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There Is Only One Cure: Politics

07/08/2013 09:30 am 09:30:59 | Updated Sep 07, 2013

For the ills of Polis, politics is always the remedy, even when it is also the disease.

The only cure for politics, whatever the stage of the anomaly, is more politics.

The voice from the streets, usually seen as the rejection of politics, is nothing more than its primal scream.

Even those who serve the standard anti-politics are participating in the oldest and most dishonest forms of political action: false moralism. See the raging sea and cast your net hoping not to calm it, but to hook some shoals.

It is a necessary caution of the bullies of the revolt. Anti-politics, which criminalizes the policy to command it, always empties into a dictatorship -- i.e., nothing more than politics in its most odious and outdated manifestation.

Brazil has already lived through that experience a few times; it had already tired of populism and authoritarianism, the consequence being the tainting and demoralizing of institutions. Brazil knows that there are no solutions out there, but only more problems.

From the streets we hear what is needed: an end to demagoguery and dishonesty, Protestors are demanding an end to the poor quality of public services, transport, health, education, security, justice-the corruption of public officials, the fears of high inflation.

They aren't asking for a revolution but for decency.

We talk about scattered dissatisfaction. By extracting from the slogans, we arrive at the villain of the history: the state-there understood the three powers, who actually deserve what they are getting.

After all, we speak of a Congress disconnected from the popular will, political leaders challenged by their constituents, the poor quality of public services and drawn out Justice.

The legislature is always with the greatest burden, not because it is the worst, but the most transparent. And it is the least problematic, since, every four years, it can be changed and renewed at the polls.

The executive branch only renews the presidency, state and municipal governments -- but not their bureaucratic status which is largely created by political parties.

The judiciary, in turn, is renewed very slowly, given the tenure of the offices.

It seems apparent to me, therefore, that this power must also hear the voice of the streets. Not to revere the representative screams, but to listen to what is at the core value, which is the observance of the Rule of Law.

While lawmakers and the heads of executives have their names and photos published daily in the newspapers and are pointed out in the streets, members of the judiciary are an unknown population.

If there weren't intense coverage of a trial of the monthly stipend, indeed the Federal Supreme Court (STF) would savor anonymity.

Impunity is the expression most perverse of injustice. And this is not a recent phenomenon. This debate been with us for over a century and is still with us today.

Has anything changed? The streets know it hasn't.

When politics goes bad, the people do not feel represented by the political parties, and this needs to change. But in Brazil, today, no power is able to listen to the other.

We cannot, however, look at our history as fatalism. We can and must change what has not been working.

The past does not exist to oppress our intelligence, but warn us about errors that have been committed and educate and prepare us to move towards the future.

Sail in the same waters, polluted and murky. Sanitation requires humility, common sense and joint action for the sole paragraph of Article 1 of the Constitution -- "all power emanates from the people" -- is honored.