What our political pendulum tells us is that we the people are neither hard right nor hard left, if every now and then an exemplar of either wins favor long enough to remind us of this fact. What we are is a nation of sensible sorts, most of whom come home each day to rest where the pendulum do. May the victors, both Democrat and Republican, remember this fact and keep it close to their conscience.
If opposition candidate Aecio Neves wins Brazil’s Oct. 26 runoff election — a possibility that virtually no pollster is ruling out — South America’s biggest country would “de-politicize” its foreign policy and end 12 years of preferential ties with Venezuela, Argentina and other leftist governments, top aides to Neves say.
With Brazil's presidential race days away, a whiff of something new is in the air. If the pollsters are right, Dilma Rousseff, the once-favored incumbent and a protege of the legendary Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, is in trouble, and along with her, a political dynasty.
Before every World Cup match in Brazil, the players lined up in front of a banner that read, “Say No to Racism.” The message was particularly directed toward the soccer stadiums of Europe, where there have been many instances of racial taunting and physical aggression by hostile fans against African and other black players.
Unless Brazil — the region's largest economy — takes serious measures to encourage investments and become more competitive in the world economy, and Venezuela and Argentina make a serious U-turn from their disastrous spending sprees of the past decade, my guess is the region will barely grow over the next two years.