For the last four years, change has been in the air in Spain, following the election of Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, leader of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party. And thanks to his reelection in March of this year, we can look forward to more of the same.
There have been abrupt changes to the very structure of the government: new statutes regarding regional autonomy that recognize the “national” character of Spain’s regions, thereby weakening the unity of the country.
There has been a radical shift in Spain’s antiterrorist policy: In the name of the “peace process,” the political spokesmen of terrorism have returned to public life, while victims of terrorism are being harassed by the authorities and pressure is being brought to bear on judges.
Change has come to our civic morality as well, through the legalization of homosexual “marriage,” legislation in favor of transsexuals, and the adoption of fast-track divorce laws. Abortion laws are being amended to bring Spain closer to abortion on demand, euthanasia is being advocated, and embryonic stem-cell research is being promoted.
We now have a party line to tow with regard to our interpretation of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). “Historical memory” is now skewed in favor of the Republican (leftist) side of the conflict.