Is it the end of the Worker’s Party in Brazil?
A political party -like the Worker’s party- that does not even try to save its own leader is a dead political party.
In the speech with which she tried to avoid impeachment in the Brazilian Senate, Dilma Rousseff pleased her supporters but showed no strength to change their fate.
81 senators are expected to Impeach the President, who can not stand for election in eight years. His vice-president, Michel Temer, will be appointed president of Brazil.
What happened this August 29 in Brazil was theater. Rousseff spoke as never before, but she knew she did it to save her biography. She spoke with some kind of moral superiority that actually on the senators who act as her political judges.
She tried to differentiate herself from former President Fernando Collor de Mello. In 1992, Collor, who also suffered the impeachment in the Senate, resigned rather than defend himself in what was the last stage of the trial for his dismissal.
Not even the Workers Party has been able to significantly defend Dilma Rousseff’s return to the government. The end of the government of Rousseff marks the end of 13 years of the PT in office.
The impeachment of Rousseff is also a judgement on the PT and on the Left in this country, because not even the most popular supporters, who once stood behind the PT since its inception in the eighties, have come to the aid of the party as they did before.
Many analysts now believe that a political party -like the Worker’s Party- that does not even try to save its own leader is a dead political party.
The lack of support for the PT, even among its own followers stems from a simple reality: the party tied to other political groups, turned on its supporters and began to serve the elite.
So the era of Michel Temer, from the Brazilian Democratic Movement (PMDB), which was next to Rousseff for six years as Vice President Party will now begin.
They were elected at the same time in 2011 and then in 2014, with 54 million votes. As interim president, he formed a Cabinet with members of the conservative Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB), the other largest party in the country. although no one had voted for those members.
Many believe that is where the real coup is, choosing people to govern the country who did not receive the support of the popular vote. For this, it is expected that Temer’s popularity will continue to plunge.
Since May, the interim president has been fighting for fiscal austerity. This has consequences for the poor, first, and will reach much of the middle class that supports him within a year or so.
The last act of this political play will be seen in 2018, with new presidential elections. Right now, most of the country celebrates the fall of Rousseff, but the question is, what will be Brazil like in a year time?
Brazil is a rich country where most of the population is poor, which is why, unless the economy turns around, experts warn about more unrest and street protests.
No political campaign or political party can sustain the type of economic measures imposed by the PT, or the ones being sought by the new government led by Temer. The math does not add up.
There isn’t unlimited money to give free goodies to 40 million people every year, just as there is no benefit in imposing austerity on the poor and the middle class, which is what the Temer administration will do.
Thus, the left, which today is the wounded wing of a political dictatorship in Brazil, might be back in 2018. For those who today feel victorious because Dilma, Lula and the PT are ousted from politics may want to take a look at what Brazil could be like in just one year.
As unbelievable as it may seem, the Left might just have a chance to come back into national politics, whether it is via the PT or not, that is no longer relevant.
The Brazilian people have always been drunk on the idea of getting “free” stuff, which is why demagogues will always have a chance to become deputies, ministers, senators and presidents.