Doral, Florida - We have already noted the lawlessness of Democrats and their weaponization of the administrative state. See: https://miamiindependent.com/trump-in-versailles/. Now we see that Democrats are trying to turn America into the same kind of banana republic that many people in South Florida fled.
At the end of last month, the press reported that the judges of the Superior Electoral Court of the Federal Republic of Brazil, based in its capital of Brasilia, voted five to two to ban former President Jair Bolsonaro, who lost re-election last year, from running for public office until 2030, when he will be 75 years old. The majority of judges ruled that Bolsonaro had abused his power during the electoral campaign last year when he made claims questioning the integrity of voting machines. They found these claims unfounded and baseless. The minority judges opined that he had the right to freely express his opinion. This ruling may be appealed to the federal supreme court.
Bolsonaro also faces more than a dozen other lawsuits and prosecutions, including one alleging that he encouraged attacks on the capital’s government center by his disappointed supporters on January 8, 2023, right after his opponent’s inauguration. See: https://www.npr.org/2023/06/30/1185364211/brazil-bolsonaro-court-banned-election.
Sounds familiar, right?
On the same day the press reported that Maria Corina Machado, one of the favorites to win the opposition’s presidential primary in Venezuela during October this year, was banned from holding public office for 15 years, when she will be 70 years old. This ruling was made by the country’s Controller General, at the request of a national legislator from the ruling socialist party. This administrator based the ban on Machado’s support for sanctions by the United States against the socialist government, and her support for a former opposition leader and alternative president.
Machado may still run in the opposition primary this year, but if she wins that, then she is banned from running in the presidential election next year. She is generally a libertarian and supports the privatization of the national oil company, PDVSA. See: https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/venezuela-opposition-candidate-machado-barred-holding-office-govt-2023-06-30/. The courts in Venezuela were packed a few years ago by the socialist government, so there is little hope of appealing this administrative order.
These two examples of the lawlessness and weaponization of the administrative state in Latin America reflect exactly what Democrats are trying to do to Donald Trump here in America. The main issues in next year’s presidential election in America will be not only personalities, policies and execution, but also opposition to this kind of abuse of power by the administrative state.
After the results of the midterm elections last year, I despaired of Trump’s political skills, and moved to support Governor DeSantis. See: https://miamiindependent.com/viewpoint-response-to-midterm-elections-dont-back-no-losers/. However, DeSantis hesitated in launching his campaign after his inauguration, and instead got bogged down in the state legislative session, with results not as conservative as advertised. DeSantis is a conservative social warrior, but he has neglected to propose an economic program for growth and prosperity.
Then Trump rebounded with his courageous response to the unfair prosecutions and lawsuits launched against him by Democrats. See: https://miamiindependent.com/the-trump-train-is-roaring-back/. As a result, the spirit of the times (zeitgeist, as they say in German) requires that anyone who loves freedom and despises the totalitarian tyranny of the administrative state must support the Trumpster, warts and all.
In 2024 it will be: “Trump or Tyranny!”