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Editorial

The Message of the May 26 Elections

There is no precedent in the recent political history of Greece for what happened in the May 26 elections.

On the one hand, the citizens turned away from the demagogues, and the failed political theories about the organization of man’s life and the means of production that have plagued the country for years.

And on the other hand, Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ emergence as the new, undisputed leader of his party and, on the basis of today’s facts, one who will also lead the country after national elections are held on July 7.

The magnitude of the difference in the election returns between Mitsotakis and Tsipras is a surprise. While the impression that Mr. Mitsotakis would win the election was widespread, there were few who believed that the difference between them would be over 7%. And even fewer believed it would approach 10%.

That the difference was so great is a personal victory for Kyriakos Mitsotakis – more accurately the results are a real triumph that will lead to him to put his seal on the future of the country.

At the same time, however, it was – and I want to emphasize this – a great victory for the Greek people.

To call things by their real name, it is a fact that our faith in the citizenry’s critical faculties has been sorely tested in recent years. And I must add, rightly so.

Yet, in the May 26 elections, the Greek people demonstrated maturity and exceptional judgment.

While other European peoples turned in dead-end directions, the Greek people shut their ears to the siren songs of demagogy, and chose to entrust the future of the country to a leader who is ready to lead, a leader who looks forward, not backwards.

After all, it is clear that Mr. Tsipras had encroached upon the dignity of the people, in particular, the retirees, essentially offering them bribes through the so-called 13th pension payment – literally at the last minute. It was an unprecedented insult to the intelligence and dignity of the people.

And while he may have won the votes of a small percentage of retired people thanks to this gift, their turnaround was not enough to save him.

The same fate befell all his attempts to win votes through fear mongering in the form of claiming that Mr. Mitsotakis would further cut their pensions, force people to work “7 days a week,” that he would take a turn to the “extreme right,” and much more.

Among his worst deeds was an act that is particularly damaging and dangerous for the country… the resurrection of the communist leader Aris Velouchiotis and the other ghosts of the Civil War.

That is how desperate Mr. Tsipras was!

The New Democracy party had struggled with infighting for many years.

But after the triumph of Kyriakos Mitsotakis, this danger has disappeared.

The people have spoken, and there is no more room for anyone to challenge him.

And so, undoubtedly he will be able to choose the Parliamentary Group that suits him, the one he needs to implement his plan for a New Greece – a Greece of tomorrow.

It also seems likely  that our Church in America – under the leadership of the new Archbishop Elpidophoros – is entering a period of reform and rejuvenation.

It seems that Greece, under the leadership of Kyriakos Mitsotakis, will enter a similar and parallel period.

And this combination, along with closer cooperation between Greece and the Greek-American Community, will yield positive results for both.

It’about time.

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