The Restoration of Portugal

Portuguese National Flag: borrowed from Here
Just like in 1640, on the 5th of June 2011 the Portuguese engaged in a life-changing political action: they restored Portugal - this time by ousting the Left and bringing the Right back to power. 
This time we have a Right Wing President and Government. It won’t be like in 2004 when the Socialist President, Jorge Sampaio, sabotaged our rightist administration by dissolving the parliament (in the midst of relevant reforms that could’ve prevented our present crisis) in a concerted political plot to put José Sócrates in power. 

I’d like to congratulate the 58.9% of the Portuguese Electorate for having fulfilled its electoral duty and for having respected the memory of those who fought for the right to vote.
To the remaining 41.1% who were “too busy” to vote, I say: shame on you and you are a sham! You call yourself a national citizen, you benefit from the country’s welfare, you pretend to be patriotic and then spit on the memory of the forefathers who fought for the right to be heard; who were tortured and killed for, and in the name of, Democracy.
No, politicians are not all the same and politics doesn’t have to be dirty – frankly, people who use this argument, not to cast a vote, are pitiful, embarrassing and disrespectful. 

PSD (centre-right, with 105 MPs) and CDS/PP ([Christian Democracy] right, with 24 MPs) have the majority and are now in place to begin fixing our crisis. 
PS (centre-left, with 73 MPs) left the nation in total bankruptcy. It lied to the parliament and to the electorate; it embellished the public finances; it forced the Portuguese Banks to buy Public Debt in lieu of pressing them to lend money to small and medium businesses (to avoid high rates of unemployment, for instance); it pushed Portugal into external aid and now the Right Wing Government has to abide to the Austerity Agreement PS signed with the IMF, ECB and the EU, while at the same time generating growth – it will be tricky, but PSD and CDS have the proper vision and technicians to do it. 
PCP (communists, with 16 MPs) and BE (far-left, with 8 MPs) still resist, but the aim (following the European example) is to obliterate them once and for all – for that to happen the Right must build the foundations to create jobs, increase the minimum wage (presently +/- €480 [+/- US$570]), generate wealth, pay back the IMF as quickly as possible and increase the number of the middle-class citizens. 

Before I go, I’d like to add 3 final things: 
  • Lisbon hadn’t elected PSD (founded by Sá Carneiro) for the past 35 years, but last Sunday it changed the course of history, by a sounding majority, when it chose Pedro Passos Coelho – congratulations!
  • Passos Coelho said “O PSD de Sá Carneiro está vivo e recomenda-se!” (Transl: Sá Carneiro’s PSD is alive and I recommend it”). Francisco Sá Carneiro had a vision for Portugal: Political Democracy (among other things, holding the government accountable for its actions); Economic Democracy (the predominance of the public interest over the private interests, meaning that the welfare of the Nation comes first); Social Democracy (assurance of the fundamental rights - health care, welfare - just and progressive fiscal policies) and Cultural Democracy (equal access to opportunities: education, culture and encouragement to individual culture expression). 
  • The present leader of the Conservative Party (PSD); Passos Coelho, finished his victory speech with the National Anthem – a clear call for the Nation to stand Tall, Proud and United to face the difficult times ahead and help the government to put Portugal back on track.

Comments

  1. Hi Max,

    Congrats Portugal. The last I heard was that Portugal was going to get a bailout. Did that happen yet?

    Hopefully a new government will begin to restore the country's economy and put Portugal on the road to recovery.

    Portugal Cheers!

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  2. Hi Lady A :D!

    "Congrats Portugal. The last I heard was that Portugal was going to get a bailout. Did that happen yet?"

    On behalf of Portugal: thank you *bowing*.
    Yes, Portugal has began to get a bailout: it has already received +/- €18 Billion [+/- US$12 Billion] (of a total of €78 Billion [+/- US$53 Billion]).

    "Hopefully a new government will begin to restore the country's economy and put Portugal on the road to recovery."

    Indeed...I wish the new government all the luck in the world, because it won't be easy and the Socialists will put in march their hypocrisy as the opposition (and I hope the new Gov. will not allow itself to get distracted).

    Lady A, thank you so much for your comment :D.

    Portugal Cheers

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  3. Hi Max,

    Congrats! Did you have anything to do with this? I bet, just a little bit........

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  4. Congratulations to the people of Portugal for proving that democracy wins.

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  5. Hi Mel :D!

    "Congrats! Did you have anything to do with this? I bet, just a little bit........ "

    On behalf of Portugal: thank you *bowing*!
    LOL LOL Mel, you are very generous: thank you :). I will tell you, though, that I contributed to the campaign (for the Right) through my Portuguese Blog...

    My dear friend, thank you so much for your comment :D.

    Cheers

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  6. Hi Rummy :D!

    "Congratulations to the people of Portugal for proving that democracy wins."

    On behalf of the country: thank you *bowing*!
    True, Democracy wins and that is why more and more people around the world are fighting for it :D.

    Rummy, thank you so much for your comment :D.

    Cheers

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  7. Olá Max,

    Congratulations to our country, no doubt!
    It was a long, superficial campaign (full of personal offenses and nearly void of substance) and for a second I thought that we would lose; but in the end Portugal made the best choice (it was a shame it didn't choose correctly in 2009 when it elected Sócrates for the second time, given the fact that he had already messed up in the first term...I will not mention the corruption rumours hovering over his head).

    I wish Passos Coelho all the best. And I hope he will pick up the pieces of this broken nation and set the pace to bring back the Portuguese glory.

    Like the great Fernando Pessoa, in the Message, said:

    "Quem te sagrou creou-te portuguez.
    Do mar e nós em ti nos deu signal.
    Cumpriu-se o Mar, e o Imperio se desfez.
    Senhor, falta cumprir-se Portugal!"

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  8. WoW...Portugal & the state of West Bengal in India has quite a few things in common...just last month the democratically elected Left governemnt here was ousted after 38 years of almost un-challenged rule after putting the state into shambles which was once considered the golden state of India and a popular saying was 'what Bengal thinks today, India thinks tommorrow', but then slowly and steadily the left governement managed to send this state to one of the back benchers today....But at onetime when it looked almost invincible, the people has finally turned to the right and we could already start seeing slowly the effects of change for the better.

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  9. Olá Ana :D!

    "Congratulations to our country, no doubt!"

    Em nome do nosso país: obrigada :)!

    "It was a long, superficial campaign (full of personal offenses and nearly void of substance) and for a second I thought that we would lose; but in the end Portugal made the best choice (it was a shame it didn't choose correctly in 2009 when it elected Sócrates for the second time, given the fact that he had already messed up in the first term...I will not mention the corruption rumours hovering over his head)."

    It was a long campaign indeed, but I never thought PSD would lose (despite the unpredictability of the Portuguese electorate). I too wished that issues had been more discussed but you know how things are: Socrates wanted to deflect the People's attention from his bad service to the nation and, unfortunately, PSD & CDS fell for it. We must commend the PCP and BE though...they address the problems of the nation non-stop (which worked in our favour, right lol?).

    "I wish Passos Coelho all the best. And I hope he will pick up the pieces of this broken nation and set the pace to bring back the Portuguese glory."

    I wish him the strength and focus needed to solve Portugal's crisis.

    Oh yes, the Portuguese still await for that national fulfilment...

    Ana, always a pleasure to have you here with us: thank you for your comment and for sharing Pessoa with us :D.

    Cheers

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  10. Hi Kalyan :D!

    "WoW...Portugal & the state of West Bengal in India has quite a few things in common...just last month the democratically elected Left governemnt here was ousted after 38 years of almost un-challenged rule after putting the state into shambles which was once considered the golden state of India and a popular saying was 'what Bengal thinks today, India thinks tommorrow', but then slowly and steadily the left governement managed to send this state to one of the back benchers today...."

    Wow indeed! I am glad the people of Bengali exercised democracy and ousted that bad government. Hopefully, after the Bengali example the popular saying will continue to be true "What Bengal thinks today, India thinks tomorrow" ;)...

    "But at onetime when it looked almost invincible, the people has finally turned to the right and we could already start seeing slowly the effects of change for the better."

    Amen, man!

    Kalyan, thank you so much for sharing the Bengali example with us :D.

    Cheers

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  11. My headaches when I read politics, so I'm keeping away from it for a while...

    just bloghopping...will be back soon! :)

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  12. Congratulations! We celebrated our Independence Day last Sunday. :)

    Hope everything is great with you. I'm doing great and I'm too excited for the coming of the twins. :)

    Take care sweetie! Kisses and hugs.

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  13. Max:

    Your post reads like a mirror for what is happening over here in the United States. In fact, with just a little plagiarism, I could easily copy your first few paragraphs, change a few words, and there it'd be, a sorrowful testament to a great country in distress.

    Thank you so much for your concern about my well being. I am fine. I have just been way too busy with other things to sit down and write. After all, there was life after Sasa Ooh Lala, and I long to tell the twisted tale. All I need is time. But it seems that when we get older, life does not necessarily get simpler. Stuff continues to happen.

    However, my friend, I see that your posts are just as stimulative as always. Great job.

    I assure you, I won't be gone forever. To quote our tired and humiliated governator,"I'll be back."

    Happy trails.

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  14. Wow, the absention rate is huge! I'm surprised, Europeans are usually into politics and typically take voting seriously.

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  15. Hey Mirage :D!

    "My headaches when I read politics, so I'm keeping away from it for a while..."

    LOL LOL it is understandable...

    "just bloghopping...will be back soon! :)"

    Please do be back soon; we will be more than delighted to have you here with us :D.

    Mirage, thank you so much for your comment :D.

    Cheers

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  16. Hi Liza :D!

    "Congratulations! We celebrated our Independence Day last Sunday. :)"

    On behalf of my nation: thank you. You did? Happy Independence Day, Liza :D.

    "Hope everything is great with you. I'm doing great and I'm too excited for the coming of the twins. :)"

    Everything is awesome, thanks. Awww, that is so cute: when is your daughter due? God Bless her and her twins :).

    Liza, thank you for having dropped by :D

    Hugs and Cheers

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  17. Swu!!!! Hello, man :D!

    Did I miss you or what?

    "Your post reads like a mirror for what is happening over here in the United States. In fact, with just a little plagiarism, I could easily copy your first few paragraphs, change a few words, and there it'd be, a sorrowful testament to a great country in distress."

    I see what you mean; but really...the US haven't experienced what Portugal has (thank God): 6 years of hardcore socialism that simply ruined the country's finances, not because it was fighting two wars, but because of mismanagement, corruption and irresponsability with public money *nodding*.

    "Thank you so much for your concern about my well being. I am fine. I have just been way too busy with other things to sit down and write. After all, there was life after Sasa Ooh Lala, and I long to tell the twisted tale. All I need is time. But it seems that when we get older, life does not necessarily get simpler. Stuff continues to happen."

    No need to thank me. You know what it is said: we are responsible for those we captivate :). I am so so glad you are fine, my friend.
    LOL oh I just loved Sasa's tale and I am looking forward to reading more; but take your time.
    I so know what you mean...

    "However, my friend, I see that your posts are just as stimulative as always. Great job."

    lol I try, Swu. Thanks :D.

    "I assure you, I won't be gone forever. To quote our tired and humiliated governator,"I'll be back." "

    Good! Oh yes, humiliated indeed...

    Swu, thank you so so much for having visited (you were really missed), it was nice to hear from you :D.

    Cheers

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  18. Hi Zhu :D!

    "Wow, the absention rate is huge! I'm surprised, Europeans are usually into politics and typically take voting seriously."

    It was huge. But you know the catch (I learned days after I produced this article)? The rate includes dead people...yeah, our precious socialist demissionary government did not bother to erase the names of deceased citizens from the electoral books - certainly to manipulate the numbers.
    Oh well, one more thing for the new government to solve...but taking the dead out, the absention rate would still be around 21%. Still too high.

    Europeans are into politics and take voting seriously; but the Portuguese have been reluctant to follow the example (mainly because they do not relate with the politicians [who are always the same]); perhaps one day things will change.

    Zhu, thank you so much for your input :D.

    Cheers

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