Monday, July 4

Politics and politicians

A few days ago, former President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero recalled that there was a greater distance between Manuel Fraga Iribarne and Santiago Carrillo when the Transition began, than today between Pablo Casado and Oriol Junqueras.

A few days later, a protagonist of that transition, Fernando Ónega, pointed out in an article in La Vanguardia that he did not agree with Zapatero, because Casado “is a Spanishist and a monarchist” and Junqueras is a “pro-independence and republican”, so both represent the most irreconcilable political positions.

True, the differences are tremendous, but that does not prevent politicians from dedicating themselves to doing what they are elected for: politics. What was done, precisely, in the Transition, because let us not forget that Fraga was a Spanish and Francoist, and Carrillo was a communist and a republican, to which had to be added a Civil War and a 40-year dictatorship, therefore apparently irreconcilable.

Any minister can be used to solve day-to-day problems, with his own fixed resources from his ministry. To solve the big problems, the essential questions, you need real politicians, with the guts to face difficulties and dangers. This is the crux of the matter and we ask ourselves whether politicians in that spirit are moving today in our field. Politicians who can confront with decision, and leaving the hair in the hole that are necessary, problems of great importance and do not say like the former president Mariano Rajoy: “That is a mess.”

That of Catalonia is one of those problems of great importance, and in this regard Ónega asked himself a decisive question: “Is there a proposal that serves to ensure that the Constitution and the Statute are complied with, at the same time that nationalist aspirations are satisfied?” Can anyone answer that?

A couple of years ago, the one who was one of the parents of the Constitution and also a deputy of the Popular Alliance, Miguel Herrero and Rodríguez de Miñón, assured that the Catalan Statute of 2006 “was a tremendous error on the Catalan side, the appeal of the PP it was another immense error, the Constitutional ruling was a triple error, but there is a quadruple error: the use that has been made of said sentence. ” A compendium of errors that has brought us to where we are. From those powders come these muds.

The illustrious Herrero y Rodríguez de Miñón assured then, and could still assure today: “Yes, there are bridges, what is important is that there are people who want to cross them. There is no shortage of bridges but people who want to use them.”

Former President Zapatero also referred to the curious fact that “those who vindicate the Transition and embrace the Constitution, do not understand that the constitutional spirit is that of integration, dialogue, forgiveness and generosity.”

Rodríguez de Miñón, in his aforementioned speech a couple of years ago, asked whether tolerance, dialogue, and the consensus of the Transition are now bankrupt among the current political class, specifically answered: “Yes, I think so. And the only thing that can be done is to reestablish those principles, that simple. We must consider that the other may have a point of reason in something and that is what allows us to speak; if we consider that the other is Satan, then never You can agree with him, of course. Today’s politicians must bear in mind that the opposite should not be demonized because if you are demonized, the other will never trust you and, furthermore, your own party will not let you agree. ”

And in these we are. Here everyone is demonized, lately even the president of the CEOE, Antonio Garamendi, for saying that if pardons serve to normalize things, welcome. Then he had to qualify the unspeakable so that the octopus did not fall, but they were already watching La Razón, where they found out that Garamendi had been given a medal from the Ministry of Defense 24 hours before, and that is why he had said what that he had said. The case is to demonize as Herrero and Rodríguez de Miñón said so that no one moves, and so the problems rot away and we can all frolic in the filth and quagmire.

Even the president of the Andalusian community, Juanma Moreno Bonilla, risks being demonized for insisting, during his visit to La Moncloa to meet with President Pedro Sánchez, that “the King signs the pardons does not make him the author” and that “it is necessary to avoid violating the image and figure of the King”, thus qualifying the untold president of Madrid, of his own party.

In these arrive the Catalan bishops and release a statement in which they are in favor of granting grace measures that try to solve conflict situations. Among these bishops is Cardinal Omella president, neither more nor less, of the Spanish Episcopal Conference. And this position is not trivial, perhaps here we will find the philosopher’s stone that Ónega was looking for, and the key to a possible understanding between the “Spanishist and monarchist” Casado and the “pro-independence and republican” Junqueras. They both have something in common, they are from Sunday mass.

Perhaps that is why they can understand what the bishops say: “If the dialogue is serious, capable and open, and if it is admitted that dialogue always means giving up one’s own demands in order to meet the other’s resignations along the way, there will be progress. Furthermore. Moving forward with sincere feelings of mercy and forgiveness, respecting justice, will help the agreements we all hope to be reached soon “. Amen.