When Did Popular Government Fall Out of Favor With the Left?

First a definition from Black’s Law Dictionary. What is POPULAR GOVERNMENT?

The name that is given to the government that is controlled by the people by election of executives and legislators.

But whenever an election doesn’t go exactly the way the Left wants it to go, suddenly it is no longer a popular government, but they slap on the pejorative term, “populist.”

The didn’t like Brexit. (Which politicians of all stripes have struggled to derail.) There was the 2017 Austrian election. There was the referendum in Macedonia about the EU and NATO this past October. The current government of Italy also qualifies for the technocrats’ ire.

These are just the things I can pull out of memory, (though I had to look up what month the Macedonian referendum took place). But then, I do pay attention to politics that are outside of the US. (Does anybody remember from history class how we got involved in WWI or WWII?) And now the latest one is Brazil’s election of Jair Bolsonaro.

But Brazil’s new leader, Jair Bolsonaro, a man whose nickname back home is the “Trump of the Tropics,” stepped in to take up the populist mantle on Tuesday.

So what makes him “populist?” He represents the people of Brazil before he bows to the bureaucrats in the UN or elsewhere. He’s withdrawn from the UN Migration Pact, and canceled the UN Climate Conference that was to be held in Brazil, (it may have been scheduled for another venue, I really don’t care.) He hasn’t withdrawn from the Paris accords – but he is acting like it is his intention to ignore them. He keeps talking about expanding the economy, which make the environmentalists quake in their boots.

But the real reason that they hate him?

“We represent a turning point in the eyes of the Brazilian people — a turning point in which ideological bias will no longer take place,” Mr. Bolsonaro said in a brief address to a packed room, which was greeted with perfunctory applause. “Our motto is, ‘God above all things.’”

They can’t have that! Nothing can be acknowledged to be more important than government.

You would think that people attending The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting would be happier about leaders who want to expand economic activity, but you would be wrong. Because they are all Davos Men.

Davos men and Davos women choose to see themselves as totally international – they don’t align themselves with a national identity. In fact, they view national borders as pointless and obtrusive, and they see individual national governments as a thing of the past, something that is vanishing as we move into a future of global cooperation. Davos men and women meet each year to discuss potential solutions to the world’s problems.

And if the populations of the world disagree, well then they will be ground under.

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You Say That Like It’s a Bad Thing

But then WaPo hates the idea of armed peasants. Amid a spike in slayings, Brazil’s president loosens restrictions on gun ownership.

Brazil tired the Leftist dream of disarming the populace. It became the most dangerous – in terms of murders committed – country in the world. Now they will try something else.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro signed a decree Tuesday loosening restrictions on gun ownership, a move that appeased his base but which critics say will worsen a crime wave that has already claimed thousands of lives.

Who are these critics? The same people who encouraged the disarming in the first place? Why should we listen to these critics (or the WaPo)?

NPR Advertises Itself As Providing a Deeper Understanding of the Issues

In reality, not so much the case. Case in point. Right-Wing Populist Jair Bolsonaro Sworn In As President Of Brazil.

First, anyone who isn’t as far left as Bill Clinton is always described as “Far Right.” But they never describe anyone as “Far Left.” (Of course that is the media as a whole, not just NPR.)

But they offer up this one bit of “information” with no context.

On Saturday, Bolsonaro tweeted that he would work to ensure every citizen without a criminal background can own a gun.

Horrors! They might have similar gun laws to the USA!

But they offer no context. Why would this resonate with the voting population of Brazil? Because while Brazil currently has some of the most Draconian gun control laws, they have a runaway crime (and murder) problem.

Where the USA has murder rate of 5.35 per 100,000 inhabitants, Brazil – with all those lovely gun control laws – has a murder rate 29.50. Say it again. With all the gun control that the Left and NPR just LOVE, Brazil has a murder rate 5.5 times greater than the US. Could it be that gun control doesn’t stop bad guys from having guns? Could it be that NPR doesn’t want to dwell on the subject, but only hit the high points that they know will trigger their audience?

Media bias? What media bias? Nothing to see her. Move along.

Brazil Moving Toward More Armed Citizens

First Bolsonaro gives the climate conference the heave-ho, and threatens to withdraw from the Paris Accord, now this. The New York Times is NOT happy. Brazil’s New Leader Wants to Ease Gun Laws. Supporters Are Ready, and Training.

For a population angered by the last few years of political and economic turmoil and worried by escalating violence, Mr. Bolsonaro’s vow to break with Brazil’s restrictive attitude toward weapons and make it easier for “good guys” to own guns was particularly resonant.

It’s almost like he isn’t a Leftist. (He’s not, and the NY Times is SO confused.)

Mr. Bolsonaro’s tough-on-crime stance helped catapult him to the head of a splintered race in a country reeling from a record-level epidemic of violence. Last year there were roughly 175 homicides per day in Brazil, according to the Brazilian Forum on Public Safety. Often simulating gunfire with his fingers at campaign rallies, Mr. Bolsonaro said he would combat the homicide epidemic by easing firearm laws and giving the police more freedom to shoot suspects.

“We have to stop this politically correct thing, saying that disarming everyone will make Brazil a better place — it won’t,” Mr. Bolsonaro said.

And for all of that, the NY Times HAS to call him “far right.” Funny how no one is ever “far Left” in the world view of NYT.

Jair Bolsonaro, Like Everyone the Media Doesn’t Like, is Labeled “Far-right”

Most Americans don’t follow world politics, so if you didn’t know that Brazil had itself a Presidential Election today, you aren’t alone. Jair Bolsonaro: Far-right candidate wins Brazil poll.

So why is Mr. Bolsonaro “Far-right” according to the BBC? He might appoint some generals to his cabinet. He has said some “mean” things. But I think the thing that really pisses off the Left is this. (I mean aside from the fact that he beat the Workers’ Party candidate.)

One of Mr Bolsonaro’s flagship campaign issues has been to increase security for Brazilian citizens. He has portrayed himself as a hardliner who will restore safety to Brazil’s streets.

He has indicated that his government will aim to relax laws restricting the ownership and carrying of guns.

That is NOT the approved globalist stance on individual ownership of firearms. Worse, if it works, if people are actually able to defend themselves and crime goes down (sort of like it did in Florida after the passage of “Shall Issue” concealed carry) then the whole narrative on guns might be called into question. Not that anyone is going to pay attention to what is happening in South America. (For example: When was the last time the MSM had a story about the conditions in Venezuela?)

Do I think he is a perfect candidate/leader? Of course not. But the last person who fit that bill was either Margaret Thatcher or Winston Churchill. (And I also couldn’t have voted for either of them.)

UPDATE: Under the heading of “Great Minds Think Alike,” The Other McCain has Brazil: ‘Far-Right’ Bolsonaro Wins

One of the things I despise most about the media’s liberal bias is the dishonest way they make it seem as if there is no such thing as the Left in politics, so that an extremist like Barack Obama — a companion of radical terrorist Bill Ayers, and a congregant at Jeremiah Wright’s anti-white, anti-Semitic, anti-American church — is normalized, whereas anyone who opposes such extremism is labeled “right wing.”