For some time now I have wanted to comment on a subject that will probably not be of much interest outside of Spain, namely the Spanish public’s pathological animosity towards José Maria Aznar, Prime Minister from 1996 to 2004. He was the fourth of six Prime Ministers since the death of the dictator Francisco Franco in November 1975.
In order to understand the Spanish political psyche first one must bear in mind that in many respects, Spain owing to its tortuous recent past, was part of Europe only in a geographical sense, it shared little in common with northern Europe’s political development during most of the twentieth century.
While it is not within the purview of this article to delve deeply into Spanish history, it is important to remember that the country was under a military dictatorship for over half a century. This is an unprecedented length of time only exceeded by Russia.
During the disastrous reign of Alfonso XIII (1887 to 1931) an ineffectual parliamentary monarchy was overthrown by a coup d’état on the 13th of September 1923, orchestrated by Miguel Primo de Rivera. A military dictatorship ensued for a period of fifty three years, interrupted for only a brief but politically turbulent interval from 1931 to 1934, after which the country was further devastated by a civil war lasting five years.
Only thirty eight years have elapsed since the end of the dictatorship. During this time, with the notable exception of Aznar, a succession of disappointing cartoon characters (elected by the voters) have squabbled and bickered like badly behaved school boys over the reins of corruption, vying for the dubious distinction of who would preside over the betrayal of their people and sovereignty for cash, and lead them scurrying from under a physically imposed dictatorship into a self imposed slavery of the mind.
Primo de Rivera and Franco were of the old school of dictators who controlled their people’s behavior and thinking by brute force, just like Mussolini, Hitler or Stalin. Now a new form of slavery awaited the Spanish nation.
Like a prisoner, who when released after a lifetime of incarceration, suddenly finding himself at liberty is no longer capable of living a free independent life, and longs for the familiar walls that surrounded him wishing to return to their safety where all decisions are made for him, the Spanish blindly stampeded for Brussels and Strasburg into the warm comforting embrace of the EU (Esclavitud Universal).
After the resignation of Carlos Arias Navarro, King Juan Carlos appointed Adolfo Suarez as Prime Minister on the 3rd of July 1976. Following his subsequent election to that post in 1977, Spain immediately applied for membership of the EU and was finally granted it on 1st of January 1986.
The fact that the Spanish people are unaware of what has been done to them is not surprising considering that even a nation such as the British who have a lengthy history of civil and political liberties under a long established democratic system with a tradition of independence from the Continent (none of which the Spanish can claim) were unable to withstand the insidious piece meal destruction of their culture, their values and identity.
What chance did the Spanish have; at least eighty years behind most of the European countries, freshly emerged from under the jack boot; Politically naïve, inexperienced and provincial, foolishly equating getting a vote for democracy and eagerly following the carrot of being catapulted into the `modern world´ and becoming part of the EU.
With the rest of Western Europe already half way down the road to institutionalized Euro slavery, there was no one to warn them of the dangers ahead, except for Margaret Thatcher but not even the English paid heed to her warnings. The temptation was too great to resist and the price was carefully concealed through duplicity and misrepresentation even if they could have understood it.
Each successive EU pawn and party political pygmy from González (who may have been slightly more calculating, but no less dangerous) through Sotelo and Zapatero to the incumbent Rajoy, under-educated and over-privileged clowns, all of them, devoid of any original ideas, nothing but the servile mouthpieces of financiers, have shoved the country further and further up the digestive tract of the European Union.
It is no wonder then that the populace having been robbed of all reason and mental faculties through re-education and the mantras of the left should not be able to think clearly or recognize anything for what it is.
The so called progressives, liberals, socialists and the united left are in fact the architects and thought police of the new camouflaged dictatorships governing the peoples of present day Europe. Unlike the victims of past totalitarian regimes the populations of today are not conscious of their condition as it is not applied physically but intellectually and financially.
This style of neo dictatorship is a two headed Hydra that spans borders and cultures via the European Union. Because of lack of education and understanding, people have been duped into believing that they are living under some kind of liberal democratic freedom and that their decisions are their own, when exactly the opposite is true.
The two heads work in unison. The one, engineering people’s minds by the use of a specially selected vocabulary, to accept that the unbridled and immoral greed which drives corruption on an unimaginable scale (where thousands of billions in annual profits cannot satiate a handful of corporate institutions and banks) is a necessity for existence, that it is for the benefit of society and therefore desirable, albeit at the expense of health, morality, ethics, the environment, and the future.
The other head using a different set of key words and phrases which are constantly repeated over and over again by politicians, the media (in all its ubiquitous forms) and parroted by the ignorant public; democracia, europeos, derechos humanos, estado de derecho, libertad, batter their senses until they actually believe (erroneously) that they know what the words mean and that they reflect a reality where they are progressing towards “A brave new world”.
Through the chanting of incomprehensible slogans made up of interminable meaningless words (multicultural, homophobic, emotional intelligence, human rights, gender specific, politically correct, etc. etc. ad infinitum) the equivalents of “four legs good, two legs bad” all meaning has either been successfully turned on its head or endowed with spurious alternative connotation.
For liberal; read intolerant, dogmatic, censorious, and repressive. For right wing; read conservative, traditional, and independent. For education; read indoctrination, conditioning, training and brain washing. For reactionary ideas; read education, knowledge, understanding and independent thought.
A classic example is political correctness; it is represented as being a progressive, liberal idea, yet under this concept any thought or expression voiced that does not adhere exactly to very specific political views is disallowed and disavowed. This is the hallmark and method of every totalitarian repressive ideology and dictatorship.
Suddenly Aznar, (the first Spanish non provincial politician who understood international relations and geopolitics and whose first concern was not to please the great unwashed but to move Spain out of the closet and onto the world stage) came along, he spoke common sense in clear language and began to re align Spanish foreign policy from one exhibiting an endoscopic quality to one where Spain started to be noticed as a responsible partner in the western world, fulfilling its obligations and lifting the country on to an equal footing with France and Italy, who up till then had treated it as a suppository.
The left, making use of newspeak combined with the exploitation of ingrained national xenophobia, lack of education, deep rooted inferiority complex, and indoctrinated ideas like pro Palestinian and anti Israeli-American sentiment, quickly convinced the clueless Spanish automatons that they were confronted with the devil.
Aznar a conservative was labeled `right wing´ to invoke the understandable distrust that such a false accusation creates in the shallow minds of Spanish voters who lack any concept of what a conservative is and who were only twenty years down the road from a dictatorship. Aznar was not a nationalist but a patriot, two entirely different things that the liberal left has deliberately muddled up in the minds of their Pavlovian populace.
Lacking all political sophistication the people were unable to see that although you may disagree with a politician’s policy or that in spite of not having voted for him, he may nevertheless be working for the benefit of his country and the world and therefore deserves support or at least some respect.
They do not understand the difference between a statesman and a party politician. A real democratic state requires time, various institutions, traditions, and a certain level of political sophistication of its populace. It is not just a cheap philosophy of entitlement with a complete lack of any sense of duty, loyalty, responsibility or sacrifice. True liberty and independence cannot be bought so cheaply.
The Spanish have been in sore need of a real leader for a very long time but they have repeatedly demonstrated that they are very far from and getting further and further away from being ready for one. Rather they exhibit the characteristics of an inpatient on a psychiatric ward suffering from a personality disorder; there is an inherent contradiction in all their actions.
To illustrate just one example of this incoherent behaviour disorder in Spanish society, you can observe how the two headed Hydra, (i.e. the neo Marxist political indoctrination on the one hand and the unbridled consumerist frenzy incited by corporate financial interests on the other hand) is able to create and control contradictory behaviour, in the attitudes and practices of Spanish people; They are taught to hold and express virulent anti American political sentiment while simultaneously adopting totally alien American traditions like Halloween and Thanksgiving which have no place or meaning in Spanish culture, but do serve consumerism.
The only beneficiaries of this hypocritical duplicitous manipulation are the Orwellian, federal liberal totalitarians with sinister political agendas and the equally sinister, self serving, greedy, corporate financiers; the one benefiting politically and the other financially.
The only losers are Spanish culture, Spanish identity, and Spanish independence, in short the Spanish. This is happening not just here in a variety of different ways but in all the European member States. So instead of supporting America in its fight against the retrograde forces of evil and fanaticism (in other words Islamic terrorism) whilst rejecting the vacuous shallow undesirable parts of its cultural consumerism, the exact opposite is achieved.
Spanish people walk around spitting at the sacrifices made in American lives, indulging in cheap anti American rhetoric while at the same time aping the fashions of a black American sub-culture, imitating their life style, junk food and just about everything worthless that the country has to offer.
The European neo Marxist totalitarians, masquerading as freedom loving liberal progressives in order to gain power work hand in hand in an unholy alliance with self serving irresponsible corrupt cynical and greedy corporate bosses. They have habituated the Spanish to hate the truth and to love the lie.
Aznar is deservedly held in high regard outside of Spain, mostly in the English speaking world and in Israel, whereas at home he is mainly despised not so much because he was the head of the PP (Rajoy holds the same position yet has not attracted so much animosity because he is indistinguishable from the other idiots regardless of the party he or they belong to) but because he was different (and by that I mean superior) from the rest.
The collective Spanish political psyche is not mature enough to sustain a real democracy. They live in a fantasy, a nation wide reality show played out in their heads where they interact with a virtual reality, which distracts and lubricates them while they are sodomized intellectually from birth to the grave.
Politically they haven’t got a clue. The sane in Spain are truly on the wane. So when someone like Aznar came along talking about the real world it wasn’t difficult for the puppet masters to convince the masses that they were confronted with Beelzebub, Lucifer, Belial, Devil, Apollyon, Abaddon, Satan, Iblis, Mammon, or any other name for the Antichrist.