A professor at Iowa State is sad because Brazil’s socialist president overreached and is about to be thrown out of office.
What’s sad is this gal is a professor teaching political science. She doesn’t seem to know much of anything.
“Smith says what’s happening in Brazil reflects a fundamental misunderstanding by many lawmakers of how the country’s democratic institutions work.”
Oh, academics in their ivory towers.
Umm, isn’t impeachment part of Brazil’s constitution? Isn’t this really up to the legislators, who are, after all, elected themselves?
Checks and balances, including the right to impeach and remove leaders, is essential to representative government. It’s an important part of the framework of any government.
“This is a moment in which those of us who care about Brazilian democracy should be sad.”
It’s up to the legislature to determine, not a nosy assistant professor half a world away.
“In my opinion, the way many deputies who voted for impeachment celebrated the vote was unseemly. Even if a president deserves impeachment, one should treat the matter with dignity and gravitas.”
Her political opponents won and celebrated the victory. Big deal! Get over it, Smith! Too bad we can’t impeach preachy professors with no real world experience.