MOLFETTA – “Quindici” welcomes the invitation of some readers of the magazine that every month is on newsstands in Molfetta, to publish on the web, after a few months, some of the articles that have appeared in print, to make them accessible to a greater number of people, especially when their contents allow food for thought useful for the overall growth.
We have also done this in the past, we are also doing it now. Today we report the editorial (appropriately modified in some time passage, to make it more current) by the director Felice de Sanctis published in the July 2022 issue.
Power wears out those who don’t have it
by Felice de SanctisThat power will wear out those who do not have it, said Giulio Andreotti, one who understood it. And Pasquale Drago, known as Lillino, candidate for mayor of an area that refers to the center-left, was worn out ahead of time and threw in the towel immediately after the defeat in the ballot with Tommaso Minervini. In the end, the news of these municipal elections became the abandonment of Drago, compared to the victory of Minervini. But what left many of his voters bewildered was the resignation letter, sent, as we have already written, to a few close friends, that is, to the candidates of his coalition and not to the citizens who voted for him and who were ignored. Drago’s candidacy had not convinced us (not on a personal level, but on that of the validity of the choice) from the beginning and we had not hidden it. But he hadn’t convinced many center-left voters. And it was the triumph of hypocrisies, those hypocrisies that have so often damaged the left, managing to transform situations of potential victory into certain defeats. It was the same this time too: there was a lack of faith, there was a lack of enthusiasm for a candidate imposed by others, who perhaps failed to involve the citizens of Molfetta too much and which increased the number of abstentionists. And yes, because at least this time those who have chosen the sea at the polls do not belong to the right-wing electorate or to a certain right-wing ciambottista who found themselves the protagonist in the last council alongside Minervini, but the left-wing voter who does not vote for an interest, to have the place or the 50 or 100 euros that this time too would have been awarded based on the number of votes that conveyed to this or that candidate, this or that list. The voter who truly dreams of a different city and not a generic dream. A candidate is not built at the last moment, it is not enough to be a very worthy person like the former magistrate is. Another handicap was that of being absolutely unknown to the general public. He did not convince us that he was a former judge, because so far many of the magistrates, with some praiseworthy exceptions, who have tried their hand at politics, have not given good results. It will be due to the professional deformation of the inquisitorial mentality, while politics requires mediation, it will be due to the fact of not having a political mindset (the one with a capital P), it will be due to the habit of acting alone without confronting others, and so Street. In short, a divisive and shared candidacy. To the detriment of Drago, then, also played the age and health conditions, which he realized later. In short, there were objective limits. After all, a left-wing candidacy stems from a shared path (and, for heaven’s sake, let’s not make the mistake of some “naive” people in comparing this candidacy to that of Guglielmo Minervini who was born from a shared “Path”). There are those who hoped for a miracle like the one that led to the election of Paola Natalicchio in 2013, but the situations were completely different, young candidate, politically equipped (party militant and journalist), innate sympathy, effective communication skills, spontaneous and attractive leadership, etc. And therefore with Drago there was no vote of opinion, which prompted, at the time, the undecided and the abstentions, to go to the polls. The focus was on the candidate’s only chance, that of legality, as if Molfetta needed a sheriff or a magistrate who would send everyone to jail and restore a sustainable situation. Moreover, the resigned candidate himself argued the need, in the event of an election, to have a personal escort. Was this the dream of a different Molfetta? Or the sharing of values in which to believe and a person in whom to recognize oneself or recognize as a leader (a role that Drago himself has recognized that he does not possess)? A magistrate is used to deciding on the lives of others, making mistakes for which he is not called to answer, a power without verification, a situation different from that of the mayor, called every day to answer for his actions by the opposition and a critical press and not subservient to power. In the letter sent to a few close friends, Drago demonstrates how his candidacy was an error confirming the perplexities of many who repeated it in a whisper: the effort to try to lead you to victory; contempt for those who did not vote for him and who deserve to keep Molfetta as it is now; I would not have accepted a subordinate role of adviser to an opposition divided between three distinct coalitions (and down to criticism of Rifondazione considered a crutch of power); as a simple adviser it would not have been possible for me to get the escort, with the risk of conducting a battle without protection and without prospects and which would have involved sacrifices (including economic ones), commitment and risk completely useless; I’m not available for a battle against the windmills; Molfetta only needs a repressive intervention by the Judiciary (here is the inquisitor back). And again: I do not have the charisma, nor the temperament, nor above all the necessary political training to be a leader; our electoral coalition was formed by bringing together different instances and unified with the sole purpose of “overthrowing the tyrant”. There is enough to confirm the wrong choice of this candidacy, but also the opportunity of the candidate himself to accept it. Did he know his limits or did he discover them later? Perhaps he has deluded himself that he is the white knight of politics who defeats the tyrant? Once again we have been easy prophets and we have touched the uncomfortable role of Cassandra (which we do not like), not for divinatory or supernatural powers, but simply for experience and ability to analyze situations, tools of the trade of an old journalist. In conclusion, it is necessary to attribute to the candidate Drago, a very worthy person, a large dose of political naivety, but also to recognize the ability to admit a human frailty that make him an honest man a person who recognizes, even if belatedly, his own limits, defeated from politics, but not from life, for an immediate and not late honest choice. He waved the white flag and gave up, perhaps he would have done better to motivate his decision than him only with health reasons. The Drago coalition, however, pays the price not only for the wrong choice of the candidate, but also for the gathering of turncoats (former militants in the Minervinian ciambotto) and far from the left “feeling” that it must not be an elite or a club radical chic, much less an exclusive group, the only repository of the truth, but a sharing of objectives that respond to the real needs of citizens. An alternative to be built from tomorrow, not two months before the next local elections. Of the winning candidate Tommaso Minervini it can be said that his personal success is more due to the massive involvement of men and means in civic lists that have nothing political at all. Tommaso more and more Andreottiano, after three terms as mayor does not seem to be tired, much less worn out. He had fewer votes than his lists and therefore it is not his victory, but that of the characters and lobbies they represent, of the masters of the votes and more or less legitimate interests, certainly personal and not collective. But, paradoxically, Minervini comes out stronger, because the facts have shown that there is no alternative to him, if not the commissioner who, perhaps, in a degraded situation like that of Molfetta, would not be the worst evil, indeed: he would allow a reorganization of consensus around a shared project and not spoiled by the management of power and particular interests. Paraphrasing the electoral slogan of the elected mayor, today Minervini is Molfetta, but Molfetta cannot be Minervini. © All rights reserved