Brazil’s Petite Bourgeoisie Have Had Enough! The Color Impeachment is Underway (Colonia Approaches)

by Scott Creighton

famous image from the “protests”. Wealthy white couple with their brown “weekend nanny” in tow on their way to protest having to pay her a living wage.

The white upper middle class of Brazil are taking it to the streets after being prompted to do so by every corporatist media organization in the country. It’s time to take a stand against the “corruption” of President Dilma Rousseff and have her (and more importantly, her political party the Workers’ Party (PT) ) impeached. So said Brazil’s lower house of congress last night when they voted to begin impeachment proceedings against the standing president of the country. It should be noted, the member of the lower house who led that proceeding is a political opponent of the president and is himself facing serious corruption charges.

Demonstrators in São Paulo celebrate as congress voted for President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment.

Yea! I’m rich! And we are taking the country BAAAAACK!!

The mostly white petite bourgeoisie protesters screamed in glee. I’ll bet there was good sex in the pale Brazilian suburbs last night.

Dilma supporter rightly sees this as a coup.

The rest of the country… not so much.

Yes folks, this is a coup. It’s a color revolution/regime change operation every bit as much as the one taking place in Syria or the one that took place in Libya. The only difference is, they are using the impeachment process to remove the troubling leader as opposed to “humanitarian” bombing campaigns or “moderate” terrorist mercenaries.

“This is a coup, a traumatic injury to Brazil’s presidential system,” said Pedro Arruda, a political analyst at the Pontifical Catholic University in São Paulo. “This is just pretext to take down a president who was elected by 54 million people. She doesn’t have foreign bank accounts, and she hasn’t been accused of corruption, unlike those who are trying to impeach her.” New York Times

When you get past the far right wing hype being spewed by many of the corporatist MSM outlets about this event, what you find is a rather remarkable justification for the impeachment. It’s essentially a budgetary slight of hand, not a fraud or swindle committed by the president that is at the root of it.

“… charges that the president illegally used money from state-owned banks to conceal a yawning budget deficit in an effort to bolster her re-election prospects…

… Although legal experts and political analysts are divided, many have expressed concern over the basis of the impeachment drive. They note that the budgetary sleight of hand that Ms. Rousseff is accused of employing to address the deficit has been used by many elected officials, though not on so large a scale.” New York Times

By contrast, look at the corruption of Hillary Clinton… and we are about to elect her, not impeach her. And look at the corruption of Dick Cheney and the illegal wars of aggression so he could personally benefit via Halliburton no-bid contracts in Afghanistan and Iraq (to say nothing of the stealing of Iraqi oil reserves). And they are trying to impeach their president because she essentially shifted some state money from their central bank to cover deficits?

“To meet the new regulations, the Brazilian government (at all levels) borrows its own money (from a public bank or fund) to cover deficitary budget items for that year. Then, when the government money for the next fiscal year is cashed in, the government pays itself back and returns the borrowed money. This can also happen over a larger time span, as is the case now, when the deficit spans two or three years.

It’s a mundane accounting trick but it’s not a minor issue. The law is meant to provide economic stability and to help control inflation. When we consider that Brazil’s current development model is largely based on public expenditure (infrastructure, procurements, etc) and indebtedness, this predicted risk can become an important “instability” index for the economy as a whole.

This practice, and Dilma’s responsibility for what has been done at federal level, is the legal basis for the impeachment request.” Jacobin Mag

This law was put in place back in 2000 in order to ensure future governments had to abide by austerity measures, cutting programs to help Brazil’s poor and working classes, whenever possible. The threat of course is if they don’t live up to the austerity budgets put in place by the neoliberals in their congress, they could face trouble with the next election, or impeachment if they fudge the numbers like Dilma and PT did.

That’s why this is a distinctly class-based impeachment.

Dilma isn’t accused of stealing money or lining her own pockets (like so many of those leading the charge to remove her from office are). Instead, she is accused of a greater crime: not bleeding the poor and working classed enough to satiate the ruling classes of Brazil.

This is also about regaining control of Brazil’s political system. Taking it back from the popular political party of former 2-term president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Lula, as he is called, was and is, extremely popular among the masses of Brazil. That’s because he was one of them and he became president back in 2002.

Dilma was his hand-picked successor. She won the presidential election back in 2010 without any previous political experience at all. She won because Lula wanted her to win and that was all the masses needed to vote for her back then.

She won her second election in 2014 and is currently midway through her second term.

Some suggest the wealthy oligarchs of Brazil fear another run by Lula in 2018.

You have to remember, back in ’64 I think, the CIA and the wealthy power elites ran a coup in Brazil which ousted the left-leaning elected government and installed a brutal dictatorship, a fascist brutal dictatorship, modeled on the same kind of dictatorships we always install in South American countries.

They ruled for over 20 years and democracy only really came back to the nation in ’85 or so.

And that dictatorship started in a very similar manner to what is happening right now in Brazil.

Understandably, the older generations in the country have those days clearly in mind. The poorer of them dread the possibility of going back to those days. The more affluent… well…

Demonstrators in São Paulo celebrate as congress voted for President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment.

I want more PROFITS!! I need MORE gold to hand on my flabby neck! Yea fascism!

Voting in Brazil is currently mandatory. That means no matter what, the poor working class will always have an advantage when it comes to selecting their leaders. This explains the success of the PT party over the past 4 presidential elections and it certainly bodes an ill wind for the petite bourgeoisie when it comes to selecting the next.

But the fascist reactionary opposition always find other undemocratic ways to gain power. After all, there are the words of their hero to consider:

I don’t see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its people. The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves.” Henry Kissinger

The vice president of the country,  Michel Temer , the man who will take over when and if Dilma is impeached, is in fact a member of the fascist reactionary opposition party. And he also endorsed the impeachment last week.

“Over the few last days the tension has escalated. Dilma has even made a public speech referring to the vice president and the president of the house of deputies as the author and vice-author of the coup — which is by now 100 percent clear.

Vice President Temer “accidentally” leaked on Monday a voice message via WhatsApp, “rehearsing” his speech as if the impeachment was already decided. In fact it was leaked intentionally, as a message signaling what he is offering for those who will vote for the impeachment and support him.

Since then the vice president’s official house has been the epicenter of a pilgrimage. He is reportedly naming people he wants to appoint as ministers and talking about the need to implement a “shock program” to send a very clear message to the market in his first ten days in power. This includes, of course, a huge reform to the public pension scheme, among other things.” Jacobin Mag

If and when this impeachment takes place, you can expect a purge of the PT party throughout the government on similar trumped up charges of malfeasance.

Then you can expect a revision of the law mandating everyone votes along with certain “voter ID” laws and other right-wing party tricks designed to make sure only, shall we say, “lighter” colored voters need apply for those voter IDs.

Dilma, for her part, has been trying to appease the oligarchs of Brazil. She enacted various austerity measures in the wake of the Goldman Sachs global financial meltdown, much to the chagrin of Lula and his masses of supporters.

Even still, she garnered some 50+ million votes back in 2014 in spite of that.

Understandably, the “Billionaire’s Bitch”, Glen Greenwald, is trying to play up to both sides on this one. He rightly points out the hypocrisy of those bringing this impeachment proceeding against Dilma while facing corruption charges themselves (which will certainly be squashed when PT and Dilma are out of power) and he rightly points out this is a politically driven impeachment without giving us any real insight into the class-based structure of it all.

And he also rightly points out that it’s being driven by the corporate media and their oligarch owners who clearly seek to live and profit in a more neoliberal Brazil.

[Kind of makes Erdogan’s decision to impose restrictions on those 3 Gulenist publications a little more understandable, doesn’t it? It’s not the “end of democracy” but rather an attempt to defend it from globalist publications looking to ferment an atmosphere of regime change, don’t ya know. Same thing the Mockingbirds did in Brazil. Only Dilma sat back and let them do it.]

All of this is commendable on Glen’s part and would serve him well in his attempt to portray himself as some kind of liberal journalist crusader were it not for the glaring omissions in his lengthy work.

You see, Glen has made a fortune selling all those fake “Edward Snowden” leaks to his oligarch billionaire employer (who happens to have supported the color revolution in Ukraine, by the way)

So Glen is a member of that “mostly white petite bourgeoisie” class I am talking about who either openly or secretly support this slow-motion color revolution coup.

He tips his hand when he fails to explain exactly why Dilma is being impeached. Information like that will clearly let his audience know just how political and class-based the impeachment is. And then he goes further by implying Dilma and her entire party, the party of the masses and the people, are corrupt.

“None of this is a defense of PT. Both because of genuine widespread corruption in that party and national economic woes, Dilma and PT are intensely unpopular among all classes and groups, even including the party’s working-class base…

There is no question that PT is rife with corruption. There are serious questions surrounding Lula that deserve an impartial and fair investigation. And impeachment is a legitimate process in a democracy provided that the targeted official is actually guilty of serious crimes” Glen Greenwald

Greenwald even goes so far as to implicate Lula in the corruption which is an old charge involving the state-owned oil company Petrobras.

Old charge or not, once Dilma is routed from office and her reactionary VP takes over and the purge of left-leaning PT members is underway, it’s not hard to imagine the new ruling opposition party will turn their attention to Lula in order to make sure he doesn’t stage a comeback anytime soon.

[Also of note: notice the two things mentioned in these charges – a state owned central-type bank and a state owned oil company. Keep those in mind, you privatization vultures. They are sure to end up on the chopping blocks in Brazil in the near future if everything goes the way of the reactionary fascists.]

It’s understandable that Glen would attempt to position himself this way, kind of in the middle with just enough exposure of the political aspect of this coup and just enough demonization of Dilma and PT in order to survive the purge afterward. If we have learned nothing about the “progressive” Mr. Greenwald, we have learned he is definitely pragmatic in the tradition of Clinton pragmatism.

There is no doubt that this is a coup and that President Dilma Rousseff will certainly face impeachment when the upper house of Brazil votes in the near future. That is pretty much a given at this point.

There is also no doubt that this is a politically motivated color revolution taking place on the streets, backed and cheered by the oligarch-driven corporate media outlets which are busily drumming up anger and dissatisfaction with the current government.

The petite bourgeoisie protesters forced their way into the lower house last night so they could be there, screaming and chanting, as the vote for impeachment took place. They were supported obviously by the opposition party members, opposed by PT members. But they were there, none the less.

The VP is standing ready to impose a shock therapy dose of brutal economic austerity just as soon as he takes power.

The economy in Brazil is in tatters. That much is clear. With so much of the state dependent on the oil revenues, Big Agribusiness is the only profitable industry in the country today. It is also clear that the oligarchs, forecasting this economic downturn in spite of Dilma’s acceptance of austerity measures in the past, may not be investing in domestic markets like they should – knowing that they can add to the financial hardship of the people and then being able to exploit it like they are now. This is the “make the economy scream” tactic we have seen from these power elites so many times in Latin America.

There is much at stake here, far outside the national boundaries of Brazil. They are a leading member of the BRICS nations and currently represent one of the largest economies on the planet.

So neoliberals see this as a once in a generation opportunity to shift the dynamic of the global power structure and not just the typical vulture capitalist feeding frenzy they usually enjoy after a successful color revolution or coup.

There is a lot at stake in Brazil and the people along with PT are poised to take to the streets in the next few weeks to oppose this coup much the same way the people of Venezuela did when we removed Chavez not that long ago.

It’s hard too say where it will end up beyond the impeachment. More than likely the purge of PT and other left-leaning politicians and administrators will be accompanied by something similar regarding leading opposition activists, protesters and journalists.

The coup we backed in Egypt which put al Sisi in power claimed the lives of over 800 protesters in one day. Zip was said about that brutality by our “progressive” leaders here in the states.

In Honduras after Hillary Clinton’s little coup in 2009, the same zip was said by President Peace Prize regarding the “many other acts of repression attendant with the coup perpetrated by Honduran military and police: kidnappings, beatings, disappearances, attacks on demonstrators, shutting down the internet and suppressing the few small critical media outlets that exist in Honduras

Ironically, the indy film Colonia is finally being released here in the US this weekend. It’s a film about the aftermath of the 1973 coup in Chile and one specific demented human being the CIA and the Pinochet regime tasked with imprisoning, torturing and killing left-wing dissidents in the country.

Unfortunately we often see this kind of ideological cleansing take place in nations where these kinds of coups are set in motion. Especially south of our border. It’s hard not to draw comparisons between what is happening today and what happened in Chile in ’73 or for that matter, what happened in Brazil in ’64.

The coup subjected Brazil to a military regime politically aligned to the interests of the United States government.[5] This regime would last until 1985, when Tancredo Neves was indirectly elected the first civilian President of Brazil since the 1960 elections.

My heart goes out to the people of Brazil. I fear for them and the future of their democracy. I just don’t fear for the neoliberal Greenwald-type white petite bourgeoisie class that is hung over this morning after celebrating a return to fascism last night.

I don’t fear for them at all. I fear them.

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10 Responses

  1. Top notch, Scott. Journalism doesn’t get better than this.
    Thank you!

  2. Hi Willy:
    left this here so you don’t miss it
    An Erdogan apologist- yup, I’ve been called that on a number of occasions- What bothers me, and I intend to point out to people who make comments like that, is why are these people are so caught up in the “cult of personality” of any one leader? In a negative or positive context?

    When people get caught up in the “cult of personality” rather then the reality- they are missing the entire point of the situation. Any situation.
    They are out of touch with reality. Is it intentional? Is it just following the herd? It’s probably a bit of both.

    But this obsession with leader, above all else, is a definite distraction from that which is really happening.

    Just an fyi….I’m also apparently a basher of Putin?
    And if people would really, really read what I write… I don’t focus on the leader of any one nation- that’s what the misleading media does… demonize a leader in order to demonize a nation
    It’s so manipulative. Wish people would realize the cult of personality is a mass manipulation technique

    sigh…labelling you and I as “this or that” has more to do with the labellers having limited thinking capabilities then anything else?

    • for many out there I feel it’s a black and white world. there’s no room for deep state grey. that’s too confusing. too complicated. too much time. it’s the “you’re either with us or with the enemy” trick, which has unfortunately been adopted by the left and kinda leftish “progressives” out there who find it easier to immediately label someone like a leader or a journalist rather than to consider the possibility that there are nuances which come into play. i doubt it’s as much about thinking capabilities as it is comfort. it is comfortable to be in the right. even when you feel perhaps you are not.

      I once had someone whom I respected as a bright and articulate man tell me after hours of discussion about 9/11 “You make sense and I can’t argue with you. You know much more than I do on this. But in the end, it comes down to “I don’t want to believe it” because if I do, then I have to do something about it”

      Me, my readership is down since writing about Greater Kurdistan. Donations are down. Support is down. Comments are much fewer with more and more trolls stopping by. It would have been easier to jump on the hate Erdogan bandwagon. Much easier. But when I saw it, I couldn’t do nothing. I guess I’m not smart enough to simply let it go. And I think that is what’s behind this or at least a good part of this. It’s not intelligence. It’s self preservation perhaps. Instinct.

      • Excellent article, as was the JFK one.

        I agree on your position about Greenwald.

        I am coming to a position about Alt news that your comment just further verifies. I’m not sure it’s possible to ‘make a living’ reporting the Truth. One might be able to eek out an existence at best. But anyone getting rich telling the truth is either lying about getting rich, or lying about telling the truth. (See Alex Jones)

        In a world of mass deception the Truth is dangerous to some, uncomfortable for many, but necessary for all.

  3. Great insight… only thing to add is that Dilma came to office with no political experience mainly because she was imprisoned and tortured by that military dictatorship in Brazil. That in a way qualifies her more than any to be democratic.

  4. Some thoughts…

    [1] Kudos on the analysis of Greenwald’s comments. My assessment is the same.

    [2] Coup-by-impeachment (or by quasi impeachment) has often been done before. Rich elitists in Venezuela did it to Hugo Chavez in April 2002 (but they failed). Rich elitists in Honduras did it to populist president Manuel Zelaya on 28 June 2009 (with Hillary’s blessing). Rich elitists in Paraguay did it to populist president Fernando Lugo on 22 June 2012.

    Now it’s Dilma Rousseff’s turn.

    [3] Much as I hate rich elitists, I have problems with Ms. Rousseff. She was elected in 2011 and re-elected in 2014 on an anti-austerity platform, accusing her opponent, Aécio Neves, of cruelty when he denied the social consequences of austerity. In 2015, however, Rousseff did an about-face and started to impose the austerity that the rich elitists had wanted her to impose all along. She levied new taxes. She cut spending for health, education, and housing. She privatized state companies and public assets. She betrayed the 54 million people that had voted for her.

    Never betray the workers who voted for you! Never abandon your populist principles! Never renege on your anti-austerity pledges! Never serve the interests of bankers and big business at the expense of the masses. Never get lazy! Never underestimate the greed of the rich! If you violate these rules, and the economy takes a downturn (as it will sooner or later) the peasants will abandon you, and the elitists will purge you.

    [4] The social unrest in Brazil is as much a race riot as a class riot. Among average Brazilians, the ones who hate Rousseff tend to be white and middle-to-upper-class. The ones who defend Rousseff tend to be darker-skinned and poorer – although they feel betrayed by austerity.

    [5] The lower house (“Chamber of Deputies”) has voted to impeach Rousseff. More than half the politicians who voted to impech are themselves under investigation for graft, fraud or electoral crimes. Next month (May) the upper house (“Federal Senate”) must vote to accept the case by simple majority. Then they must “try” her.

    If Rousseff is removed from office, then Vice President Michel Temer will take over, and he will push Brazil to the radical far-right, like Mauricio Macri did to Argentina when Macri became president (10 Dec 2015). Argentina is now a neoliberal paradise. Brazil will become one too. Poverty and inequality is already extreme, but it will become a thousand times worse.

    Brazil has the world’s seventh largest economy. A hard shift to the right will be a major victory for neoliberals worldwide.

    Never betray the workers who voted for you! Never abandon your populist principles! Never renege on your anti-austerity pledges! The peasants will abandon you, and the elitists will purge you.

    [6] Brazil is an example of Naomi Klein’s “shock doctrine.” The fall in commodity prices, and in demand from China, plus Rousseff’s gratuitous austerity, caused Brazil’s economy to fall into a recession. This, plus the Petrobras scandal, created a “Brazilian Spring” that rich elitists hijacked, and are now exploiting to get the Workers’ Party out of the way permanently.

    The elitists do it via their total control of the Brazilian corporate media outlets. And the stupid middle class whites obediently fall in line. If they think they are hurting from Brazil’s recession now, wait until they get a taste of neoliberal “reforms.” They will be crushed to extinction by the rich elitists. There will be severe austerity, severe unemployment, and mass privatization of public assets.

    After World War 2, Brazil became a vibrant and progressive nation. In 1960 Brazil founded a new capital city (Brasília) whose architecture was modeled almost literally on the “Tomorrowland” attraction at Disneyland CA. (“Tomorrowland” first opened in 1955.) Unemployment was low, the people were prosperous, and everyone was happy.

    Naturally this enraged the CIA, who called Brazil’s prosperity a “communist plot,” and assisted in the military coup that began on 31 March 1964.

    Things improved a bit after 2000 with the rise in Chinese demand for Brazilian commodities, but now Brazil is sliding back to the nightmare of neoliberalism.

    • CLARIFICATION

      Next month the Brazilian senate will decide whether or not to accept the lower house’s demand that impeachment proceedings begin against Rousseff. If the Senate votes yes (by simple majority), then Rousseff will have to vacate her office until the Senate convicts or exonerates her, which could take up to 180 days.

      To remove her permanently, the Senate will need a two-thirds majority vote.

      During that 180 days, Vice President Michel Temer will put Brazil on a radically neoliberal path, reorganizing the government, and ending social programs that help the lower classes. Then Mr. Temer will begin destroying the same middle class that (at the moment) loves him.

      In response, a joyous Obama will fly down to congratulate Temer, just as Obama flew down to congratulate President Mauricio Macri on 23 March 2016 for doing the same thing to Argentina.

      Temer in Brazil and and Macri in Argentina will drag their respective nations into the Trans-Pacific Partnership, joining Mexico and Peru. Any time a nation makes a radical turn toward neoliberalism, Obama jumps onto Air Force One to go and congratulate the criminals involved, and invite them to join The Club.

      The Workers’ Party lifted millions of Brazilians out of extreme poverty through increased social spending. Then they committed suicide by going neo-liberal via austerity.

      Vice President Michel Temer’s party, the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, has been implicated in extreme corruption schemes. When Temer takes power, he and his handlers will pay off or threaten all the relevant judges and investigators, so that the scandal disappears.

      The corporate media outlets (all of them owned by rich elitists) will convince the masses to let bygones be bygones, so that Brazil can prepare to host the Summer Olympics, beginning on 5 Aug 2016.

      If two-thirds of senators vote to remove Rousseff from office, then Mr. Temer will serve out Rouseff’s term through year end 2018.

      This is a coup against the middle and lower classes of the entire world.

      We know it is a coup, because Ms. Rousseff is untouched by the Petrobras scandal. Instead, she is charged with fudging the national budget numbers, which EVERY government does.

  5. When neocons during Bush rule were busy remodeling Middle East, South America started to elect leaders acting in the interest of their people. The Masters of Universe did not like it. But under Obama thing are returning back to normal. It seems that Obama works for people stronger than neocons. Apparently people like Kissinger and Brzezinski who look at the bigger picture for the NWO are more important than the narrow minded Zionistic neocons. Obama could even afford an open conflict with Netanyahu what seems rather unthinkable.

    Now we have a better idea what is the hierarchy in the AngloAmerican+Zionist empire of the NWO. The answer to the two centuries old question whether it is the Jews that control The City or is it The City that uses the Jews can be triangulated.

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