21 September 2015

Ode to Brazil

It's hard to sit down and explain,
What to 'zilians has caused so much pain,
Because like it or not,
This country was Hot!
But is now just the butt of disdain.

We are having enormous disruption,
Due to various schemes of corruption,
There are kickbacks like crazy,
On details I'm hazy,
But we're pelted with no interruption.

It all started with President Lula,
Who behaved like a helluva rulah,
He started the graft,
And his cronies all laughed,
And now he is rolling in moolah.

He passed it all on to Miss Dilma,
Who has not yet been caught on a filma,
But she's fast losing ground,
Her speeches confound,
Some say, Give her the axe!
And she says, Raise the tax!
Pretty soon it'll be, "Good-bye, Dilma!"

'Cause the schemes in once-proud Petrobras,
Have been one solid kick in the ass,
From kickbacks to bribes,
It's too much to describe,
We are in a depression, en masse.

Oh, my wonderful, dear, sweet Brazil,
We are all still so full of goodwill,
You've got Judge Moro's squad,
So go squash all that fraud!
Understanding the battle's uphill.

Judge Sérgio Moro — hated by some, feared by many, beloved by the rest of us!


  1. Her speeches confound. Brilliant!

    Hey, what are your feelings towards the way the press covers politics here in Brazil?

    My feeling is that they create crime novels and convict suspects way before strong evidence is available. They are not very responsible or careful enough to make distinctions between facts and speculation. Their contribution for a clear understanding of these corruption schemes is too often negative, in my opinion.

    1. Well, that's a very interesting question you bring up. I believe that the Brazilian press is under the same pressures now that press all around the world is thanks to the Internet, in that stories are being reported instantaneously, almost as fast as the news is being made. So the reports are by definition full of speculation and rumor and incorrect facts. I try to take every news report I read or hear with a huge grain of salt, and then — if the subject is of real interest — I wait for the more carefully-researched follow- up. (Only thing I'll complain about here is that Brazil is kind of weak on the follow-up stories.)

      By the way, thanks for that Alain de Botton quote on the "Madame President" blog, that helps a bit!