While still-president Jair Bolsonaro leaves the motorcycles behind and focuses on military ceremonies, Bolsonarist groups continue to irresponsibly attack the elections and demand that journalists and experts be “as relentless” with president-elect Lula as they were with Bolsonaro. OK. That goes for any president. But it depends on how things go.
If a pandemic comes and Lula treats it like a “little flu”, criticizes those who are socially isolated as “sissy”, laugh at people dying without oxygen, work against vaccines and masks and advertise inappropriate medicine, Bolsonaristas can rest assured. Stick on it!
If Lula interferes politically in inspection and control bodies, attacks the Judiciary all the time and participates in coup acts, do not have the slightest doubt. Stick on it! If it promotes an amazing dismantling of the environment, education, health, culture, it goes without saying.
And let Lula come and curse the wife of the French president and the person in charge of Human Rights at the UN, clash head-on with the US of Joe Biden, China, Germany, France, Norway, Argentina, Chile… Hey! Journalists, diplomats, farmers, investors and the entire academy will… fall head over heels!
In other words: the government comes, the government goes, and the media continues in its role, which is to publicize and comment on facts and reactions, regardless of ideologies and parties. It was like this with Lula himself, Dilma Rousseff and Bolsonaro, a prodigy in speeches and reprehensible acts. And it will be again with Lula.
The moment is to follow the transition, the assembly of the government, the construction of a majority in Congress and of republican relations with the Judiciary. And when Lula disdains fiscal responsibility, the market, the country’s economists and, of course, the media, register. And they charge.
You just can’t treat presidents and unequal circumstances equally. The inheritance, this time, is really cursed and the big question is how to reconcile the urgencies of misery, hunger, health, education, environment, science and technology, culture with the lack of resources.
Universities, schools, Popular Pharmacy, school lunches, the National Vaccination Program, everything is in the bone. The repressed demand for care and treatment from the SUS is frightening, the Federal Police have no money even for a passport, debts with international organizations are astronomical.
We will have plenty of time to criticize the Lula government and the spotlight is already focused on detecting any indication of monthly payments and petrolão, but it is not possible to demand magic or charge Lula with faults that are not Lula’s. When they are, stick to it!