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 He’s withdrawn from the UN Migration Pact, and canceled the UN Climate Conference that was to be held in Brazil, (it may have been scheduled for another venue, I really don’t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 He hasn’t withdrawn from the Paris accords – but he is acting like it is his intention to ignore them.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.