Re: Democratic caudillo: Saint Francisco Franco
Under Franco, individual democracy was wonderful. I have never lived in a freer land than Franco's Spain! No crime on the streets, no garbage piled up, people were happy and singing. Of course there were a few miscreants and demented hoodlums who longed for porn and depravity. They grumbled in their kitchens and dreamed of Castro's paradise island. But solid universal Christian values have to be rigidly enforced, and Gen. Franco understood this so well. In fact, if I think about him, I wonder why he hasn't been made a saint yet. Also Hank Levin should know by now that I am not in favor of democracy as it is practiced today. I am a Wagnerian, a Nietzschean and a José-Antonian. When ladies cannot walk down the street at night, or illegals sell drugs on the corners, there is no democracy for me. There is also no democracy when plutocrats use the system to rob the working man. Today's pseudo democracies are nothing more than utter chaos. Because Hank Levin has a casita in Spain, I will leave him with these words which perfectly describe my politics: "Ni derecha, ni izquierda; ni capitalismo, ni socialismo: revolución en la manera de vivir!"
RH: My own experience with the Franco regime was less fortunate. A Franciscan friar prepared a Spanish translation of my Hispanic Source Materials in the United States, an academic book which had nothing to do with politics. Some one reported that I had been critical of Franco, and the publication of the book was blocked. It was published when Franco died. However, I commend a revolución en la manera de vivir!
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