Brazil: Reasons NOT to impeach a president

Following my last post, I decided to follow up. Just to clarify the matter, President Dilma Rousseff impeachment are allegations of accounting tricks that broke budget laws and allowed her to spend more to boost the economy during last year’s re-election campaign, also knows as “back-peddling”.

But, some people have other ideas why Dilma should be impeached.

These are some of recurring themes within the comments, not only in my blog post but in Brazilian and other news sites. Here is what a put together:

Dilma ruined the Brazil’s economy, the GDP is down and unemployment rates are all time right, so she should go” / “It’s all because of her bad management”:

Indeed, the Brazil’s GDP decreased and the labour market started to suffer too. I’m really sorry to hear my country is having one of the worst recessions. However, Dilma Rousseff was elected with 54 million votes – democratically in a direct election. This argument alone is not enough to impeach a president. That’s why we have elections every four years, so if you don’t like her better vote for someone else next election. That’s how democracy works.

Nobody likes Dilma, she should go” – Same as above. I don’t want to sound patronizing, you can’t simply impeach a president just because their popularity is low. If you never liked her, or if you don’t like her any more – then again, you should wait 4 years for for the next election.

The president impeachment is going to end corruption in Brazil”: –Well, that’s unlikely. Of the 594 congress members 352 face accusations of criminal wrong doing.

In this excellent interview to CNN, journalist Glenn Greenwald explains: “The most surreal thing I’ve seen in my time as journalist covering politics and countries, was the person presiding the impeachment procedings in the lower house of congress, Eduardo Cunha, he was someone that was found to have stashed away million of dollars in bribes in Swiss banks accounts”.

Here is the full interview.

This is a bonus quote I decided to include in the post

Well, sorry she was tortured [during the military regime] but what she has done to Brazil was much worse / she (and The Worker’s Party) tortured the country” – Wait, what? Are we really going down this road?

When I read this article about Dilma’s response to congressman Jair Bolsanaro’smention of one of Dilma’s tortures during his vote pro-impeachment. I simply couldn’t believe my eyes.

The comment section was flooded with this type of analogy. And doesn’t stop there. Some comments implied she deserved to be tortured. One particular comment mentions that “The torture in the military regimen was nothing more than a corrective process for those doing wrong things”

If this is not an apology for torture, I don’t know what is. But perhaps, this is a theme for another article.

Photo: El Pais – Dilma cycles through Brasilia

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