The Republican People's Party (CHP) has completed its congress. They named the congress “Democracy, change and brotherhood,” yet the only change they made was in the caucus. Winning the general presidency without a rival, CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu's PM election list was full of gaps. He could only add 29 names to the list. The CHP leader has hard times ahead.
Besides, the passionless and emotionless congress showed that the CHP has nothing new to offer Turkey. “ The same old story.”
Stating the prejudices against the CHP under five headings, Kılıçdaroğlu was far from being able to sincerely criticize his party. He could not draw a vision for Turkey but he should have set goals for the CHP. He could not even do that.
Well, what happened at the CHP congress? Insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Waiting hand and foot on pro-coup leader Kenan Evren, they chose to insult the president elected by 52 percent of the population.
I do not remember the days of İsmet Pasha and Adnan Menderes. Having started my career in 1984, I had the chance to follow prominent politicians Süleyman Demirel, Bülent Ecevit, Necmettin Erbakan and Alparslan Türkeş. New generations probably do not know Turgut Özal, Mesut Yılmaz, Tansu Çiller, Deniz Baykal. We have even listened to Turgut Sunalp and Necdet Calp. But I have not seen anyone like Kılıçdaroğlu, Bahçeli or Demirtaş in terms of defamation.
Former leaders said many things about each other. In fact, at times they did not even greet each other at funerals. Yet, there was one thing they did not do. They never used each other's wives, children, families and honors during their arguments. Kılıçdaroğlu broke the rule.
The CHP leader razed the “positive opposition” image, he had gained going into the June 7 elections, to the ground. Positive opposition went, leaving its place to foul politics. The CHP leader discredited its “positive politics” image with the abusive opposition it adopted.
As he criticizes Erdoğan, he reminds of the “honor and dignity” expression in the Presidency oath. Stop it, Kemal. Someone might just get up and remind you of the “I vow on my honor and dignity before the exalted Turkish people” in the parliamentarian oath. The old people would say, “Your attitude determines your altitude.” You should not say what you do not want to hear.
The president is a symbol of the Turkish Republic's unity and integrity. Süleyman Demirel criticized President Turgut Özal for supporting Turkey's alliance with the US to invade Iraq by saying, “The government is on an exceptionally wrongful path. It is making an error. It is in betrayal. Upon Demirel's words, he claimed TL 500 million for damages. Demirel lost the case. He had to pay Özal TL 10 million in damages. The same Demirel said, “ I am happy I lost this case. The court determined that the Presidential office was not in error and betrayal.”
President Erdoğan filed a claim of TL 100,000 in damages from Kılıçdaroğlu. Let's see what Kılıçdaroğlu says once the case is finalized.
Ekrem Pakdemirli, the vice president of Motherland Party (ANAP), insulted Demirel when he became president, saying “Liar, maligner, fat, bigoted, politically disabled man in Çankaya.” He was sentenced to pay TL 83, 000 in damages. Please take note that they did not use words like “dignity or honor.”
I have always been curious. Why does the CHP mentality always oppose leaders the public favors? They hated Menderes. They hated him to the extent of staging a coup, toppling him, torturing him in Yassıada, executing him and even asking for the expenses of the rope they used to hang him.
They used to call Menderes a dictator. They called the prime minister who was elected by the people a dictator. Who were the ones who called him dictator? National Chief İsmet İnönü and the party, the People's Party (HP), which governed the state with a one-party mentality for 27 years. Governors were the provincial heads of the HP. Deputies would be chosen representatives of cities they had never been to. The judges of the independence courts were even CHP representatives.
A party with Dersim, Independence Tribunals and executions in its history, ironically, was calling Menderes a dictator.
Özal was a true revolutionist. He removed clauses 141, 142 and 163, opened the Kurdish issue for discussion, ended the state of siege and changed the mentality of Turkey.
Özal was an unyielding innovator waging war on status quo. Turkey was freed from many prohibitions thanks to him. The CHP mentality hated Özal too. They called him a dictator as well.
This mentality continues to hate. This time it is Erdoğan's turn to be hated. Erdoğan contributed greatly to Turkey's change, transformation and development. He ended military domination, contributed to the EU phase, fought Ergenekon and the Kurdish issue. He enabled hijabi women to become deputies and ministers in Parliament, allowed Quran classes to be offered in schools, changed the uninterrupted eight-year education system, ended the Protocol on Cooperation for Security and Public Order (EMASYA) plan, removed act 35 which was used as justification for military coups. He enabled pro-coup individuals to be tried.
The CHP mentality was not happy with the people's choice. They despised everyone the people welcomed.
The reason for Kılıçdaroğlu, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli and Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş attacking Erdoğan in alliance is rather evident.
Erdoğan was the leader who uplifted the nation's values. He became an example for the mighty leader the people had been missing since the Ottomans. He became hope, not only for Turkey but the Muslim world too. He became the courageous voice of the despised, ill- treated, invaded Muslim world.
Yusuf of Gaza, Muhammad of Bosnia, Yaqub of Myanmar all know that there is a leader named Erdoğan who will watch out for them.
This gives him strength and hope.
Therefore, Erdoğan represents a meaning.
He is the leader of a mission.
Their hatred of Erdoğan is not merely based on political competition.
They oppose the mission Erdoğan represents.
They oppose the people who support Erdoğan.
They oppose the Muslim world that sees Erdoğan as their leader.
Causing Erdoğan to stumble means to shatter the mission he serves, thus they are attacking him.
This is why they wanted to topple Erdoğan during the April 27 memorandum, the February 7 intelligence crisis, the Gezi Park incidents, and the December 17 and December 25 coup attempts.