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Mattarella, in the speech at the end of the year, the budget of the Settennato and the user manual for the future president of the Republic

Mattarella, in the speech at the end of the year, the budget of the Settennato and the user manual for the future president of the Republic

“In the darkest moments I’ve never felt alone.” Fifteen minutes on foot, as if to give even more sense of that imminent exit that many would like to be postponed. What Sergio Mattarella draws is not a balance sheet, but a sort of user manual for Presidents of the Republic. A deep bond with the institutions and an intense connection with the country have made it possible to preserve “institutional and moral unity” in the difficult years of the pandemic, as well as in those complicated passages through which from the Quirinale Mattarella he had to guide the parties to ensure a government to the country.

The guardian of the Republic

In a shattered political system Mattarella underlines the task of the Head of State when he speaks of a “Republic of unity and solidarity”. This is the main task of the President of the Republic that Mattarella recalls also defining the concept of “patriotism”, which in recent weeks has been at the center of the political debate. Patriot is not the one who wears boxing gloves to defend the country, but the one who guarantees the unity of the country and “the real face of a united and supportive Republic”.

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“The Constitution entrusts the Head of State with the task of representing national unity”, underlines Mattarella who says he was able to fulfill the task also for the “awareness of the link, essential in democracy, that exists between institutions and society”. A user manual that effectively closes every possibility to a second mandate that the Constitution does not provide and that Mattarella does not intend to grant precisely because – albeit not detailed – it is contrary to the spirit of the constituent fathers.

The passage on vaccines

The strongest passage of the speech is on vaccines with a lot of sting on no-vaxes. We “got up”, underlines Mattarella, but it’s not over. Finally, a sort of appeal to young people who are “the present” and not the future of the country. The large excerpts from the letter read by the professor from Ravanusa, Pietro Carmina, represent the synthesis of the constant relationship that Mattarella has had with young people, who have been rewarded and constantly exalted throughout the seventy-year period in their actions of solidarity and civil witness.

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