Manna as Brezhnev

by GIANFRANCO DE FRANCO

The candidate for mayor Marcello Manna is deserted. He leaves the battlefield and refuses to confront the candidate Sandro Principe with a gesture of arrogance that has no equal. He, who says he feels offended, offends Sandro and his party mates by calling them “acolytes”.

There is nothing to say, Manna is indeed a “great” gentleman.

I wonder what would have happened if, when Achilles challenged Hector, the Trojan hero did not appear on the battlefield. What would be the fate of Troy? Yet Hector could choose not to challenge Achilles. He could choose to stay with his family. He could choose to become king of Troy. Even if he were a submissive king in Athens, a king would always remain.

Ettore, instead, chose to take the field, knowing that he would not survive. People like Ettore are heroes. Courageous people who defend their people. Hector was not a coward and chose his destiny for the sake of his people.

Sometimes the challenges must be accepted. No excuses can be found. Ettore, for example, would have behaved like Manna if, in order not to fight against Achilles, he had found the excuse of, I don’t know, having a fever, of being sick or of other things of this type.

Manna, in order not to challenge Principe, finds the banal excuse of “a glaring inability to measure up with the programs” by the Prince himself. I frankly believe that there can be no greater mystification. Who can ever believe in such a lying representation of reality?

A Soviet joke comes to mind, without wanting to steal the trade at Marta Petrusewicz: «A train bearing Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev and Gorbachev stops suddenly when the tracks run out. Each leader applies his own, unique solution. Lenin gathers workers and peasants from miles around and exhorts them to build more track. Stalin shoots the train crew when the train still doesn’t move. Khrushchev rehabilitates the dead crew and orders the tracks behind the train ripped up and relaid in front. Brezhnev pulls down the curtains and rocks back and forth, pretending the train is moving. And Gorbachev calls a rally in front of the locomotive, where he leads a chant: “No tracks! No tracks! No tracks!?”».

By renouncing the electoral challenge, Manna not only behaves like a coward, but acts just like Brezhnev who pretends that the train moves and to prove it to itself it mystifies itself knowing to mystify. He tries to make a reality seem real (the inability, even “glaring”, of Sandro to measure himself) that does not exist. It means, in other words, that if Manna loses the elections, and loses them, she will not sit even one day in the opposition benches. He will abandon his traveling companions, perhaps making them believe the opposite. Exactly how Brezhnev who, when the train is stopped, tries to make him believe that he is moving, pulls down the curtains and rocks back and forth.

 

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