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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

“Vote for me, I could be your father.”

Conrad on the rise of good governance in the Third World:

I also remember the hilarious carnival of Brazilian politics, highlighted by the candidate for high office about 50 years ago, who, when it came to light that he had several illegitimate children, changed his campaign slogan from some platitude about social justice to “Vote for me, I could be your father.”

This stunning change in quality of government in these large countries bulks far more importantly for the world than the uncharacteristic doldrums of some of the world’s historically most advanced countries. Great nations and doughty peoples are irrepressible over time and will find their balance again.

"I could be your father." How I love Brazil. Even their corruption has charm.

Posted by Richard Anderson on January 13, 2010 | Permalink


The honesty in a campaign slogan like that would certainly be refreshing. It could even be true. We almost always know who our mother is but can never really be sure who our father was without a DNA test. With our declining moral standards that could garner a lot of votes. One in 3 school children live in a single parent home. Think of the vote potential in a few years.

Posted by: peterj | 2010-01-15 9:05:45 PM

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