Álex Sàlmon 07/08/2020
The King receives in audience the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay, Francisco Bustillos (i) together with the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and for Latin America and the Caribbean, Cristina Gallach. JOSE JIMENEZ (CASA DEL REY) (JOSÉ JIMÉNEZ / EFE)
This country needs excuses to talk badly about others. It is the heart of the matter. It requires a face on which to throw all the expletives, insults and smears. Like a catharsis of society. It matters little whether Spain is a monarchy or a republic. There is no respect for institutions. Is fashionable to pester someone. Red or blue. When the season opens, anything goes.
It was fashionable to respect the King when his effort for the democracy we enjoy was valued. The trend now is to demean the past figure of the monarch with the intention of discrediting the institution and what it represents.
In Spain there is an inability to build a State with an institutional sense
In Spain we are not able to understand what the State means. To understand that democratic societies are supported thanks to an organizational construction that supports them. A construction full of errors, of course, but willing to amend them, more or less quickly.
Getting out of the elaborate wicker of Franco’s dictatorship woven throughout 40 years was not easy. Those with official positions in the late 70s and early 80s, remember it. The 40 years were enough to weave a series of very solid and dangerous complicities that, figures like that of the king emeritus, unraveled little by little. All that now seems to have been eliminated at a stroke. We are a country that specializes in resets. Quick deletions, and up! to something else. That is why there is this inability to build a State with an institutional sense. The easy thing is to show your ass.
It happened with Pujol and now with King Juan Carlos. People are one thing and institutions are the other. Catalan nationalists, now independentists, know this well. The corruption of the Pujol family was not that of the Generalitat as an institution. Those of the emeritus are not from the Royal House either. There is no justification either in one or the other, although the first has already completed the investigation phase and in the second there is, for the moment, no judicial investigation.
Many antimonarchists do not know why they are. Other monarchists, either. Or they are unaware of his animosity towards the Republican. All are stereotypes the result of the search for that other where to transfer the disgrace that comes from the stomach.
France is a republic with its problems but an extreme sense of state. An example is the press conference organized annually by the President. All journalists of different fur get up from their chairs at his entrance. Not before man, but before the institution. Of course, the French have five condemned republics since 1873 and their first president was a monarchist. In Catalonia, the portrait of the king, head of state, is hidden by a large curtain in one of the great halls of the Generalitat. It does not matter republic or monarchy. There is always another to justify ignominy.
As always the solution is in the school. But even this comment sounds childish. Of course there is a question that is not for children and denotes a communication failure: where is the king?