Terminus Station

Author: Dr. Joan Carretero, President RCAT

Source: LA VEU  num. 17 (july-august 2012)

The so called “democratic transition” in Spain, so praised by many, included among other things the systematic oblivion of the former dicatatorship, the page turning  of the intended extermination of the Catalan language and culture or the acceptation of making no difference between Franco-ists and democratic politicians (including  such  relevant and ominous cases as MM  Manuel Fraga Iribarne or Juan Antonio Samaranch, both exfalangists). There were also, as always, winners and losers.  Certainly, as it has been for such a long time, Catalonia was the greatest loser of all.

Our misfortune was due, once more,  to the lack of patriotism  on the leftist  Catalan side, so “modern” and “progre”(ssive) as to always minimize, on behalf of the great universal values, Catalonia’s national interests -even to the point of ignoring or disapproving  them-  by denying  our national singularity and historical rights, by refusing our own treasury and by trying always to serve and help Spain first. The political rightist centre, on their side, quite schizophrenic in trying to unite folkloric regionalism to committed patriotism, were quite happy with that Spanish “coffee for all” invention (autonomy for all regions) which was, in our case, quite decaffeinate since they renounced to have a separate treasury because they thought it was an old fashioned thing and besides collecting taxes was for them too risky and unpopular. They used, though, the obvious disdain to Catalonia as a source of permanent complaint and vindication in order to obtain from time to time some political improvements whenever the occasion arose.  It must be said that among all the parties who entered the political institutions at that time only ERC, leaded  by Mr. Heribert Barrera, was to keep its dignity and did never accept this situation of weakness, this lack of resistance towards the Spanish State.

After long years of so many deceptions, abdications, of unreal federalism and fitting together theories, of trying best funding methods, new autonomous Bills and shields of competences,  of judicial sentences and  fiscal agreements, we have finally arrived,  in a quite sudden way, to the end of the journey, to the station where the train stops and the voyagers must decide on the way to take next.

We, Catalan citizens, must now decide what kind of present and future we want for ourselves considering that  we only have two different possible options:  the four-provinces Catalonia, financially, culturally and nationally suffocated, strangled with all its possible power by a hostile State; or an independent Catalonia, a free newborn State,  that will lead its own destiny, will help their citizens and companies, will take care of its own language and culture, that will have access, in short,  to the normal status of so many other nations all over the world. The present economic crisis, being so hard in Spain, has smashed the post-transition political situation. There is no time left for any euphemisms nor delays, nor fictions nor decorations. It’s time for the Catalan citizens to choose as political adults.

Fear only brings more fear and the call for prudence, still made by some at this moment,sounds like treason.Our nation is nowadays like a patient almost in agony; urgent action must be taken and the usual old remedies from grandma won’t be useful anymore. We must put our heads up and rise our knees from the ground, it is for our generation to decide either to accept the vanishing of the Catalan nation or to  take enough courage and dignity as to give a country of excellence to our grandchildren. And that means, in western Europe, giving political strength and parliamentary representation to those groups that are, seriously enough, claiming and seeking for Catalonia’s independence.