American “news” outlets, which most recognize are now no more than propaganda machines, are already incapable of reporting accurately on what happens in the US. For the most part they simply do not report on what happens elsewhere in the world at all. Such was the case this past week when what amounts to a Coup d’Etat occurred in Brazil.
Dilma Rousseff, loved by some and highly criticized by many in Brazil, was none the less the legitimate and duly elected president of that nation. She is a woman, and one with strong leftest ties, in a country where an overwhelmingly non-white population and a fifty percent female demographic makes a figure with those credentials unsurprisingly quite popular.
One might wonder why her opponents had to resort to an impeachment procedure to gain power. Well, we have the answer. The “interum” president, who was obviously not elected to office, and who has alleged ties to US spy agencies, a 70 year old Brazilian Freemason, has appointed an all white, all male cabinet.
It should be noted that the last time Brazil, a nation which, if you will forgive me for repeating myself, is largely made up of people of color, indeed it has the largest black population of any nation in the world after Nigeria, had an all white, all male government was over 30 years ago, and that was a military dictatorship which, perhaps unsurprisingly, had support from the US government.
Even commentators in Brazil’s center-right mainstream media, which have been extremely critical of Rousseff’s administration, such as the large national O Globo, note that this government is looking like a return to the past.
A number of the members of Temer’s new government have been linked to a variety of scandals. Three are under investigation by authorities, and another four have been mentioned in a wide ranging corruption investigation led by the Federal Police, popularly referred to as the “Car Wash.” They may even be implicated in criminal activity. Temer is quite likely ineligible by Brazilian law to run for public office because he has recently been convicted of violating campaign finance laws
Despite Freemasonry’s tendency to be supportive of its own, in this case Freemasonry in general, and Brazilian Freemasonry in particular, should be swift in condemning what is happening. It looks like the makings of an old style dictatorship. And we know the only way these men could gain control of the government in today’s Brazil is by an illegal Coup d’Etat, which is precisely what they have done under the fairly transparent guise of a questionable “impeachment”.
Many Brazilians lost their lives in the past opposing precisely this sort of governance. It is to be hoped that Brazilian Freemasons will not willingly play a role in bringing it back. We will be watching to see how Brazilians and especially Brazilian Freemasons will respond to this assault of democratic principles.
NB: This addendum is essential, since perhaps unsurprisingly, a few have already attempted to critique this post suggesting that I am blinded by leftest thinking and writing in support of a political figure they abhor and consider guilty of all evil in the world. Personally, I have no allegiance to Dilma. I am not allied to any Brazilian political institution nor to any international political movements. If she is corrupt, she should be voted out of office, and if her opponents have enough support, they should push for earlier elections. However, the only reason this impeachment has been pushed through is to aid a blatant attempt to steal the control of government away from the people, and to effect a Coup d’Etat. I am less concerned with who is in office than I am with how they get there. This is no way to do it, and if Dilma was perceived as corrupt, then replacing her with yet more corrupt individuals does not serve the public good.