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The Speech the President of Brazil Should Have Made PDF Print E-mail
2013 - July 2013
Written by Cristovam Buarque   
Monday, 08 July 2013 15:47

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff"Young people of Brazil, young men and women:

"We were wrong. Forgetting your dreams, we all made mistakes, all of us who received your mandate to govern Brazil well. All of us, we politicians and our parties, made mistakes. But, I must admit that those who erred the most were those of us who have been governing Brazil for the last 10 years. As your president, I myself was even more in error.

"As the world's 6th largest economy, we erred by being the nation rated 88th in education; by allowing Brazil to be the world's most violent country that is not at war; by always prioritizing the private — especially private transportation — to the detriment of the public; by tolerating corruption and not successfully punishing the corrupt.

"We erred by consuming the present without investing in the future; by leaving all the youth without dreams of utopia for their country and by leaving some of them without the attention essential to their present needs; by putting together administrations of accords, apportioning out the political posts without always utilizing the most capable.

"We were wrong, and we have to thank those of you who headed into the streets to show your indignation with the political reality of Brazil. We will err even more if we do not understand that two million people in the streets cannot accept less than a revolution.

"I believe — and I would like to hear your opinion on this — what we have now is not a socioeconomic revolution, like the one that, some decades ago, brought me into the streets and into even more radical struggles. For me, the economy and the society were in need of serious readjustments, of an inversion of priorities, but the revolution for which you are heading to the streets lies in the subversion of the present political structure.

"To make a revolution in politics so that our leaders will be aware of the volition and necessities that are in the soul of the people, and so that those who execute our laws will have the merit necessary to occupy the diverse positions with the competence that the modern state demands.

"As the president of Brazil, this is how I feel, but I want to hear you, to be aware of what you are thinking, I am asking that you choose and send me interlocutors, none of them with a monopoly, I will hear all the voices and not only that of my political party and my base of support. When the people put two million protesters in the streets, the head of state cannot remain blindly restricted to his or her supporters and advisers.

"On Monday I shall even submit to the Congress the proposal to hold an exclusive constitutional convention to define the legal boundaries of a revolution in politics. Before going into effect, these constituents' proposal will be submitted to a plebiscite to determine if it is in accord with what the people desire. I shall also require that my ministers completely reanalyze the priorities of the governmental investments and expenditures, not only for the months that remain of my mandate but also for the future of our country.

"As someone who in my youth struggled like you for a better Brazil, I remain enthusiastic and grateful for the fact that history has placed before me the challenge of presiding over a country where two million people are in the streets protesting the accumulation of so many years of errors, especially those of my administration. Elected democratically, I now must go beyond the election and adjust to the will of the people. Challenges like this permit a head of state to go down in history, not only as an administrator of an inheritance received, but as a statesperson of the future to be constructed.

"I thank you not only for sounding the alarm, but above all for the historical opportunity that you have offered me. I shall not stop listening to you; I shall not disappoint you. You can be certain that I will dedicate each instant that remains of my mandate to keeping informed of the times and of you.

"Thank you very much. Long live the democracy. Long live the Brazil that you want to construct."

Cristovam Buarque (CBUARQUE@senado.gov.br) is a professor at the University of Brasília and a senator (PDT-DF).

Translated by Linda Jerome (LinJerome@cs.com).



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written by João da Silva, July 08, 2013

A great article by Sen.Buarque. No wonder the folks in DF have been electing him repeatedly (as governor or Senator). Wish our Prez would cross the party lines and seek his suggestions as how to handle the current "situation".
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written by Nicholas (usa_male), July 09, 2013
"Wish our Prez would cross the party lines and seek his suggestions as how to handle the current "situation"."

It's not about party lines, joao, it's about the mindset of Dilma, wich is similar to mr Sen.Buarque. Forget about Party lines/ political parties because we both know that most Brazilians don't care much / aren't obsessed about political labels as for example in the United States. It is a great article.
Nicholas (usa_male)
written by João da Silva, July 10, 2013

It's not about party lines, joao, it's about the mindset of Dilma, wich is similar to mr Sen.Buarque. Forget about Party lines/ political parties because we both know that most Brazilians don't care much / aren't obsessed about political labels as for example in the United States. It is a great article.


Great comment, Nick. Especially regarding the majority of the Brasilians don't care much about the parties. The majority of the protestors I personally know share our viewpoints!

When you said both Sen.Buarque and Prez.Dilma have the same mindset, what exactly did you mean?

BTW, tomorrow (11th) is a big day and many of us are waiting to see if the "movement" is going to be hijacked by the "politicos" (right or left).smilies/smiley.gif
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written by asp, July 10, 2013
yeah...dont go out...dont try to do some business..especialy if you need a bus to get around
Reply to Joao da Silva
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 11, 2013

I agree with you Joao, very good article by Senator Cristovam Buarque.

Why Senator Cristovam Buarque doesn't run for president in 2014?

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Reply to Joao da Silva
written by Ricardo C. Amaral, July 11, 2013

I agree with you Joao, very good article by Senator Cristovam Buarque.

What is stopping Senator Cristovam Buarque from running for president in 2014?

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Ricardo Amaral
written by João da Silva, July 11, 2013

I agree with you Joao, very good article by Senator Cristovam Buarque.


Hi Ricardo. You are yet to comment on the "Protests"! I am curious to know your viewpoints.

As for Sen.Buarque running for President in 2014, it is too early to say. Marina Silva is a big contender, though!
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written by asp, July 11, 2013
well, here is d day...and , in our city, what have you got?

first, kudos to comcap workers for the right way to express their greivances, marching on the side of the road, not stopping trafic, they gathered peacefully and they get my attention with their cause, they certainly deserve a raise

then, i see the syndicate leader of the buses and he and some of his colleagues are responsible for calling these frequent and very cruel bus strikes...he sais he is a socialist and is for "the worker to get rights over the BOURGEUOISE.." i mean what the f**k, the people in charge of making peoples lives , who depend on public transportation, you know the real people, miserable, are stuck in marxist rhetoric and just could care less about the needs of the real people....why dont these people take their greivances right to the doors of the owners and make a big stink there, but keep the buses running for the people?

this is some real bulls**t with taking the real people hostage, and the bus user has been the most vulnerable and abused in all this pseudo crud....

i say you are darn real the workers need a fair wage and an on going diologue with owners and the government needs to put preasure on both sides to settle the agreement fast and not put the average citizen at the mercy of these fringe student/teacher/ syndicate falling into the pseudo left dance and take everyone hostage in their confrontational protests, especialy when we see comcast workers know how to do it right

its funny, im not a big pt fan, but, i dont condemn them because i saw they could make good changes happen in brazil, and,im not a big dilma fan, but, im not against her, and, i want her to do good in office and get her agendas over, but,i dont like to see these protests that stop everything and confront authority, undermine her time in office...people can bring attention in the right way...people who gum up the works and stop the buses and stop services, are in their own little dream world.....and they really ought to be protesting against violence in all this....they are on the campus in our city, but, its just in the background lost in the shuffle of glamor protests against any bus fare at all...
asp
written by João da Silva, July 11, 2013

its funny, im not a big pt fan, but, i dont condemn them because i saw they could make good changes happen in brazil, and,im not a big dilma fan, but, im not against her, and, i want her to do good in office and get her agendas over


This comment of yours made me to LMAF, ASP. Top of the wall comment. ie like typical diplomats.smilies/smiley.gifsmilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gif I wonder why the the state department hasn't hired ya yet as its Ambassador for MERCOSUL.smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/grin.gif

Today's protests by the PT affiliated unions were a big bust, as you might have read. Nick is right. The Brasilians (including the Class C) aren't interested in political bickering. They want action!

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written by Candly, July 16, 2013
Thank you for sharing. Your post worth of reading. Waiting for new posts. buyincoins
The Speech tThe President of Brazil Should Have Made PDFPrintE-mail 2013 - July 2013
written by DRRao, September 12, 2013
It is an inspiring speech written by Cristovam Buarque (CBUARQUE@senado.gov.brr) a professor at the University of Brasília and a senator (PDT-DF).Translated by Linda Jerome (LinJerome@cs.com).
It is patriotically emotional.

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