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Letter to the Editor, by Gregory Cufaro

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With respect to Mr. Greenwald and his impeccable pedigree, and in deference to his being a Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist, he could not be more misinformed or mistaken regarding the supposed “Coup” of Brazil President Dilma Rousseff! He is not even close to the truth!!!

By very definition a Coup D’etat, is sudden, violent overthrow of a standing government by military intervention and a complete take over the ruling government. The ongoing impeachment of Ms. Rousseff and the subsequent de facto prevention of Lula gaining a government post, which will shield him from current criminal investigation charges and the inevitable conviction, while waiting to run in the next federal election for president, is not a coup.

The Brazil Constitution is safeguarded with a provision for an impeachment process should the sitting president not uphold their sworn oath to the Republic of Brazil. That is what an impeachment process is about. To determine if the president has failed in their role to honor the constitution and protect the interests of the Brazilian people. A Democracy is supposed to be: “government of the people, by the people, for the people”, (does Mr. Greenway know of a great man named Abraham Lincoln?).

Ms. Rousseff works for the people not the other way around!

Another basic fact, had Mr. Greenwald cared to look, is the ample credible evidence ( as an integral part of the ongoing Lavo Jato criminal investigation of government and private sector corruption) that the 2014 re-election of Ms. Rousseff and the PT party was rigged in their favor by the same electronic computerized voting system used in the U.S.A.

Anyone who actually knows what is happening in Brazil will tell you that both, ex-president Lula and president Rousseff are criminals, who have subverted the very Democracy which they claim so loudly to champion, cherish and love. The PT party is a communist party. The fact that they gained power through an elected democratic elective process is ironic and would be rather humorous had it not been so devastating to the Brazilian people.

The actions and policies of the PT with the blessings of both Mr. Lula and his puppet protege Ms. Rousseff are the real reason’s people are demanding change. As the middle and lower classes suffer under their socialistic policies, bribery, government graft, theft of public funds, corruption and opposition intimidation, the PT supporters who live off of the free handouts of the PT party are driving the country into a social morass that will make Cuba look like a paradise.

Does Mr. Greenwald know that under Brazilian law every citizen between the ages of 19 to 70, must vote in a federal election. They do not have the choice to not vote. So those who attach their wagons to the free handouts of the PT party naturally love Mr. Lula and Ms. Rousseff.

They do not need to work so why would they? The lower and middle class and the wealthier class who want to reach the promise that Brazil was thought to have had are fighting a losing battle. The numbers themselves back up this. Look at the demographics of the vote spread in the last few federal elections since Lula won his first term.

It was the predominantly unemployed north and north east regions who voted PT. It was not the power centers who voted for the PT, like Sao Paolo or Rio de Janeiro or the southern states of Santa Catarina, Parana, or Rio Grande do Sul. They want true development and social improvement not communistic style equality in poverty!

Does Mr. Greenwald know that the government public hospitals are a shambles with no medical supplies, medicine or even beds and have had to shut their doors, or that the educational school system is a joke, with empty classroom’s due to no books and basic supplies?

Does he know at the same time there are hundreds of government warehouse’s filled to the rafters with medicine, medical equipment, books and school supplies. Does he recognize, (maybe it is not important to Mr. Greenwald!), that the money from the federal government to pay for these basic necessities of modern life, have gone into the pockets of Mr. Lula’s and Ms. Rousseff’s PT party cronies, friend’s, family members and political backers.

Not to the common people who become ill and require medical attention nor the young children or youth who crave to be educated so they can contribute to a better Brazil and enjoy some quality of life. These are the same people Lula and Rousseff claim to champion and cherish! If Ms. Rousseff is such a great torch bearer for true democracy why has she not done even the basics to make her people healthy and have access to education.

Mr. Lula and Ms. Rousseff are communist anarchists whose only political desire is to disrupt, subvert and destroy true democracy for their Leftist agenda. Their Utopic view for Brazil is one where the common people, party proletariat and the illiterate masses are scratching in the dust while Mr. Lula and Ms. Rousseff and the PT inner sanctum bask in luxury lifestyle’s, villa’s, huge illegal bank account’s, vacations. Let us not forget the opiate of power and control.

No, Mr. Greenwald you absolutely have no concept of what it means to live in Brazil or be Brazilian or honestly want what is best for the future of Brazil. If you argue in your enlightened view of expertise that you do know the truth, then you belong in the same court of prosecution as Mr. Lula, Ms. Rousseff, the PT party. Where is your voice for the suffering people of Brazil. It is too bad that impeachment is limited only to some elected government officials.

It is tragically sad that so many people who follow you and journalist like you, blindly ingest your daily output of half truths and selected commentary. I guess what they do not know is the real truth does not really matter. You will decide what is best for them. What the truth is.

That is frighteningly similar to another situation. Sounds a lot like what is happened in Brazil with the support and blessing of Mr. Lula, Ms. Rousseff, and the PT party. The Brazilian people dream of a Brazil free from government corruption, communistic oppression, incompetent socialistic policies. Free from corrupt Lula, his puppet caretaker Rousseff, the PT party. Viva Brazil! Viva Democracia!

Sincerely


Gregory Cufaro

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Dear Mr. Cufaro,

    Actually, reading your opinionated article makes me believe even more that Mr. Greenwald is right.
    You say that Lula “gaining a government post” would shield him from investigation, but you forget to mention that those in power in Brazil, like Eduardo Cunha, the president of the lower house and the 60% of all his supporters in congress are shielded from criminal investigation and are already accused of major crimes.

    Yes, there is a provision for impeachment in the Brazilian constitution, and it says the impeachment process is possible if the president commits a “crime of responsibility”, which she has not. So, uniting the media behind the opposition to bring the government popularity down and approve an unsubstantiated impeachment process amounts to a soft version of a coup.

    The rest of your arguments only show that you disagree with the president’s policies, and that is not grounds for impeachment.

    You can disagree with a Pulitzer Prize winner journalist, but that does not make him wrong and, much less, make you right.

    I understand that Mr. Greenwald is, in fact, correct in his assessment of the situation going on in Brazil.

  2. Where to start?
    First, Mr Greenwald lives in Brazil, more specifically in Rio de Janeiro. He is an acute observer of what is going on, not relying on Globo’s reporting. And he has a leftist political philosophy, which makes him focus on the poor, who are still with us. He has no patience with official officious government.
    Second, Lula is not now and has never been a communist–he’s an authentic labor leader, just as was Lech Waleska–and independent labor union movements are anathema to any communist government.
    Third, what Lula did was ally the Brazilian plutocrats with the PT social plan. Plutocrats received legal tax breaks and illegal contract kickbacks, as long as they supported Lula and the PT.
    Mr Greenwald is wrong, even though the Curmudgeon does not believe the formal grounds for impeaching amount to a sufficient legal basis. The reason Dilma is being impeached is the same reason Richard Nixon was impeached–both lied to their respective peoples. Nixon lied about Watergate and tried to cover it up. Dilma lied about pedaladas and extra-budget payments, and to this day claims she did not know of the multi-billion dollar corruption scheme known as the Petrolão. No one in Brazi really believes that Dilma did not know what was going on at Petrobras, so her denial of any knowledge is as culpable as Nixon’s denial of the Watergate break-in.
    Watergate was a trivial crime, in the grand scheme of things. Pedaladas are a trivial crime, in the grand scheme of things. Lying to the people who elected you is NOT trivial and is grounds for impeachment.

  3. Gregory,

    You can spin it anyway you like. By definition a coup is not necessarily a military take-over, sudden or otherwise, but also a takeover by a countries elites, which is precisely what is happening.

    The horrible thing is that your country has lost all face at this point and will not be taken seriously by your people or rest of the world for generations. You’ve shat in your own bed. Don’t expect the rest of the world to be as clueless as your pro-impeachment supporters, especially don’t expect people in Europe and North America to be clueless. We know what we did and can no longer respect you. How many generations will it take to clean your image when 60% of your politicians are being investigated? Decades, my friend. Decades, if you are lucky.

  4. Dear Mr. Mark Williams,

    You are incorrect in your statement, the truth is that Mrs. Rousseff did commit “crime of responsibility” according to law 1079/50 and 10028/00 paragraph 9, those law are very clear about credit operations performed by the president without authorization from Congress. The Federal Accounting board (TCU) responsible for the governments financial audit has issued a disclaimer about those operations that happened during the election year 2014 in order to mask a operation budget shortfall. Mrs. Rousseff doesn’t denied the fact, but she claims that it had been done before! The Brazilian population is sick and tired of corruption and lies, the fact that her predecessor might done the same thing and didn’t get punish does not exempt her for responsibilities! Does not make her innocent! It’s time for a house cleaning in Brazil, I am also very disappointed at Mr. Greenwald, a journalist that I admired a lot. Brazil’s supreme court that is mostly appointed by the work’s party (PT) has also ruled that the Impeachment process is following all the legal procedures established in the constitution, there is no argument about it.

  5. Dear Mr. Cularo,
    First of all, plurals do not have apostrophes. I suppose this is a minor criticism regarding the subject, but correct English might help persuade people to take your words seriously.

    Most of what I wanted to say has already been covered by others, however, if I can comment on your final paragraph:

    “The Brazilian people dream of a Brazil free from government corruption, communistic oppression, incompetent socialistic policies. Free from corrupt Lula, his puppet caretaker Rousseff, the PT party. Viva Brazil! Viva Democracy!”

    The first point is surely true. We all want a Brazil free of corruption. The second point may also be true, but I am not aware of any communist oppression in Brazil’s entire history. If we had it now, surely the impeachment would never have been considered as those behind it would have been summarily dealt with!

    Moving on, I assume you are referring to Bolsa Familia with regard to socialist policies which I believe was initially instituted before PT took control. Maybe it could have been better implemented, but it has done a lot of good for many very poor people in Brazil. I’m sure that many of those with higher incomes would prefer to have their taxes spent on other things that directly benefit them or for taxes to be cut instead, but that won’t help one of Brazil’s biggest problems, unlike Bolsa Familia.

    You then finish the sentence half way through and start a new one which basically doesn’t make sense. Please get your grammar checked before writing to criticise journalists.

    Anyway, this incomplete sentence implies that Dilma, Lula and PT are the only sources of corruption in Brazilian politics while the evidence suggests that, on the contrary, while they may not be perfect, they are far from the most corrupt and it is common knowledge that the people behind this impeachment are under investigation for far worse crimes than the President or her predecessor.

    Finally, viva Brazilian democracy indeed! Such a shame that what is happening right now is the exact opposite of democracy with an elite few attempting to overthrow a democratically elected President and by so doing perhaps arrange for their own misdemeanours to mysteriously fade from the public eye and go unpunished. For real democracy we really need the whole of congress to resign and new elections to take place with all those under investigation being barred from taking part – but that will never happen, sadly.

  6. Thanks for this article. We’ve been reading and listening to Mr. Greenwald’s illusionary statements throughout.
    He is not an acute observer, he is just very skilled on spinning perceptions.
    Which is unfortunate because he is obviously a smart person.
    Just look at Mr.Snowden. Luckily Mr. John Oliver was nice enough to fly all the way to Russia and rephrase
    many of the harmful public perceptions Mr. Greenwald’s left behind ( for his own gain ).
    He is an opportunist, another 30 days and he would not have been awarded a Pulitzer prize .
    Soon, the Gazette Online ( Montreal ) will be publishing an article, with great details on why he is an opportunist and not a journalist -with the contribution of many Brazilian expats and Mr. Snowden himself.
    It is also unfortunate that those perpetuating this “coup d’etat” theory have not bothered to look closer
    on how Brazilian laws came to be ( 1988 ) and in special this entire process -even in the comments above,

    @John Napper, two thirds of the congress voted for the “Acceptance of Investigation” -and not the impeachment itself. How is that not democratic ? Brazil is not a parliamentarism system, your suggestion does not apply ( democratically speaking ) -and if you cannot find any reference for “communist oppression” then you need to study a little bit more Brazilian history. Also bad grammar does not mean that the author is
    wrong. ( no connection ).

    @Dan Are you saying the Brazilian elite bought the entire congress ? This is not a coup d’etat. This is
    the biggest money laundering scheme in the history of mankind. They essentially took from Peter
    to pay Pal .. this is just the tip of the iceberg .. the Pasadena thingie will ultimately benefit Bernie Sanders – because there is a connection on Hillay Clit’s “superpacs” and this scheme.

    @Mark Dilma’s crime is clearly stated under law 1079/5.

    Please look beyond, widen your time-frame, no one is talking about bolsa familia, it is irrelevant to the
    entire context.

    Dilma was a criminal, she was part of the group and -participated- in the hijacking of Sao Paulo’s governor. 2 people diet that day. Dilma took turns on gun-pointing the then tied in ropes governor. This is public
    domain information, Lula’s last act as President was to pardon her criminal history.

    Make no mistake, Eduardo Cunha will pay for his crimes too and many others, but the assertion that
    Dilma should be exempted because “others did it too” makes absolute no sense. Their turn will come,
    and they will be getting free trips to Parana too. That will happen as soon Switzerland provides the
    first batch “of return”, that country hired 38 new Govt Employees to specifically deal with this specific
    subject.

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