As the President he was not received very well because average Joe in Poland (pretty much as anywhere else) has not much clue about politics and is heavily influnced by the media, "celebrities" and so on
That's your excuse, but Lech Kaczynski had the 2nd highest selling daily newspaper behind him, as well as a TV channel and radio station. Trying to claim that the "media" is to blame is futile.
For them he was very inconvinient, as he supported decommunization, was making fight against corruption one of the top priorities, was not too happy about making Poland a province of a country called EU etc.
Yeah yeah, he was all these things, but all he did was petty, senseless acts. He didn't do a damned thing about corruption among his own, he had no idea how to deal with the EU (mainly because he was acting in a ceremonial, not executive role) and he hardly supported decommunization when his own father was a turncoat traitor.
Poland is unfortunately a country, where "elites" are still mainly made of people with some connections to commies, "businessmen" who accumulated their wealth taking over state-owned companies for a fraction of their real values, "proffesors" who got the scientific degrees under communism for spying on their colleagues etc.
That's the usual excuse spouted by those who simply weren't good enough to make it. I could introduce you to plenty of people who got there through hard work, but you'd just scorn them because they aren't failures.
So they attacked and ridiculed him at every opportunity (with foreign media, mainly German, helping them as strong and trully independent Poland is of course not in their interest) and that gradually changed the public opinion (so much for "democracy") to the point that some of the least intellectually/morally gifted individuals (plebs) were even expressing their joy over his death.
Again - excuses. People hated him not because of what the media told them, but because of what he did. He was an utter disaster as President, with approval ratings at the time of his death hovering around the 20% mark. You know - unlike your PiS crowd - we can think for ourselves. We don't need to media to tell us that he's bad - we only need to know that he vetoed endless things.
On the other hand, current prrresident - the real village idiot, who has all disadvantages of Kaczyński and none of his advantages, is allright as he is defending interests of the "elites".
And that's exactly why you and PiS will stay in opposition - abusing the President (who has approval ratings in the 60's) won't win you elections.
One of the many fallacies the above post is that he had some sort of role in the fight against corruption. He didn't. He did however have a history of, sometimes illegally ,intervening when anyone other than he and his brother's cronies we're getting their snouts in a trough that they had their eyes on.
Indeed. I don't think it's much of a surprise that they went after the SLD - heck, the stuff with Walesa (who has been definitively cleared by the IPN) was nothing but a ridiculous witchhunt.
The brothers did nothing about corruption apart from a couple of high profile incidents - all designed to get them media attention. All the talk of "anti-corruption" was just a way to get cheap votes from people who thought that the sons of a Communist traitor (who betrayed his former AK allies) would actually do such a thing.
ahhh it's refreshing to see that the political game is played the same every where.Now, how do I as an objective observer, sift through the propaganda and substantiate what's being said.I admire the articulation of Gregorz_ and johnnyM.Please cite sources?It would be much appreciated.If anyone can
The best source is The Economist - they tend to present a balanced view of what's going on. You might also want to read the US Embassy cables relating to Poland - many of them objectively discuss things, and show what PiS were upto when in Government.
Stay away from Polish-written sources, especially in English.
you won't find a synthesis like Grzegorz's in any single internet source
Of course you will. Gazeta Polska et al will happily present such views. You can even read the hysterical freepl.info if you want to read more of such rubbish.