At Valencia’s III Forum #IDEASFAES Aznar: “It's time to defend the Constitution from those who want to break the Spanish nation”

    _ “The Constitution has met the most demanding expectations we could have had 40 years ago”

    _ “Who discredits the Constitution? Those who have never contributed anything to the coexistence of Spaniards”

    _ The reality is that, within the big lie that sustains this populist and extreme left, their lies about the Constitution are particularly obscure and morally murky”

    _ “Politics has to come on stage to articulate a national agenda [...]. Our first demand should be to rescue it from discredit”

    _ “What happens in Spain is very difficult to explain”

    _ “How can a government represent general interests if it exists thanks to those who want to break Spain and to a party that makes sectarianism its electoral claim?”

    _ “There is a clear social and political majority that is not about to continue with this surreal but dangerous extravagance”

    _ “This majority demands a shared proposal for the future, moderate, and emphatically firm in the coexistence and continuity of the Nation and the State”

    _ “That majority is faced with more complex problems, but again today it rejects the rupture because it wants real reforms”

    _ “Those who currently have the responsibility of giving continuity to the great historical achievement of the Constitution must be able to do so”

     

The former President of the Government and current President of FAES, José María Aznar, claimed: “it is time to defend the Constitution from those who want to break its foundation, the Spanish Nation, and also to defend it from those who are determined to subject it to a settling of scores.” “The Constitution has fulfilled the most demanding expectations that we could have had forty years ago,” he assured, stressing that “those who are determined to discredit it are those who have never contributed anything to the coexistence of Spaniards.”

“What is happening in Spain is very difficult to explain,” pointed out Aznar during his speech at Valencia’s III Forum #IDEASFAES. “How can a government represent general interests if it exists thanks to those who want to break Spain and to a party that makes sectarianism its electoral claim?”, he asked. Faced with this, he added: “there is a clear social and political majority that is not about to continue with this surreal but dangerous extravagance; a majority that demands a shared proposal for the future, moderate, and emphatically firm in the democratic coexistence and continuity of the Nation and the State.”

For the former president of the Government, “politics has to enter the scene to articulate a national agenda that concentrates attention and efforts. When talking about politics, our first demand should be to rescue it from the discredit and sterility of those who have presented themselves as alternatives and have remained in extravagance.”

40th Anniversary of the Constitution

According to José María Aznar, the 40th anniversary of the Constitution is an appropriate moment for reflection and balance. “It is the right moment to defend the Constitution from those who want to break its foundation, the Spanish Nation, and also to defend it from those who are determined to subject it to a settling of scores, to defend it against all those who believe it possible, 40 years later, to discharge their frustration on a Constitution in which Spaniards opted for reform rather than rupture, for integration rather than exclusion, for reconciliation rather than confrontation; for the bloodless struggle under democracy rather than for the painful angish of the two Spans,” he claimed.

In his opinion, “these people want to submit the Constitution to their revisionist eagerness, making it clear that the Constitution is the problem instead of the solution. But what is certain is that the Constitution has fulfilled the most demanding expectations that we could have had forty years ago.” “We wanted a peaceful and genuine transition to democracy and we had it. We aspired to be part of the European project and we have done so. We sought the transformation of the State in order to allow for a constructive relationship between unity and diversity, and the State was transformed towards a practically unique decentralisation in Europe,” Aznar stated.

“It is curious,” he added. “Who is determined to discredit the Constitution? Those who have never contributed anything to the coexistence between Spaniards; those who preach antagonism and civil confrontation; those who still praise ETA and its political accomplices because they were the only ones who did not enter the field of the democratic game that the Constitution made possible. The reality is that, within the great lie that sustains this populist and extreme left, their lies about the Constitution are particularly dark and morally turbid; they deny the efforts of the Spanish society and despise generosity, farsightedness and the will to overcome the past thanks to which they can live in freedom today, stand for election and discredit the Constitution that protects them.”

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