11 May 2015 ~ 0 Comentarios

Elections in Spain
Pablo Iglesias and the time to hurl the stones

by Carlos Alberto Montaner

Pablo Iglesias

The Center for Sociological Research (CIS) in Madrid says that the Popular Party and the PSOE [Socialist Workers Party] are losing a large percentage of their voters. That was predictable, following the corruption scandals. Fortunately, however, it seems that the neocommunists of Podemos will gather only about 15 percent of the votes in the May 24 partial elections.

Pablo Iglesias, the leader of Podemos, sensed that. That is why, reportedly, he was happy when ideologist Juan Carlos Monedero, an incorrigible Chavist, abandoned the group’s leadership. He was much too outspoken. His Guevara beret was much too visible. Those features are best concealed.

Consequently, Podemos has submitted a government program that is much more moderate than anticipated. The change in attitude comes not because Pablo Iglesias and his comrades have admitted that their economic proposals were a ruinous idiocy that would plunge Spain into disaster (something that doesn’t bother them) but because the elections are near and the great majority of Spaniards do not back radical positions that go against the system.

When voters are asked where they placed themselves on a scale from 0 to 10, where 0 is the extreme left and 10 the extreme right, 75 percent of them placed themselves in the center, between 4 and 7. In other words, in a range that goes from the traditional positions of the center-left to those of the center-right, until now occupied by the PSOE and the Popular Party.

That means that the votes are in that zone of the electorate, and Pablo Iglesias and Podemos are going after them disguised as moderates. Naturally, to believe them would be a demented act. The real Pablo Iglesias is not the man who today dresses as something else but the one who envies the Venezuelan madhouse and suggests clumsily, as he did on Caracas’ official TV, that he would like for Spain something similar to what he and his associates helped create in that wretched country.

In Latin America they say that “he who was scalded with hot milk cries when he sees a cow.” That milk has scalded us before. Fidel Castro insisted that he repudiated communism and that he would hold multiparty elections 18 months after coming to power. That happened no less than 56 years ago. Later on, he clarified that contradiction: he stated that he had been a Marxist-Leninist since youth and that he would die as one. He concealed that fact so he could seize the government.

The communists allow free elections, that liberal contraption, when they have no alternative, but as soon as they can they cancel them and turn to the model of a single party and a total absence of freedoms. The system of truncheon, jail cell and firing squad is the one they prefer. It has been thus throughout history.

Before the first elections in 1988, a movingly humble Chávez told journalist Jorge Ramos of Univisión that the was an authentic democrat and that he would remain in power for only one presidential term. He even described the Castro brothers’ government as a dictatorship.

It was all a smoke curtain. From the moment he assumed the presidency, he feverishly engaged in creating a collectivist tyranny, using the populist resources of patronage bankrolled by a river of petrodollars.

As could be expected, with that policy Chávez cruelly demolished the country in 15 years, and the reason he’s no longer at Miraflores Palace is that he was stupid enough to have his cancer treated in Cuba, instead of the United States, Brazil or Spain itself.

However, when that phony pre-electoral democrat reached the presidency, one of the first barbarities he committed was to write a revealing letter to the murderous Iván Ilich Ramírez, the Jackal, a Venezuelan terrorist trained in Cuba and captured in France for his multiple crimes.

The letter shows the opportunism of Chavists from the very first paragraph, which is in fact quite ridiculous. It says:

“Swimming in the depths of your supportive letter, I could sense a bit your thoughts and feelings. For everything there is a time: to pile up the stones or to throw them, […] to fan the revolution or to ignore it; to move forward dialectically, bringing together what needs to be brought together among the struggling classes, or propitiating confrontation among them, following the theory of Iván Ilich Ulyanov. A time to struggle for ideals and a time not to, but to evaluate one’s own struggle. […] A time of opportunity, of fine sagacity and instinctive watchfulness, to reach the propitious psychological moment when Ariadne, vested with the law, weaves the thread that will allow us to exit from the labyrinth.”

Mr. Pablo Iglesias, an avowed Chavist, is at the stage of piling up the stones. Later on, if he fools the Spaniards and wins the election, he will find the moment to hurl them. Let’s hope that that never happens.

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