One of the best news in recent Brazilian politics is the rapprochement between Marina Silva and Rede Sustentabilidade with the PT in São Paulo. PT members need to engage in this process, starting with Lula.
Lula and the PT have been victims of a lot of dirty tricks in recent years. At other times, the PT got into fights in which both he and his opponents were to blame. In the fight with Marina Silva, it is different: it was the PT’s fault.
The 2014 campaign was very ugly, and, what is worse, it was a lie: all those low points were to accuse Marina of planning a very harsh economic adjustment. Dilma won and made a very tough economic adjustment.
Don’t get me wrong, I fully understand that politics is a contact sport. Sad politician with the other doesn’t enter the top 100 of the worst problems in the world.
Even so, it will be good for the Workers’ Party to hear Marina Silva again. Even if you don’t vote. It will be good for the soul of the party.
Marina Silva had a beautiful story in the PT. She came from Liberation Theology, she fought with the rubber tappers of Acre, she fought as a union opposition in the teachers’ union, she came from the PT when the party didn’t have a cent for electoral campaigns.
On the other hand, one of the PT’s greatest merits throughout its history was to have formed and launched politicians like Marina Silva, who would never have had a chance in traditional parties.
Ask root PTs like Tarso Genro or Patrus Ananias what they think of Marina Silva. Respect is great.
Marina Silva is, quite simply, the greatest environmental leader in the history of Brazilian politics. The drop in deforestation in the Amazon when Marina was Lula’s minister is as impressive as the drop in poverty rates over the same period.
Brazil was something else, my friend. Every now and then you’d hear William Bonner saying “numbers were released today…” and what came next was good news.
Furthermore, the attacks on Marina Silva were symptoms of a moment when the PT became aggressive because it did not know what else to do in the government.
The commodities supercycle had passed, the New Economic Matrix had gone awry, the 2013 protests had left the party disoriented, alliances were crumbling. PT had lost its way.
Getting closer to Marina Silva would be a good way to show that the party wants to resume the conversation from the point where she stopped being rational.
Some PT readers may protest: Okay, the 2014 campaign was bad, but after that Marina systematically opposed us. Filho, among the allies that Lula needs to win the election and, above all, govern from 2023 onwards, Marina Silva is not in the top 1,000 of those who most opposed the PT.
And very few among the other allies fought alongside Chico Mendes, fought in a union and put in the PT’s curriculum the best record of combating deforestation in the Amazon in Brazilian history.
To be honest, looking at the faces of some allies here, if they tell me that they flew over the Amazon naked throwing napalm and “Bolsonaro 2018” pamphlets, I wouldn’t doubt it.
Last week, the Sheet informed that Marina’s allies would like Lula to call their former minister to talk. If I were him, I would call. Even if no one asked.
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