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A towel with a politician’s face is a symbol of democratic decline

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A towel with a politician's face is a symbol of democratic decline

In 2006, a decision was made to ban many symbols of our democracy who are still in their teens from participating in elections. Shows were banned, as well as key chains, caps, pens, gifts in general. Even the adviser’s shirt, known as a contraceptive, did not escape the wave of bans.

There was no shortage of experienced people to warn that the rule would be harmless enough to moralize campaign finance in the face of the Mensalao scandal.

There were several punning voices saying that the election would turn from a pro-democracy party into a pro-democracy commemoration, given the required dose of seriousness.

Law no. 11300/2006 states that “during an election campaign, it is prohibited to produce, use, distribute by a committee, a candidate or with their permission T-shirts, key chains, caps, pens, gifts, basic baskets or any other goods or materials that may provide an advantage to the voter.“(emphasis mine)

It’s a simplistic premise, with little to do with reality, to assume that all the freebies and even the demo mice brought votes to the candidate who provided them. People are more complex.

We have a plague of vote buying, so the basic food basket is in law, reminding us that there are those who take advantage of human misfortune. However, this does not mean that the T-shirt or the show wins votes.

The pre-election time tradition was to go to all the performances and, if necessary, put on all the shirts and raise all the flags to see the performers.

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After that, our moms decided which T-shirts would become pajamas and which ones would go straight to the floor, depending on political preferences or the availability of sleepwear in the family.

The thing is, no one took these things very seriously. Political symbols can have an affective meaning depending on who gave them to you and under what circumstances. They were a symbol of that action, not something limited in the object itself, which would have been commonplace.

The man wore a Diretas Já shirt, remembering an important personal memory, a PT star given by someone significant, a symbol that everyone used during the march when friends were united and believed in a better future.

We have gone from the moment when the priority was people and the dream of the future of the country, to the moment when the symbol of consumption is an end in itself.

It was the union of high technology and informality at work with populism that brought us the towels of political idols. In the last elections, Jair Bolsonaro’s T-shirts were the fever.

Now they have started making towels, a technological advancement in cloth printing. Lula had her national debut on Lolapalooza as Pablo Vittar. The Lulismo symbol was created there, which sellers are also trying to offer to Bolsonarists and even cirists, but with much less hype and success.

Lying on the imprint of the face of your favorite politician is something very far from the concept of democracy. Wipe yourself on it, I think, even more so.

This past weekend, Mac Naninha extrapolated the creativity of using a towel by singing “Dou prá Velho” while swaying on stage while two assistants picked up Lula’s towel right behind her.

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Party or candidate symbols are no longer just a sign of an important moment or a people’s dream. They have become a form of expression and identity.

This suggests that these candidates, in the opinion of those who use the symbols, are able to fulfill their dreams and aspirations by representing the image that these people want to convey.

But don’t these people have the right to want it and do it? Of course yes. They also enjoy the right to move further and further away from the concept of liberal democracy.

These are symbols that perpetuate in the popular imagination the notion that the human figure represents the will of the people. It is known in democracies that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

There will be no towel to clean up the mess we make.

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FBI search causes political storm and could speed up Trump’s re-election

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Hours after it was revealed that the FBI raided his residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, Donald Trump posted a campaign video on his Pravda social network, fueling rumors that he was preparing to announce his re-election to the presidency.

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Donald Trump says he is a “victim” of the FBI. Republicans talk about political attack

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Donald Trump says he is a "victim" of the FBI.  Republicans talk about political attack

Donald Trump says he is a “victim” of the FBI. Republicans talk about political attack

After the FBI ransacked the home of the former President of the United States, early Monday morning Donald Trump, several family members and members of the Republican Party point to illegal police actions and “political persecution.”

“After working and cooperating with the relevant government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home is inappropriate,” Donald Trump said in a statement, accusing Democratic rivals of using the U.S. Department of Justice as a weapon to stop him from doing so. run in the 2024 presidential election.

The children of the former president also spoke out in favor of Trump. Eric and Donald Junior say the FBI’s investigation is worthy of a “third world country” and a “banana republic.”

Former Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo believes in a conspiracy against a businessman and political leader: “Overt politicization of the DOJ/FBI is shameful. The Attorney General must explain why these searches delayed justice for 250 years.”

Rep. Ronnie Jackson even says the FBI has “officially become an enemy of the people.”

The FBI is led by Christopher Ray, who was appointed by Donald Trump in 2017. Officially, investigators have not yet commented on the searches, but US media sources indicate that Donald Trump could have taken confidential documents from the White House without permission.

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On political crime and criminal policy – 08.08.2022 – Opinion

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The escalation of violence that has engulfed the political arena has taken another victim. The birthday party, which had former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) as its theme, ended tragically after a political antagonist intruded and fired a gun, killing the birthday boy. A police spokesman in the case said it was not a political crime.

And how is a murder with a clearly political motive not a political crime? Sometimes there are such things in the law: it has its own logic. This “magic” created by the codes is not always pleasant, but this time we must give a justification to the law.

Attributing a crime to a political one is not limited only to the motivation of the perpetrator, but also to the actual or potential consequences of the action. Thus, it takes a crime to endanger national sovereignty, democracy, territorial integrity, or the head of any of the Union powers. The gruesome murder may have been politically motivated, but the perpetrator’s intended consequences were limited to the party and its members.

There is no rule relating exclusively to political motivation; thus, this type of motivation corresponds to the concept of abomination, which, in the language of criminal law, is a particularly heinous and heinous crime. Since murder qualifies as hooliganism, the crime is punished more severely. Thus, there is no political crime, but there is a crime in politics.

Besides the issue of the infamous crime in politics, there is another dimension, much more complex, that deserves attention: the politics of crime.

The aggressor was reportedly traveling with his wife and child when he fell out with his political opponents. He left them both safely and returned for a rematch. From the killer’s point of view, he was definitely not a killer, but a patriot or some sort of hero against a villain.

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The Manichaean understanding of life, projected into politics, allows for family conflicts, broken friendships, and even marriages, which have been widely reported. Exposing yourself as the bearer of absolute truth allows you to confront the enemy as a hero who must defeat the villain. This kind of absolute contraction is characteristic of religions whose dogmas are guided by love, mercy and tolerance.

Politics, on the other hand, has other dogmas, as it is a stage for disputes over power and ideas. Presenting oneself as the holder of sacred truth outside the religious scene is usually the fuel for the generality of historical atrocities. The politics of crime is born only in the absence of minimum cultural and educational standards, replacing persuasion with knowledge.

There is no other way to suppress criminal politics than to reconsider one’s own convictions, to make room for listening to the opinions of others, no matter how much one wants to convince the other of one’s opinions. In politics, as in science, belief is the worst enemy of consensus, and without a minimum of consensus, there is no nation, only a handful of people shooting at each other.

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