Elections in Brazil have never been pretty. Both sides resort to dirty tactics to convince the mostly innocent and often ignorant electorate to vote for them, including free bikes, food, parties, and unkeepable promises. The outside world seems oblivious of the real dynamics of political elections in Brazil, only considering the end-results.
This election was the most violent and dirty of them all. False accusations, horrifying name calling and finger pointing. The candidates actually seemed to forget the entire purpose of pre-election discussions and broadcasts and bickered for weeks while the Brazilian population watched, amused or saddened…depending. After a near-loss in the first round, Lula decided to ignore Dilma´s advisers and took the spotlight with both hands, appearing in campaign ads on TV and print saying things like, “vote for growth or vote for the past”, instead of being president for a confused country.
I don´t know if Lula was good or bad for Brazil because I know nothing about politics. What I do know is that some poor states survive solely on the Bolsa Familia and Pension payments from the government (funded by the the real Brazilian middle class), that the so-called new middle class is nothing more than poor people with more access to credit, resulting in historically high default rates, and that this new middle class does not consider itself middle class at all. They don´t understand or agree with Lula´s statements or know or care what he does or does not do. Lula is a symbol of Latin American politics, of the repressed, of the ignored…. much like his neighboring counterparts. Lula is a revolution.
There is only one bottom line. Dilma will serve her 4 years and Lula will return for another 8. Dilma is not real, but an illusion. Lula has no intention of passing his crown to anyone for more than 4 years. And that is the ugliest part of this election.
Good things have come from all this. Intelligent blogs and communities where people can vent their political frustrations, feel a part of a strong and very real opposition, where a love for a country is evident. Love for Brazil.
I hate ugliness and am in mourning like millions of other Brazilians. It has nothing to do with Dilma. It is about allowing absolute power to someone, anyone. Absolute power is always very ugly.
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Let´s hope it all works out and Brazil “continues growing.”