In our society we are witnessing a constant emptying of the meaning of many words, often in order to manipulate consciences.
One of the terms that have become more ambiguous in politics is what we call "right." Some people often tell us that we should try to unite the "right" or the "centre-right", and that sounds very good. But the question we must ask ourselves when this question is raised is: and what do we call "right"? I say this because for some time now some have included in that bag politicians and the media who defend approaches that are indistinguishable from the dogmas of the left, such as the defense of abortion, gender ideology and the renunciation of our national sovereignty in favor of increasingly less democratic international organizations.
In fact, there are parties that declare themselves "centrist" and that now only remember the word "right" when asking for the vote. Basically,they want left-wing voters to support them because of their ideas and right-wing voters to support them because of their initials, as is the case with the PP in Spain.
The one on the right is not a unique case. Sometimes they also talk to us about so-called "conservatives" who in reality are not, indiscriminately identifying with that term all those who are not likely to be labeled "progressive", although in reality they adopt their own approaches from the left. Worse still is the case of the term "liberal" (understood as classical liberal), which has become a drawer in which everything fits and is used without modesty by many who support anti-liberal recipes that violate fundamental rights such as freedom of expression. education and religious freedom.
Obviously, the use of political labels can serve as a guide, but it should not lead us to accept being given a poke in a poke. Calling a party that defends abortion or gender ideology "right" simply because the party itself implies so, it would be as absurd as believing that the German Democratic Republic was really a democratic country, when in truth it was a brutal communist dictatorship.
In these times when relativism confuses everything we must make an effort not to be fooled by the manipulation of certain words. And at the same time, we must bear in mind that sometimes the content is more important than the labels. Being from the right and declaring myself a conservative-liberal, I would feel more in tune with a socialist who rejects abortion than with a supposed conservative who supports that atrocity. Similarly, I would feel more in tune with a traditionalist who respects and defends fundamental rights than with a supposed "liberal" who supports abortion and the laws that serve to impose gender ideology.
In the same way, I consider myself a patriot, but I don't simply feel related to anyone who declares himself that way, especially if, for example, that patriot supports Russia violating the sovereignty of an independent country like Ukraine. In the same way, being an anti-communist does not make me sympathize even remotely with fascists or Nazis who also use that label, and who defend ideas as far removed from my views as communist ideas are.
In short: we must start paying more attention to principles, ideas and proposals than to labels. If we don't, we run the risk of being used, misled and betrayed as Some politicians, parties and the media have already done so many times.
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