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~Political Genius~

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by dik.n.ur.ear, May 11, 2003.

  1. dik.n.ur.ear

    dik.n.ur.ear Senior Member

    Joined: Jan 5, 2001 Messages: 1,556 Likes Received: 0
    this is really the most amazing sounding political figure i have read about in quite some time...i apologize if someone has already posted this, but i think this type of thought should be viewed as much as possible.

    Jan 31, 2003 Los Angeles Weekly
    Dissonance - The Real Thing
    By Marc Cooper LA Weekly Writer

    PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil — It’s hard not to be moved — deeply moved — when you
    hear Brazil’s new president speak. And even harder not to be downright
    jarred by the realization — by comparison — of how very hollow, how very
    dead-ended, our own national politics have become. I can’t think of two
    countries today more politically divergent than the U.S. and Brazil, or two
    presidents who reveal more startlingly opposite political possibilities than
    George W. Bush and the newly inaugurated Luis Ignacio “Lula” da Silva.

    I stood last Friday afternoon, along with 75,000 others, surrounded by a sea
    of flapping flags, in the riverside Por do Sol amphitheater to hear
    President Lula speak to the third annual World Social Forum, the “people’s
    alternative” to the elite World Economic Forum (news - web sites) in Davos,
    Switzerland. This year’s international powwow of the anti-globalization
    movement drew more than 100,000 participants to 1,500 panels and seminars,
    featuring A-list lefties ranging from Noam Chomsky to Danielle Mitterand to
    Arundhati Roy to Che Guevara’s daughter to Danny Glover.

    But it was Lula who towered above all.

    There he stood diminutively on the stage, short and pudgy, 57 years old, and
    bearded. He spoke softly and calmly, with a conversational tone, and with
    none of the rehearsed trademark theatrics of a trained pol. As the man who
    now presides over this country of 175 million, with the eighth biggest
    economy in the world, but with wealth so radically ill-distributed that as
    many as 30 million live at sub-Saharan levels of poverty, Lula focused his
    talk on the injustices of the global economy. “There are those who eat five
    times a day,” he said. “And those who eat maybe once in five days.”

    And then, his soft voice hesitating and catching with emotion, Lula
    continued, “African babies have the same right to eat as a blond, blue-eyed
    baby born in Scandinavia.”

    When Bush utters similar phrases about “leaving no child behind,” you can as
    much as see the smirk behind it all, the cold political calculations of his
    chuckling speechwriters and pollsters.

    With Lula, you feel the resonance deep in your gut. His sincerity is
    undoubted because you know his own personal story is so real. Born to an
    impoverished farm family, Lula dropped out of school at age 12 and moved to
    the city. Carving out a meager existence on the mean streets of São Paulo
    (where today the murder rate is five times that of Washington, D.C.), Lula
    worked as a bootblack.

    He never returned to school, and during the 21 years of Brazilian military
    dictatorship, Lula toiled as a metalworker. He courageously defied the
    regime and helped rebuild a powerful national trade-union movement. Since
    1980 he has been leading another of his creations, the idiosyncratic Workers
    Party, an amalgam of Marxists, liberals and Christians.

    After three earlier failed attempts, Lula swept to a 61 percent landslide
    presidential victory, propelled by an electorate fed up with the “Washington
    consensus” — the dogmatic and disastrous application of free-market recipes
    that in this country has led to mounting unemployment and inflation, a
    consuming debt and shaky currency. And now Brazil calls on a metalworker and
    his party to solve the crisis.

    Yet we’re told by imbecilic pundits that Bush, son of a former CIA director,
    vice president and president, a lazy layabout admitted into Yale on the
    “legacy” affirmative-action program, with his Texas twang and scrambled
    syntax, should be venerated as a Regular Guy. Or that Bill Clinton’s Cabinet
    “looked like America” because it vaguely conformed to the politically
    correct racial quotas of some university administrator’s spreadsheet.

    Compare all of that with Lula’s Cabinet: seven trade unionists, a former
    rubber cutter and maid as environmental minister, a black shantytown dweller
    and feminist as social-welfare minister, a Green Party activist and popular
    musician as cultural minister, and a chief of staff who spent 10 years in
    hiding for his armed resistance to the former dictatorship.

    Bush barreled into office rewarding the wealthiest elite with a double
    serving of juicy and fattening tax cuts. Lula’s first acts were to fire the
    gourmet chef from the presidential staff and then to cancel the $700 million
    purchase of 12 new air-force fighter jets, redirecting the funding to his
    new “Zero Hunger” program.

    Most of the trips taken by Bush’s Cabinet members have been to high-ticket
    fund-raisers or — frankly — to their brokers, to check on their tenuous
    multimillion-dollar portfolios. Two weeks ago, Lula took his entire Cabinet
    to the drought-stricken Northeast for a two-day “reality tour,” tramping
    them through and bunking them down into the slums of Recife. Imagine the
    political theater — if you can — of Don Rumsfeld and CSX CEO–turned–Treasury
    Secretary John Snow spending a cozy weekend with immigrant janitors, say, in
    downtown Chula Vista, California. I can just hear Snow, whose CSX received
    $167 million in tax rebates, lecturing poor Jose and Guadalupe over an
    albondigas-soup dinner to start being more self-reliant and to stop
    expecting so much from government.

    Which takes us to the nub of this meditation — our expectations. One adviser
    to Lula joked to me this week, if you will excuse the crudeness, that “Lula
    is like a Tampax. He’s in the best place at the worst time.” These are
    certainly the worst economic times for Brazil. Its debt accounts for 80
    percent of its GDP (compared to 52 percent for Argentina, which has already
    collapsed). The gnomes at the International Monetary Fund have imposed a
    fiscal straitjacket putting crucial social spending at risk.

    But it is precisely now that Lula, and Brazil, have chosen to respond by
    acting on their dreams, not their fears. Yes, they say, to eliminating
    hunger. Yes, to doubling the minimum wage. Yes, to expanding health care.
    Yes, to more schools. And yes, to a more equitable trading position with the
    richer countries of the world.

    And what do we hear? We who live in the richest corner of the Earth, after a
    decade of the richest times? Only a thundering cascade of no, no, no. No tax
    relief for the poor — for that would be “class warfare.” No new money for
    public schools, for that would be “throwing good money after bad.” No rise
    in the minimum wage because that would be unfair to business. No national
    solution to the crisis of 50 million without health care because that would
    be “like going to the post office to see a doctor.”

    Brazilians live precariously with the greatest of hopes. And we live with
    fabulous potential that is the legitimate envy of the globe, and we have,
    seemingly, no hope.

    Or at least none that we are willing to seriously fight for. For in all
    this, George W. Bush carries no blame. He is merely the product of our
    congealed aspirations — or lack of them. Just as in Brazil Lula is but a
    symbol of something much larger. “I wasn’t elected by a TV commercial, or by
    a collection of powerful interests,” he said humbly to the crowd in front of
    him. “Nor was I elected because of my intelligence or personality. I was
    elected by the intelligence and political consciousness of the Brazilian
    people, who have fought for 40 years for what they have wanted.
  2. KaBar

    KaBar Senior Member

    Joined: Oct 9, 2001 Messages: 1,397 Likes Received: 28
    He sounds very interesting

    If he doesn't get assassinated within the month, and the people are really behind him, maybe he will get a chance to demonstrate whether or not his ideas have any currency. If I were him, the first thing I would do is arm every man, woman and child in the country, and flood the Brazilian armed forces and police with hundreds of thousands of young volunteers from the trade unions. And for Christ's sake, wear body armor in public.

    Brazil is a wild place. Biggest country in South America. I guess we will see what is what as time goes on. It's hard for me to imagine a guy like this being able to survive in Brazil.
  3. l0rdka0s

    l0rdka0s Banned

    Joined: Dec 31, 2002 Messages: 8 Likes Received: 0
    somewhat reminds me of the spoken word piece on that boysetsfire album but less anger involved.

    I would ahve to agree though, we have potential as a nation but brazilians have fine women and beautiful beaches, and a society that is really based around true community. Amerikkka lacks that and all the hospitality cause we are the refuge of the worlds outcasts. big deal, you cant change the world but you can change yourself. LK says so, actullay his mom says that i say life is ill fated and humans are transparent.
  4. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 25, 2000 Messages: 32,277 Likes Received: 235
    thats not political genius, its common sense, selfless action and moral integrity.

    dude's not in danger. he was elected by the majority of his country in a fair election and he's a 'common' man, in a country of 'common' men. to kill him would be to make a martyr of him, which would only strengthen his party and his following. his opposition wont come force, it'll come from economic warfare.
    i think i'll have to do a 'lula' freight tomorrow.
  5. Poop Man Bob

    Poop Man Bob Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Nov 16, 2000 Messages: 10,259 Likes Received: 18
    KaBar ..

    Please explain to me how spending ungodly sums of money arming every citizen is the wisest move for that country.
  6. dik.n.ur.ear

    dik.n.ur.ear Senior Member

    Joined: Jan 5, 2001 Messages: 1,556 Likes Received: 0
    well, i suppose i haven't been around for that long, but i have never read about someone with such stances becoming president of anything ever, i was just impressed to the point where when i named my thread, i chose those words. edit it moderator. make it say common sense, selfless action and moral integrity. that would fit wouldnt it?
  7. BROWNer

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  8. BROWNer

    BROWNer Guest

    real people in political positions, it would be nice wouldn't it?

    i hereby file my official prediction for the
    american 2004 presidential elections.....
    george w. bush takes it and within' the first
    year launches the 3rd war of his presidency.
  9. some pittsburgh flavor

    some pittsburgh flavor Elite Member

    Joined: Mar 31, 2001 Messages: 4,936 Likes Received: 0
    Re: He sounds very interesting

    well, kabar, maybe this is exactly why you aren't president of brazil. guns will feed your kids, huh. because that's what he's going for isn't it. he wants to make brazil some pseudo-militaristic police state, doesn't he.

    let go of your "shoot him before he shoots you" mentality and acknowledge that this guy knows what he's doing, and it's a hell of a lot better than giving every seven-year-old an M-16 to play with.

    i thought he wanted less crime
  10. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 25, 2000 Messages: 32,277 Likes Received: 235
    scallywag, i was just pointing out what dude himself would point out. its not that his ideas are revolutionary, or that he came up with a new way of doing things, he just got the opportunity to do it.
    in any case, genius or not, i share your enthusiasm and awe at the situation. honestly, ive thought about this several times a day since reading it... it's given me a bit of hope in the face of our jingoist retardation. thanks for posting it.
  11. T.T Boy

    T.T Boy Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 18, 2001 Messages: 21,803 Likes Received: 41
    damn, i had no idea brazilian children could eat guns.
    must have a good dental plan down there.
  12. --zeSto--

    --zeSto-- Veteran Member

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  13. Kr430n5_666

    Kr430n5_666 Banned

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  14. Smart

    Smart Dirty Dozen Crew

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  15. Poop Man Bob

    Poop Man Bob Dirty Dozen Crew

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    KaBar ..