Its been around two months since I last posted here. Wow, time really flies by quickly! I've been super busy with school, leaving me with little time to myself, but its Thanksgiving weekend here in The States, and I figured now that I have a little free time (at 1:35 on a Saturday night) that I would post here and try and reconnect with my readers.
Since the last time I wrote, Dilma has been reelected as preside-anta of Brazil for another four years. I'm deeply disappointed in this. To be honest, it makes me think that Brazil going down the wrong path ideologically, and that the population (or, the 52% who voted for Dilma) are a lost cause. I will never understand how Brazilians are content with Dilma. Sure, she throws money at poor families. It's not even that much money…but the poor will take what they can get. I guess a few reais is worth it to the uneducated masses…the few extra reais must be worth living in a country with a completely outdated business law, with a completely ridiculous penal code, and a place where the media is censored so that Dilma always looks like a saint even though she's a thug chess piece of the PT.
The extra few reais must be worth living in a country where over 50,000 people are murdered every year. The extra few reais must be worth living in a country with terrible public education, bad health system in many regions, with no infrastructure in many locations…..it must be worth living in a country that is DESTROYING any natural assets it may have left (kiss the Amazon goodbye, Dilma prefers cows, soy and termite mounds to water and air), the few extra reais must be worth the billions of dollars hemorrhaging from Brazil that middle class Brazilians spend in the US buying bad quality goods for cheaper than in Brazil…..I could go on, but I won't.
Basically, the next four years in Brazil are going to suck. Unfortunately, the country is pretty much divided as Aécio and Dilma were neck to neck (a probable Dilma rigging pushed her over the edge, causing her to win), but the majority elected her. So those people deserve the stagnation, violence, insecurity and the environmental holocaust that Brazil will be for the next few years.
It makes me want to cry. I used to have high hopes for Brazil. The country will always be in my life, mainly because I've grown into a man and Brazil has played a big role in that. I'll always be extremely connected to Brazil and Brazilians culturally, romantically and pretty much every other way. But as of right now, I don't have much hope for Brazil. I think, at least, for the next few years, we can expect more people we know to be robbed at gunpoint (hopefully not murdered in the process), we can expect more people to be unemployed, and we can expect more catastrophic droughts that paralyze cities of 23 million people, like the current situation in São Paulo. We can expect to lose more of the Amazon and the water that comes with it. But hell! We'll have a shitload of soy!!!!! Soy sauce instead of water? Sounds good to Dilma and the majority of Brazilians.
I still plan on making my way back to Brazil, but dang Brazil…..you really, really are disappointing me.