Yet, differently from Trump, who has given priority to his evangelical advisers and expelled “strategist” Steve Bannon (an adherent of the Islamic occultist René Guénon, whom Trump termed basically as an “opportunist”), Bolsonaro has not given priority to evangelical advisers. He has given priority to Olavo de Carvalho, an old propagandist of Guénon in Brazil. Bolsonaro refuses to see any opportunism in him.
Silas Malafaia, an Assemblies of God televangelist who has become the most prominent evangelical personality in Brazil and mentioned in the U.S. media as the responsible for leading Brazilian evangelicals to support Bolsonaro, had this week recommended as minister of Education in Brazil Guilherme Schelb, who is an evangelical and an expert against Marxism and the gender ideology. Schelb was also supported by the Evangelical Parliamentary Caucus in the Brazilian Congress.
Carvalho recommended Colombian Ricardo Vélez Rodríguez.
Bolsonaro welcomed Carvalho’s recommendation.
This is the second major recommendation from Carvalho that Bolsonaro has accepted. The first one was of Ernesto Araújo as Foreign Minister, seen mistakenly as a “Trumpist,” even though his admiration for Trump has as a source the fact that he sees unfoundedly René Guénon and his occult ideas in Trump. He is a counterfeit Trumpist.
Is also Vélez a Trumpist?
For those who, like me, despise socialism, Vélez has several articles against socialism and specifically against the Workers’ Party, the socialist party that ruled Brazil from 2003 to 2016.
Just some samples, drawn from Vélez’s personal blog Rocinante:
* In 2011, he published his article “The Gramscian Marxism, Ideological Background of the Educational Reform by the Workers’ Party.”
* In 2014, he published his article “Conservative Mindset.”
* In 2015, he published his article “The Brazilian Conservative Tradition,” where in the section “Conservative and Traditionalist Thinkers,” he mentions Olavo de Carvalho.
* In 2016, he published his article “The Lulist Schizophrenia.”
* In 2016, he published his article “Dilma’s Damn Heritage: It’s Necessary to Talk About It!”
* In 2016, he published his article “The Fall of Deceitful Lula.”
The good news is the Velez has been friendly with Bolsonaro and he has been hostile to Lula and his Workers’ Party.
It is obvious that from 2011 to 2016 he consistently attacked socialism and the Workers’ Party, which gave to Brazil former socialist presidents Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva, firstly elected in 2002, and Dilma Rousseff, who was impeached in 2016.
So with such “solid conservative base,” it is very strange that in 2016 he said, in his article titled “The worst in Latin America came to the U.S. through Trump” (published on November 4, 2016, in the Brazilian magazine Amalgama) that
* In the present circumstances, with crazy Trump talking bullshit indiscriminately, certainly Hillary, to traditional Republicans, is a lesser evil.
* Trump is an irresponsible populist.
* In the case of the populist disease, it seems that it has migrated from our troubled Latin America, where in the last fifteen years it partied in the populist governments of Lula, Kirchner, Chavez, Morales and others. Registered trademark of the disease: the irresponsible verbiage of a platform promising heaven and earth, telling the unemployed what they want to hear, offering millions of effortless jobs for tomorrow, and overthrowing the uncomfortable laws of fiscal responsibility. Lula was master in this.
* Trump is a populist chatterbox.
* Trump’s preaching is not isolated. Russia also has its populist leader.
* Hillary is likely to win the presidential election. It will be better for us in Brazil… A populist in the White House would make a huge mess.
In his article titled “Trump President: What About Now?” published on November 10, 2016 in his personal blog, Vélez said,
* Trump has been elected president of the United States: What about now?… I confess I was disappointed. Another populist on the horizon, after Brazil got rid of Lula and his gang! It is too much.
* fateful election of Trump.
* The Trump nightmare.
Since 2016, has Vélez changed his mind? Apparently this is not so. In his 2018 article titled “Neopopulisms in contemporaneity: United States, Russia and China,” Vélez criticizes Trump’s and Putin’s neopopulism. But I do not understand why he included China, because in China there is only communism. Nothing else.
His article gives positive prominence to anti-Trump journalist Michael Wolff.
journalist Michael Wolff… entered the White House with the consent of its owner, interviewed a lot of people and published everything he saw and heard in the explosive book titled “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” which has just been published in Brazil by the publisher Objetiva with the title: “Fogo e fúria — Por dentro da Casa Branca de Trump.” Trump’s hissy fits and threats that he would bar the distribution of the book were of no avail. Wolff’s disputed book has sold more than 2 million copies and will sell even more.
Michael Wolf’s revelations are bombastic. As he stressed in the interview given to Brazilian magazine Veja (issue 2573 of March 14, 2018), you can expect the offer of any media product of Trump. In that regard, Wolff said: “… Trump reads absolutely nothing, ever. And he does not listen. This is the question: he does not like to think. It’s the whole package. After a year in the presidency, I’m still certain that he is unable to be president. My impression, in fact, only worsened during this period… I think of Trump as a born salesman. He is trying to sell his government to the population, but no one is willing to buy it so far. Even in dealing with team members, he is this way: if you’re no longer useful, you end up just becoming a product in liquidation on Trump’s shelf, but the man is profoundly exasperating. He is not smart enough, lacking the necessary knowledge for the presidency. He is not minimally stable. Everything is possible with Trump in power. He is a crazy individual. He does not trust anyone, he’s self-destructive, and he’s not trustworthy, either.”
Regarding the private life of the U.S. President, the journalist stresses in the interview: “One of the key features of Trump’s life is being highly womanizer and obsessive. One of the things that makes life worthwhile for the president is to take women from friends to bed.”
Vélez says that Trump’s life is marked by “private lewdness and political mediocrity.”
So the bad news is that Vélez has been hostile to Trump, and he has been friendly with Crooked Hillary Clinton.
Between Crooked Hillary and Trump, there is no doubt for me as a conservative evangelical: Trump is the only choice. Vélez sees exactly the contrary. His choice of Hillary is irresponsible, because she is behind of several unnecessary wars and suffering.
I do not see problems in Trump’s populism or neopopulism, as condemned by Vélez. In 2016, in his populism Trump condemned neocons and their eternal wars. This is a very positive populism.
I am hostile to neoconservatism, because of its warmongering nature. Neocons wage unnecessary wars not only against other nations, but also against the original principles of the U.S. Founders, who wanted the U.S. and its military minding only U.S. businesses. In contrast, neocons want the U.S. military meddling in every corner of this planet and injecting wars.
I supported Trump’s antineocon populism in 2016. This is the reason I cannot today support his betrayal of his own 2016 antineocon speech.
But Vélez does not mention neocons or neoconservatism. He just mentions Trump in his hostile feelings. He condemned the 2016 antineocon Trump and he condemns the 2018 pro-neocon Trump. In sum, he is against Trump in any shape and form. And he has obviously better feelings toward Crooked Hillary Clinton, who has always been a neocon.
Occultists are very confusing. I do not know if Vélez is an occultist, but he certainly has close connections to Carvalho, who is a confusing occultist.
When a confusing occultist recommends a friend to be a minister, and the president welcomes it, despising an evangelical recommendation, what could result?
Bolsonaro considers himself a conservative. He has about 30 years of service in the Brazilian Congress. But he is unable to choose by himself conservatives for Foreign Ministry and the Education Ministry. He is dependent on a Brazilian immigrant in the U.S. who has a long history of astrology and occultism. The astrologer picked for Bolsonaro a Colombian who sees himself as a conservative, but dislikes Trump and likes Hillary. This is a very confusing “conservatism,” isn’t it?
No true conservative would dislike Trump to like Hillary. Even so, Vélez introduces himself as a “conservative Catholic.” Carvalho confirms that he is so. Bolsonaro believes in Carvalho. And Brazilians who voted for Bolsonaro believe in him. It is a chain of misleading trust. I also voted for him, but I am not misled because I did not vote him for god or messiah, and I did no vow of never criticizing his wrongs.
I voted for him for him to behave as a conservative, not as a man dependent on a Rasputin. I did not vote for him to be a mere middleman of a Rasputin. If he does not behave as a trustful conservative, it is my duty as a conservative voter to keep him accountable.
After Bolsonaro chose Ernesto Araújo and Ricardo Vélez as his major ministers, the Brazilian newspaper O Globo said that “Olavo de Carvalho has been consolidated as the main ‘mentor’ of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro.”
Carvalho is today to Bolsonaro what Steve Bannon tried to be to Trump. But Bannon was not successful because Trump was smart and saw his opportunism in time and expelled him from the White House.
So far, Bolsonaro has seen nothing.
Let us pray that he may become smart in time.
Portuguese version of this article: Novo ministro da Educação: hostil ao socialismo e Trump, amistoso com Bolsonaro e Hillary
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