Tuesday, June 6

Trust Spain as a nation



The traditional Christmas Eve speech of His Majesty the King was a hymn to the future of a better Spain when the pandemic can be definitively overcome, but above all it was a call for Spaniards to “trust more in our own strength as a nation”, because yes History has taught us something as a people, it is our incessant ability to react to adversity and overcome it. Don Felipe praised the profound changes experienced in Spain in these more than four decades of democracy and freedom, and for this reason he appealed to the validity of the Constitution as a useful and exemplary tool for the “great project of transformation” with which we must continue going forward. His message was clear: both public powers and citizens are called to promote “unity in the face of division”, “dialogue and not confrontation”, “respect in the face of rancor”, and “the spirit of integration in the face of exclusion”.

Only in this way will it be possible to remain in a “civic, serene and free” coexistence.

Faced with polarization, the ideological fracture and the progressive festering in which our public and institutional life has been installed, Don Felipe resolutely vindicated the value of our Constitution because “it has been and is the main beam that has favored our progress and that has sustained our democratic coexistence in the face of serious and serious crises that we have experienced. For all this, he maintained, in a direct message to those who try to demolish the spirit of the Magna Carta, that “it deserves respect, recognition and loyalty.” A respect, recognition and loyalty that are systematically despised, for example, from the independence movement, and from those parties that promote a sectarian historical revisionism, that harass the parliamentary monarchy as the system that has guaranteed the success of our progress in freedom. , or that directly seek to break the unity of Spain. Hence the extraordinary value of appealing to our political, social or economic problems as a proud nation.

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The economic crisis was also a matter of concern for the King. Don Felipe recalled how we are overcoming the pandemic with the growth of the economy, with the recovery of most of the jobs suspended during the pandemic, and with the opportunity that opens up in Europe to receive funds for the recovery. However, he noted how the number of vulnerable people is also increasing and how general concern is growing about rising prices and inflation, about the cost of energy and about an issue, always unresolved, such as the difficulty of young people to access stable employment. However, faced with this reality, Don Felipe wanted to inoculate a dose of optimism so as not to fall into despair. “We do not have to get carried away by pessimism or conformism,” he came to say, calling on all Spaniards to react and go ahead of events, but without ever renouncing to be firm in the defense of our democratic principles and in the values ​​that inspire our coexistence so as not to lose the pace of advanced nations.

Don Felipe did not allude directly to the situation of Don Juan Carlos outside of Spain. If last year he argued that moral and ethical principles “oblige us all without exception” and are above any consideration, also “personal and family”, this year the King made a more generic pronouncement, recalling that each one must assume the “constitutional obligations that are entrusted to us, respect and comply with the laws, and be an example of public and moral integrity.”

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