Is Francisco Franco still dead?

The People’s Party has won an overwhelming victory in elections in Spain on Sunday. The PP is generally described as “right of center” (on the European scale). The evolution of political parties in Spain has been pretty hard to follow, but the roots of the PP go back to the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, who led the country during the Spanish Civil War, through World War II and up until the mid 1970s.
(the title is a reference to the recurring “news” item on NBC’s Saturday Night Live during the first season)

In times of uncertainty, it is almost always the case people in a State of Fear will rally around a strong leader who promises to restore order if you just trust them with unconstrained power.

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8 Responses to Is Francisco Franco still dead?

  1. JayMar says:

    “El Generalisimo” is very much alive in Spanish politics. People are tired of continued attacks perpetrated by Muslims and Communists (the odd couple) on the Spanish cultural system. It’s about time, really!

    • Art Stone says:

      Italy and Greece just cut out the middlemen and turned the keys over to the banks. Because the term has been so widely misused, what fascism means in reality is widely misunderstood. At least in Spain’s case, it was done through an election process.

      The bond market is not impressed. Spanish debt has almost matched Italy for risk. For reason that aren’t clear yet, 7% seems to be the “point of no return”. Spain had a lot of trouble with its most recent debt auction.

  2. TheChairman says:

    In times of uncertainty, it is almost always the case people in a State of Fear will rally around a strong leader who promises to restore order if you just trust them with unconstrained power.

    Which is PRECISELY what Obama, Democrats, OWS, and the MSM are doing here… inducing economic stagflation, legislative chaos, social agitation and lawlessness, etc.

    The best way to impose a dictatorship is to get the people to ask for it.

  3. The PP was in power on 9/11/2001 and Spain’s strong subsequent support of the U.S. war on terror led in part to socialists taking over in 2004. Now, with Spain’s economy tanking, people quite naturally took the opportunity to send the lefties packing.

  4. Very true that Spain didn’t do as much as Australia or the U.K. to support us, but the socialists played up the PP’s cooperation with U.S. terror fighting efforts in the 2004 election and that was the reason I brought up the subject. It’s good to see that the voters have come to their senses again by giving the left the boot.

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