The power of ideas

It is false in politics the dichotomy between management and ideas: both are essential for good politics, which solves the problems of citizens and contributes to the progress of societies. And in that conviction he launched Pablo Casado Last February the national convention that yesterday culminated in Valencia its second stage: a deep process of reflection and analysis with broad participation from civil society to design and strengthen the reformist plan of the Popular Party.

More than four hundred analysts and experts and around one hundred civic organizations have participated in the fifty round tables that have been held in these months. They have been joined by the 75 intellectuals and international political leaders who have participated in the convention Itinerant this last week, from Santiago de Compostela to Valencia. We have seen genuine enthusiasm in the debates, the desire to participate and contribute, a great concern for the consequences of the Sánchez government for our country, and a strong conviction that a center-right alternative is necessary to govern Spain. And we have attended a new sample of a very significant change in recent years: the left has lost leadership in the battle of ideas. We saw it first in social networks, we see it now in cultural and social debates, in think tanks, in journalism, in participation in this convention.

We have seen genuine enthusiasm in the discussions, willingness to participate and contribute

The debates have revolved around the five main axes of the ideas of the center right: freedom, nation, rule of law, free market and equal opportunities. Freedom, a fundamental principle of the center right, has generated a huge consensus in the face of the worrying identity and populist currents that affect all democracies. And in the face of authoritarian regimes such as the Venezuelan or Cuban that are justified and supported by the Spanish left. And has led to Mario Vargas Llosa to announce during the convention that he will vote for the PP.

National unity is another fundamental principle of the center right, especially relevant in a country like ours subjected to the permanent questioning of ethnic and exclusive nationalisms, and now with the pacts of the Government of Sánchez with the independentistas and with Bildu. National unity and the autonomous state in an open and pro-European Spain, with a strong constitutional patriotism, and built on an authentically democratic memory that rejects equally all totalitarianisms, including communists that the Spanish left refuses to condemn.

There is no strong democracy without the rule of law, without separation of powers, without strong institutions, without judicial independence, and this axis has constituted another central part of the convention’s work, at a time when the ruling left has established worrying debates between democracy and Justice, with pardons granted against the criteria of the Supreme Court, and refuses to follow the requests of the Council of Europe or the European Comission for the judges to choose the judges. The free market and private property, and equal opportunities and the Welfare State they have been the fourth and fifth axis of the debates. Faced with a left that distrusts the free market and hinders it, the conviction that progress is only compatible with the free market. And also with a Welfare State that ensures equal opportunities and well-being, in education, in health, in pensions.

The convention will end in the Moncloa when the PP wins the elections and Pablo Casado is president, some leaders have said in the debates of the last week. And it is that, in politics, ideas reach all their transforming power when they are put into practice from the institutions. The full of the emblematic bullring of Valencia indicates that Pablo Casado will soon be able to do it from the Government of the nation.

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