Sorry, Says Lula, I’m No Leftist Anymore

    Brazilian President Luiz Lula da Silva announced  that he no longer belongs to the "left" and with the passing of time his political positions have moved further to the center.

    "I think it is part of the human specie’s evolution: if you’re in the right you move a bit towards the left and whoever belongs to the left gradually becomes a social-democrat", said the former trade union leader turned president and who was one of the founders in 1980 of Brazil’s Workers Party, Latinamerica’ strongest and largest organized left wing organization.

    Mr. Lula da Silva made the confession during a party Monday night when he was named as one of the personalities of the year 2006 by Brazilian weekly magazine Isto í‰.

    "And there’s no other possible explanation: if a very adult person, old age considers itself belonging to the left, it’s because he has problems", said the president signaling his head and pocket.

    "And if a young person is from the right, it’s because he also has many problems", added the president to the applause and cheers of the audience made up of businessmen, bankers and politicians.

    President Lula da Silva was re-elected last October 29 and defined his "political evolution", justifying his close relationship and political alliance, following decades of confrontation, with Delfim Netto who was Brazil’s Finance minister from 1968 to 1974, under the military dictatorship.

    The former metal worker who became a union leader and politician in the late seventies organizing strikes and work stoppages against the military dictatorship revealed that at the age of 61 he has managed to achieve "the right balance, the mid path which is through where society and any community must advance".

    "Things tend to flow in line with the advance of grey hair and responsibility", argued the Brazilian leader.

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    • Mks


      Thank God that he`s seeing sense in what Leftist politics do to a country…just look at Cuba, Venezuela…Socialism just won`t work…only if it were with robots as the politicians and robots as the people.

    • brian

      hey – most of the rest of the world recognize that he does the only realistic thing – providing a stable economy – and then taking money in through taxes to make social reform – a total leftist economic policy has been tried many places and the poor remain….poor

    • joao heringer

      Brazil copies USA in everything they do. USA elects a lying idiot for president and Brazil does the same.

    • Steve

      Lula & Bush… Pretty similar political garbage
      Look at US President, George Bush… He was full of shit, and still is. The joke is he got re-elected in 2004.
      Look at Lula… He was full of shit, and still is. He got re-elected this year – over Alckmin (who would have done a better job).

    • ch.c.

      hey hey…what a crook !
      He got Brazilians, cheated and betrayed them for a second time….right after his re-election !!!!!
      But he made you believe that he was a true leftist with his populist rethorics……for months….while campaining !!!!!

      As to his arguments of being more to the left or right…..depending of age….just make no sense at all !!!!!!!!! Look at Pires….this idiot, aged 80 and Alencar aged 75 for vice president more in the USA for surgeries than fit for his job !!!!

      Well done Lula, he got the vote of all the idiots for a second time !!!!

      At the end he is not as stupid as I thought !!!!!!! Laugh….laugh…laugh !

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