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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-13-12 08:03 PM
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Alexis Tsipras the Future of Greece, and a model for the Left around the World
Edited on Sun May-13-12 08:08 PM by rpannier
If you're a supporter of 'conventional wisdom' Sunday has to be another day of misery for you.

Like the 'Sensible Woodchuck' in 'This Modern World,' the constant wailing from the status-quo crowd is that the Greeks are playing with fire if they don't accept the terms of the sensible austerity program that will save Greece and the world.

The meetings from Sunday in Greece have again forced the status quo to grab their pearls and sing their chorus of:
'Merciful Heavens! Whatever are we to do?"

The panic-stricken horror has been set off by a confident (some say cocky) 38 year old named Alexis Tsipras. The leader of a coalition of 'the real left', Tsipras has succeeded in channeling the anger the Greek public has into a 2nd place finish for the Syriza Party that he leads.

The Syriza Party is Greece's real left party. They stand on principle and will not be swayed by the shrilling cacophony of those who see any sort of radical change as the end of civilization and a return to wearing animal skins and living in caves.

Tsipras is what many leaders on the left used to be. Smart, charismatic, confident and willing to stake out a position and stick to it. To understand just how good Tsipras is, one only has to look at the meeting to create a unity government with Greek President Papoulias.

First, Tsipras sat on the opposite side of the table to the President's left. It served two purposes, one it served as a reminder that he considers himself a leftist and that's where he is. Second, if you go to the link ( http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/13/greek-coali... ) you can't help but be impressed at how much better he looks sitting than the bloated, aging leaders of the other two parties across from him. (He is also the center of attention on his side, while the other side looks cluttered. Not only with the two other leaders, but there are also people sitting behind them.)
Tsipras is the star on his side.

Second, when he walked away from the talks he made his position very clear.
From Tsipras:

->"Those who for two years have governed us and are responsible for the situation of society and the economy have not only not got the message they are continuing to blackmail and terrorise,"

->"The three parties that have agreed with the goal of implementing the memorandum," he said, referring to the loan agreement, "have the majority. Let them go ahead. The demand that Syriza participate in their agreement is absurd. They are asking us to ignore the popular vote and our pre-elections pledges."

It's little wonder why his Party is now the front runner should there be a need for elections in Greece in June.
He could have betrayed his supporters and the majority of Greeks who voted for a variety of parties that all were opposed to the austerity measures.
But he didn't. He stuck to his guns.
And barring some calamity, if there are elections in June the Syriza Party should have about 143 seats in Parliament and they have two possible coalition partners that also opposed the austerity measures that will help put them in power -- and he'd only need one of them.

Now, it was not unexpected that he'd say no to the coalition.
But many in the 'Europe is Burning! You MUST accept the austerity or everyone will DIE!" crowd were hoping he'd give into the deal and agree 'for the good of Greece' to do the 'right thing.'
Never mind that unemployment is at 21% and people are suffering.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-14-12 02:04 AM
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1. Money changes everything. Cyndi Lauper Even the left.
She said I'm sorry baby I'm leaving you tonight
I found someone new he's waitin' in the car outside
Ah honey how could you do it
We swore each other everlasting love
She said well yeah I know but when
We did - there was one thing we weren't
Really thinking of and that's money -

Money changes everything
Money, money changes everything
We think we know what we're doin'
That don't mean a thing
It's all in the past now
Money changes everything
< Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/c/cyndi+lauper/money+changes... >
They shake your hand and they smile
And they buy you a drink
They say we'll be your friends
We'll stick with you till the end
Ah but everybody's only
Looking out for themselves
And you say well who can you trust
I'll tell you it's just
Nobody else's money -

Money changes everything
Money changes everything
We think we know what we're doin
We don't pull the strings
It's all in the past now
Money changes everything

Money changes everything
Money changes everything
We think we know what we're doing
We don't know a thing
It's all in the past now

Money changes everything
Money changes everything
Money changes everything
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