looks something like this:

The Government: “It’s not a holiday season, Mr. President”

President, stomping his foot: “I wanna go.” Boooo…

The president wants to go to an EU summit and have his say in our politics. The thing is that not everyone can have their say. Neither the president, nor you, nor I. There is the government, with the prime minister, chosen in democratic elections, and they are the only guys who have the right to say anything about how the country should be governed.

The president seems to think that the word “president” before his name implies that he’s some kind of George W. Bush. Well, no, not in Poland. The president of Poland is nothing like the American president. He can accept or reject the government’s propositions, but if he rejects them the Senate can outvote him. He can send our army to a war… And that’s pretty much all he can.

Otherwise he’s not like a president, he’s like the British Queen, and I don’t recall Elizabeth II go to EU summits and decide about the UK’s politics.

Unfortunately Mr. Kaczyński isn’t the only person oblivious as to his competencies. An average Pole has about the same picture of the presidency in Poland. They vote for people who have certain opinions about politics, while all they should do is to choose the best looking candidate. The president, like the English royalty, should be just for representing us at various functions, looking nice, smiling a lot (or as much as a Pole can), and chatting up other kings and queens about weather.

Who should be our president then?

The Pontiff seems an obvious choice. Unfortunately he’s dead, but then we might use one of the many monuments, and let his moral authority do the rest.

It was proven that Polish girls aren’t gorgeous, but surely we could find one. How about Ms. Szapołowska?

Grażyna Szapołowska

She’s not very clever, but that might be for the best. She can act though, and that’s even better!

We might also go sentimental and get ourselves a king. Following the May 3 Constitution here’s our guy:

Prince Alexander of Saxe-Gessaphe

Prince Alexander of Saxe-Gessaphe

See? He smiles!

OK, I know, he looks rather German, but then he is German, like the British royalty anyway. On the other hand he’s Catholic. Wait! A German Catholic? That’s like the pope! Which leads me to…

Since we’re such a Catholic country anyway, why not give the crown to Vatican?

Emblem of the Papacy

Emblem of the Papacy

There are very good points for:

  1. Our king would be above all other kings.
  2. He would have a cool triple crown.
  3. And a genuine power via God’s grace.
  4. He’d be the best of all Catholics!
  5. Father Rydzyk and alike would be successfully prevented from criticising the head of our state.
  6. Our king would care more about heavenly wisdoms than earthly goods.
  7. All popes would learn Polish.
  8. No newspaper would laugh at Polish kings without risking offending all of the Catholics in their country.
  9. Our country would be supported by over billion people all over the world.
  10. He’s already rich, so he’d cost us less than presidents. We’d save on bodyguards too. The Swiss take care about it.
  11. He’s already the head of Vatican, and you don’t hear that they’re going bankrupt any soon.
  12. The papal emblem would have the Polish eagle.
  13. Our kings wouldn’t be boring. I heard the next one will be black.

… 100. The pope already has a plane!

Are there any againsts? Nope. There’s no reason to suspect the king of Poland of any mischief, because traditionally our kings have nothing to say, and the popes, unlike the Kaczyński bros, are famous for their adherence to tradition.

We might also go the Polish route and choose a Czartoryski. That would be this one:

Prince Adam Karol Czartoryski

Prince Adam Karol Czartoryski

Guess where he lives! Yep, the Isles. He smiles the Polish way though, and he’s the Spanish king’s first cousin.

But then since we can give the crown to anyone, why not choose freely? How about…

King Abdullah

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

Just think of the hectolitres of cheap fuel!

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2 Responses to “The Flying Circus of Mighty Kaczyński”

  1. Pawel said

    Interesting observations on Szapołowska:))

    Since President of Poland is a rather ceremonial role, I’d love to see someone entertaining in that role. Entertaining, funny and intelligent. Kuba Wojewódzki maybe… or Mr. Palikot. Or, if we add people of all other nationalities, maybe Russel Brand!

    They should speak clearly, have an interesting voide and something to say… so maybe Anna Laszuk of TOK FM?

    • Sylwia said

      Yes, I think it’d be great to have in this role someone who isn’t a politician. Our model of government simply doesn’t work the way it does elsewhere. It was created when we had kings, and they were “bezpartyjni”.

      A journalist or a writer would be much better choices. Someone from the intelligentsia class, who’s knowledgeable in politics, but can keep a distance. The voice of reason and citizens contra the government. The king was supposed to be the “third party” that would check the government. Today presidents are just elevated politicians, who still represent their own party more than us. Perhaps there should be a ban on party members. Only people who never were in any party could run the elections. Then Poles would likely vote for those witty and entertaining, or very wise, like Nobel Prize winners. Moreover, the president would then have some authority, because they’d have their own life achievements. We’re never going to respect our presidents, since they have nothing more to recommend them than being in some party, and that’s not a reason in the Polish eyes.

      I could even have Mleczko for a president, or someone from a cabaret. Perhaps when the president could laugh at the government, the government would become less laughable. But it should be someone outside of the clique.

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