the former president Jose Sarney (MDB), who ruled Brazil from 1985 to 1990, released this Monday a text in which he declared his vote for the former president Lula (PT), in the second round against the president Jair Bolsonaro (PL). According to the emedebista, the difference between the two “is clear” and the choice for the PT is for democracy, while the reelection of the current head of the Executive would be for the end of it and against the institutions.
“Next Sunday, voters will decide whether to vote for the end of democracy or for its restoration. This vote is not for four years of government: it is a vote for the destiny of Brazil”, wrote Sarney, in an article published on his official website.
“The vote for Bolsonaro is a vote against the institutions, which will result in years of autocracy, a regime of force, built on systematic lies and the abuse of power. The vote for Lula — who already has his place in the history of Brazil as the person who led the people to power and as responsible for two excellent governments — is a vote for democracy, for the return to the alternation of power regime, for the search for the Welfare State. Being Social. The difference is clear”, explained the 92-year-old former president.
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Vote for Democracy
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When, in January 1985, Tancredo Neves and I were elected by a great agreement of society, we had a very clear commitment: the transition to democracy. After the election, in the space provided by the Fundação Getúlio Vargas, the details and tasks began to be detailed. Before January, the task was not only impossible because we did not have real data on the functioning of the government, but above all because the dimension of what would be decided in the election was political and institutional, at a higher level of decision: the Democratic State of Law, the future of the Nation.
We are currently in a situation that has similar challenges. Dysfunctions of Powers happened from time to time, but the systematic attack of the Executive against the Judiciary was rarely seen. Now, guardian of the Constitution, the Federal Supreme Court has become, over the generations, the point of balance of our political system. Floriano Peixoto’s contempt, in the early days of the Republic; the intervention of Getúlio Vargas, accompanying the European concentration states; the military regime, manipulating its composition to control it, were brief moments, inglorious records of dark times. Since the democratic transition, the Supreme Court has established itself as the most important symbol of the Brazilian State, as it is mainly responsible for defending what our Constitution has to offer: the guarantee of rights – individual, collective, diffuse, social.
The current “secret” contract between the Executive and the Legislative, set at gigantic amounts given the meager resources of the Republic Budget, is a privileged field for hidden interests. The minority, crushed in a way that had not been seen since the beginning of the Empire – I remember that in periods of exception there is no majority or minority -, its only defense is to appeal to the Judiciary to do what is not its function and interfere in the functioning of the National Congress.
A dark aspect of political movements is their globalization. Since antiquity, the structures of nations assume parallel forms. An example is the proximity of the figures of Trump, Orbán, Putin, Bolsonaro. One of its hallmarks is the proliferation of fake news. Others are xenophobia, racism, the division of society. This is how the northeast, the poor, are now hostile, as if they were inferior Brazilians. This violates all democratic and even ethical principles. It is the war against democracy, the demos, the people.
Next Sunday, voters will decide whether to vote for the end of democracy or for its restoration. This vote is not for four years of government: it is a vote for the destiny of Brazil. The vote for Bolsonaro is a vote against the institutions, which will result in years of autocracy, a regime of force, built on systematic lies and the abuse of power. The vote for Lula — who already has his place in the history of Brazil as the person who led the people to power and as responsible for two excellent governments — is a vote for democracy, for the return to the alternation of power regime, for the search for the Welfare State. Being Social. The difference is clear.
In the same spirit as those who built the Democratic Alliance around Tancredo Neves, bringing together a broad spectrum of public figures, we now gather around President Lula the most responsible men in the country to form a new union for democracy. It is hope that summons us.
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