Thursday, July 06, 2023

Brazil Rigs Another Election

Far-right former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was barred Friday from running for office again until 2030 after a panel of judges concluded that he abused his power and cast unfounded doubts on the country’s electronic voting system.

The decision upends the 68-year-old’s political future and likely erases any chance for him to regain power.

Wow, complain about the election, and he is barred from running. Meanwhile, the current president was convicted and sentenced to 9 years, before being sprung by politically friendly judges.

Liberals used to be pro-free-speech. It is funny to hear them praise this as pro-democracy. It is funny to also see them attack the US Supreme Court for saying that a web site designer does not have to present opinions with which he disagrees.

Some point out that the web site case was fake. Maybe so, but Colorado really was prosecuting bakers and others for refusing to express an opinion. The courts routinely strike down laws based on a chilling effect to free speech.

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