Tuesday, October 07, 2014

A truly vibrant Democracy: Brazil has what the USA lacks, an impressive Workers Party

The Workers' Party (PortuguesePartido dos Trabalhadores, PT) is a centre-left political party in Brazil. Launched in 1980, it is recognized as one of the largest and most important left-wing movements of Latin America. It governs at the federal level in a coalition government with several other parties since January 1, 2003. After the 2010 parliamentary election, PT became the largest party in the Chamber of Deputies and the second largest in the Federal Senate for the first time ever. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the President with the highest approval rating in the history of the country, is PT's most prominent member. His successor, Dilma Rousseff, is also a member of PT; she took office on January 1, 2011. The party's symbols are the red flag with a white star in the center; the five-pointed red star, inscribed with the initials "PT" in the center; and the Workers Party' s anthem. Workers' Party's TSE (Supreme Electoral Court) Identification Number is 13.

Both born from the opposition to the military dictatorship, PT and the Social Democracy Party are since the mid-1990s the biggest adversaries in contemporary Brazilian politics, with their candidates finishing either first or second on the ballot on the last five presidential elections. Both parties generally prohibit any kind of coalition or official cooperation with each other. (Wikipedia)

Related: Another World is Possible: The Rise of the Brazilian Workers Party

JG: there is lesson here for the people of the United States. As long as we keep on voting for the candidates of the two branches of The Capitalist Party, things will keep going from bad to worse in the USA. The Brazilian Workers Party has lifted 36 million people out of poverty in Brazil. That will never happen here with the parties of Dubbya or El Negrito.

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