Thursday, July 7

Garamendi’s tears

What hurts must be expressed. When the pain closes in, it becomes unbearable. Hence crying as a liberating exercise for emotions. Tears are just that, the reflection of a contained emotion, never a sign of weakness, although there are those who have them like a crocodile, whose legend says that they fake them for the victims they hunt.

Those that the president of the CEOE, Antonio Garamendi, poured after a closed ovation from the members of the Executive Committee of the employer’s association do not make him a maudlin, nor a manipulator, nor a hysteric, as those who have slipped him in his comments They have harshly fanned the government’s pardons to welcome the procés leaders if they contribute, as is intended, to restore institutional and economic normality.

In a country where there are no longer any shades or grays, in which everything is black and in which the right wing has established that whoever supports the government’s decision is a traitor or a traitor and who rejects them, a firm defender of the unity of Spain, Garamendi cannot be between two waters.

His did not seem like a manipulative cry with which to move the bosses through a feigned punishment, but rather a valve through which the tension accumulated after a week of endogenous and exogenous pressures appeared to rectify his words and deny bread and salt to the Government of Sánchez. Sold, traitor, submissive, lackey, mellifluous, wimp at the service of the globalist left and an ally of separatism are some of the niceties that he has had to hear and read after his statements on the measure of grace. One day he will tell, for sure, who and from where they pressured him. The list is endless.

“What I have experienced seems to me an injustice. I have had some bad, very bad days. I have talked about the rule of law, the law, the monarchy Parliament and the radish has been caught by the leaves, “said the business leader, after recalling that the CEOE has always worked” independently “and with a” sense of state. ”

Garamendi knows well that the former has not been the case even during his tenure. His in the employer’s association is a weak leadership as it is in the PP that of Pablo Casado, who has once again abjured the fundamental principles of moderation to accuse Sánchez of starring in a comic opera, requesting his resignation and the urgent call for elections anticipated so as not to lag behind Vox. The president of the businessmen has sometimes succumbed to pressure from locals and strangers. They know it well in La Moncloa, where there were days that in the morning they received the OK from the employer to some of the so-called social decrees approved during the pandemic and that same afternoon they rectified it.

Former President Felipe González said this week at the delivery of the First Rojana Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba Award to value the legacy of the former Vice President of the Government that only those who have firm principles and deep loyalties have “the necessary peace of mind to share spaces with those who do not. they think like them. ” This is the strength of leadership and the ability to weave agreements, not being subjected to strange balances and knowing how to listen, dialogue and command. The others are the weak, those who turn to themselves out of insecurity or because they fear the consequences of their words and actions. In short, those who have the potestas but not the auctoritas. In this, the president of the CEOE has the same deficit as his now arch-enemy Pablo Casado.

In addition to an expression of his feelings, Garamendi’s crying was a way of expressing the cause of his true anguish: internal weakness and fear of a divided executive who is inclined to the most belligerent positions of the right that does not forgive an opinion that get out of his trench.

Sometimes, sometimes, crying is also a distraction from the real reason for uneasiness, which in the case of Garamendi is to preside over an entity – which brings together 4,500 associations integrated into 225 federations and confederations, to which another 200 territorial organizations are added. and sectoral – which historically has thought and acted more ideologically than business.