Jair Bolsonaro may just save Brazil’s democracy

Jair Bolsonaro may just save Brazil’s democracy, by Augusto Zimmermann (who hails from Brazil, hence his atrocious — some would say charming — accent).

Jair Bolsonaro has been recently elected President of Brazil, apparently putting an end to a generation of highly corrupt leftist rule. Indeed, Brazilians appear to have finally rejected the socialist model epitomised by the defeated presidential candidate of the Workers’ Party, Fernando Haddad. …

His electoral motto was “Brazil Above Everything, God Above Everyone”. This combination of a belief in national sovereignty and the recognition of God is what particularly angers the left and has motivated such a ferocious campaign against him. …

Jair Bolsonaro puts up his hand for "God, family and Brazil".

Jair Bolsonaro puts up his hand
for “God, family and Brazil”.

Bolsonaro apparently is very “far right” because he also sees some positive aspects in the military regime that ruled Brazil from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s. A former army captain, he is accused of threatening the country’s democracy because he has made some laudatory remarks concerning that military regime.

When the Brazilian military coup took place, in the end of March 1964, there was an ongoing attempt to install a communist-like regime in Brazil. Brazil’s Army, answering a legitimate call from civil society, decided to take over power in order to avoid the communist threat that was before countries all over the world at the time.

Since the end of the military regime, Brazil has been ruled by a series of notoriously corrupt leftist regimes. Such regimes have displayed a remarkable lack of willingness to protect the fundamental rights of citizens, including the basic right to stay safe and be protected from criminals of all kinds.

In this context, Bolsonaro’s candidature emerged as a hope that justice can be done and that Brazilians will be able to live again in a prosperous and peaceful society, where the law is applied and criminals are properly sentenced and convicted for their crimes committed according to the law.

He also has promised to reduce the size of the inefficient state via a properly conducted privatisation program, and reduce taxes in a country where, day after day, the press is full of reports of cases of corruption involving bureaucrats and politicians.

Of course, all these things are not popular in the mainstream media, whether national or international.  … In truth, Bolsonaro may even have saved democracy by breaking through the long leftist monopoly of power in the country.