Setting the Cat among the Pigeons: Poland’s Independence Day

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Today, as I am writing this piece, I’m undoubtedly setting the cat among the pigeos and I’m looking forward to see the maddened pigeons to advance. Let them even attack me, personally. By setting the aforementioned cat among the pigeons I’m hereby declaring: let the nationalists parade and let the Law and Justice (PiS) party support them. Have I gone mad? Not in the slightest.

National Independence Day marches have for the past two years been accompanied by a safety net provided by the authorities in a rather overt manner. Chairman Kaczyński – as we all know by now, a strategic genius – selected far-right movements as a tool for banging on the opposition’s head. At the same time, he also reinvents Law and Justice as a merit-oriented party, thanks to which his electorate perceives the United Right in extactly such a manner. The ruling party is a program for Poland, nationalist movements are the hammer for Civic Platform, Nowoczesna, Party for Socialism and Liberation, and post-communists. And although this strategy may lack finesse, it shure works.

After scandalous carryings-on of the nationalists during a march or in a church, I hear lamentations of a part of the opposition circles, mostly left wing or leftishly-oriented. Indignant comments occur on the social media. That’s fine but I want more! I don’t want this crazy mob on our streets. And I wish that Minister Błaszczak would protect them to an even greater extent and maybe even lock their opponents up. On a greater scale, more oftenly, and prefereably in broad daylight. Let there be more green and red flags. Let there be more of “white Poland” in “white Europe”, more “Poland for Poles”. And “more God”, especially.

After all, nationalist movements are a wake-up call. For Poland and Europe. Nationalist movements should wake up all those people who keep complaining and yet are not willing to leave the comfort of their own houses for the election day. This has to be a wake-up call that should ring in the minds of all those undecided who hold back. And also, let the big bells toll and call upon all the people who are decided and consciously oppose to the current ruling party.

In the last parliamentary election Law and Justice received only 19% of the votes of all eligible voters. The rest did not vote for PiS neither openly nor secretly. Over 80% of eligible voters were not fond of Law and Justice’s program. Recent surveys show that there is a growing number of active voters, although a great part of this group still does not have clear voting preferences. That is the soil that could be used to sow the seeds of PiS’s downfall.

So let the nationalists wave their banners featuring slogans about white race and death to homos. Let them parade with the slogans of “Poland for Poles” and let them burn effigies of Jews and Arabs. Let Mr Kaczyński keep repeating his statements about sick Europe and great Poland, demand war reparations from Germany, and Secretary of State and Ministry of National Defence Bartosz Kownacki repeat his insanities about teaching the French how to eat with a fork. Let Minister Macierewicz rant about the assassination and build his own army at the cost of Polish Armed Forces. Let them pour billions of Polish zlotys into Polish national broadcasting company, TVP. Let them play hide and seek with the Polish society, trying to bribe it with borrowed money or funds taken away from somebody else. Let them punish Polish companies by collecting overdue social insurance contributions despite the fact that no so long ago they were filing completely opposite parliamentary questions. Let them turn Polish Contitutional Tribunal into a blown egg and courts into an animal farm. Let them benefit from state-owned enterprises for the sake of their buddies, and buddies of their buddies.

Let’s not get in their way. Let’s be patient and let them lose everything there is to lose. Let’s set the cat among the pigeons. The end.

The article was originally published in Polish:

Translated by Olga Łabendowicz

Jacek Liberski