Publicado el 07-07-2012
Civism in the Vocabulary
of Those who Govern
When politicians or rulers express themselves violently with respect to their adversaries, we should bear in mind that this represents a serious danger, because the leaders of political parties or those who are in power should basically observe a prudent conduct, if there is really civic concern about the public life of those who lead society or the government.
The heads of parties or of the government have the civic and political duty to uphold certain substantial values in their activities. Of course, those who head the government have the duty to be more careful in the sense of avoiding insults that not only hurt the persons who are being insulted but also the standing of the one uttering the insults. At all times, rulers have the duty to surround their office with moral prestige offering an example of level-headedness to their country. There are cases when extreme vocabulary is used that discredit not only the user but also, in some way, the country itself, taking into consideration the position of the one using those inappropriate words. There is serious risk that this might mark the beginning of an increase in verbal violence. Furthermore, it should be taken into consideration that rulers have numerous resources at their disposal to spread what could be considered as demagogic outbursts and lack of civism and civility, absence of good manners.
Civism and civility, as well as everything that is considered good manners, should not be absent from the conduct of those who govern, and even less when they have the opportunity to express their ideas through long programs on state-controlled television. Those who rule have the duty of not discrediting the institutions that they represent. And society in general must demand from them that they abstain from insults or gross vocabulary that not only discredits the one speaking but also society as a whole, the country itself.
Democracy must not be confused with demagoguery, and even less with the use and abuse of gross