A momentary abduction of reason, by Mario Ghibellini

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Although there is an expression that takes it for granted, reason does not come to everyone at a certain age and then accompany them until death or Alzheimer’s do them part. Sometimes it occurs only intermittently throughout life and sometimes it never comes. On certain occasions, finally, it visits people for a single instant, like a flash of lucidity that drags them to self-destruction or simply ends up fading into consciousness, like the memory of a bad dream.

Something like this is what has happened to Professor Castillo this week. The president is not, by the way, the Creole version of Lewis Carroll’s Mad Hatter or anything like that, but rather a fairly ordinary and predictable man. But he inhabits a universe where those around him tell him he’s about to do great things, and he believes it. And if we add to this the fact that he tends to believe the conspiracy theories that suggest that the lack of achievements of his administration is the result of sabotage by the political sectors that until now do not accept his electoral victory, it is clear that his vision of the government he heads does not have roots that tie it very firmly to reality.

This week, however, he was the subject of a rapture of reason that cannot be ignored.

–Another price–

During the greeting that, for the New Year, he dedicated to different religious leaders in the halls of the Palace, a voice that did not seem to be his suddenly emerged from the throat of the head of state and modulated a speech that has produced astonishment and confusion. .

“These months that have passed have served as a lesson for us; we have learned things that did not even cross our minds,” he said. And after a pause, he added: “Outside one has great illusions and when one is inside, things are different”. “Someone from our family environment told us: in Peru it is so easy to be a candidate and become president… governing is the difference!” , that the experience had indeed had something religious about it.

What had that been? An admission of the improvisation and irresponsibility with which he had tempted power? A ‘mea culpa’ before the vicars of the Supreme Judge? Or a warning to his voters that they were getting the idea that the promises he had made to them during the campaign would go down in history as a tribute to his infinite candor?

Come on, the mere circumstance that the head of state put together a series of sentences in which the word ‘people’ did not sprout like a weed was unusual, but that he spoke of a lesson – that is, of a sobering punishment received by some or many faults committed – already bordered on the inconceivable. Even if the message simply sought to communicate that running for the Presidency can be a ‘pichanga’, but governing is ‘another price’, hearing it from the mouth of such an accomplished escapist from the miseries of this administration was a disconcerting trance.

Had the president understood, in effect, that the official appointments of characters with a deplorable reputation or lack of preparation for the position they were to hold was a nameless nonsense? Had he finally realized that insisting on the constituent’s baton frightened off more investors than the unmasked rants of his Minister of the Economy? Had a sudden illumination shown him the pernicious consequences of leaving his Cabinet members hanging by the brush when they had conflicts with some subordinate whom he had decided to empower on the low? In short, was this the prelude to the change in the style of government promised by the prophecies of those who have interviewed him alone?

Various members of the decorative opposition and not a few commentators on current politics have wanted to believe so. But in this small column we keep our skepticism intact. Just as a swallow does not make a summer, a brief awakening from the detailed delusion that someone has imposed on himself to justify his vileness does not in any way inaugurate the era of good judgment.

-All the ways-

To confirm that, in reality, everything remains the same, here are some renewed samples of Professor Castillo’s imprint on this government. Like, for example, the appointment of Daniel Salaverry as president of Peru-Petro or the Executive’s observation of the Congress initiative that reiterates the constitutional limits to referendums (such as the one that the ruling party would like to carry out to force the convening of a constituent ) or the orphanhood in which the Minister of the Interior, Avelino Guillén, has been left facing the Commander General of the PNP and his disturbing assignments of positions among the high-ranking police officers.

What happened this week in the Palace was an abduction of reason or lucidity that momentarily affected the president and then gave way to the usual darkness of the Sarratea passage. Because if one closely follows the behavior of the president, one quickly understands that, in his case, all roads lead to Breña.

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