Tuesday, October 5, 2010
MM Video: Remember Portugal
It was on this day in 1910 that the Republic of Portugal was officially proclaimed, HM King Manuel II having been driven into exile the day previous. Thus, it was on October 5 that legitimate government effectively ended in Portugal. It saw the birth of the republican usurper state which was also, in the opening years, a single-party effective dictatorship under the Portuguese Republican Party (later the National Republican Party). Although there were efforts, most strongly in 1912, to restore the monarchy, led by such heroes as the recently covered “Paladin” of Portugal, none were to be ultimately successful. A restoration was planned by the corporatist “New State” under Salazar but never came to fruition. There had, of course, been problems in the period of the late kingdom but the change to a republic certainly brought no improvements and within the first ten years of its existence the republic was rocked by civil war following Portuguese involvement in World War I which cost many lives and gained the country nothing but a small patch of worthless land in Africa. The last one hundred years of illegitimate republic rule have been an almost continuous downward spiral for Portugal.
What has the republic ever done to inspire pride and patriotism? The Kingdom of Portugal fought for independence against the Moors, became a beacon of exploration, blazed a trail for others to follow all around the world, discovered the Cape of Good Hope, a sea route to India, first visited Japan and opened Europe up to the possibilities of a wider, bigger world. That was the glorious history embodied in the Kings of Portugal. That is what the republic turns its back on. There is absolutely nothing wrong with aspiring to greatness and Portugal should be proud of her history but put that pride into action. Portugal was great once, it can be great again and the most significant symbol for such a change in attitude and a new era to restore that greatness would be the renunciation of the unjust and illegitimate republic and the restoration of the Portuguese monarchy. Viva Portugal!