Don’t be intimidated by the Latin expression – the most tacky thing in the world, I recognize and do my penance. Reductio ad absurdum is the strategy, or rather, fallacy of extrapolating the consequences of a fact or idea in order to invalidate them. Strictly speaking, there would be no need to resort to this to point out the absurdity of an electoral judge’s demonstration of associating the national flag with Bolsonarism, to the point of preventing its display, flag, not a judge, in the elections. But the reductio ad absurdum has its share of fun. In addition, let’s face it: after Fachin released Lula, the notions of what is absurd and what is not were confused. So let’s go!
As I said earlier, but I will repeat it to make clear the “fluid” character of what is or is not absurd, an electoral judge from Rio Grande do Sul, during a meeting with party representatives, he associated the national pavilion (always wanted to use that) with “a side of politics”. And she said she understood that, for this reason, flying the national flag could be considered electoral propaganda. She didn’t mention Bolsonaro, but no one is silly here. Then the judge herself said that if she made a decision in this regard, she would likely be overturned by the TRE or TSE. But those who live in Togakistan are afraid. I’m afraid.
Let’s imagine, therefore, that the thesis is as original (one cannot accuse activists of lack of creativity) as it is stupid. And, for that to happen, the mere mention of the bizarre idea is the seed planted by the electoral judge – a figure who, by the way, occupies a position worthy of Salvador Dalí’s paintings. Then let’s say that Lula wins the elections (knock, knock, knock) and, using the argument “green-yellow = bolsonarismo”, proposes, I don’t know, a provisional measure (sic) to change the national flag. Is this possibility really that absurd?
Fact that is known to be untrue
Now allow me a quick detour to talk about the concept of fake news that is slowly, slowly, consolidating itself among our learned legal class. There is talk of “disclosure of a knowingly untrue fact” and the problem here begins with the adverb. “Knowingly” by whom, paleface? And when it comes to future actions, how can I attest with certainty to this universion portrayed by the James Webb Space Telescope that something as absurd as the changing of the national flag will not happen? Who guarantees me this? Alexandre de Moraes?
In fact, taking into account the many blunders and insanities said lately by the ex-convict in the process of resocialization Lula, I would bet some money as has already crossed the mind of at least one PT militant, or rather a high-ranking party official, the possibility of exchanging the green-yellow of the coxinhas for the murderous red of the communists.
)Why not change the anthem?
Back to the lulista nightmare, it is not absurd to imagine that the idea of changing the national flag had the approval of part of the press (that part) and intellectuals concerned “with erasing the traces of this disastrous period of our history”. Nor is it difficult to imagine an elaborate corruption scheme set up to finance the passage of any stupid idea by the legislature. It seems like it has happened before. And it hasn’t been that long. A Mensalão, if I’m not mistaken.
Then the government would, of course, face the fury of the people. Mere detail. Just as it is just a detail that the flag and the national anthem appear in the Constitution as unalterable national symbols. In this, any minister of the STF finds a way. Perhaps, take advantage of the revolutionary airs and change the music by Francisco Manuel da Silva and the lyrics by Joaquim Osório Duque Estrada for a beat from Olodum and some grunts or groans from Anitta. Why not?
Look, I can perfectly imagine the Public Contest held for the choice of the new flag: children running out of colored pencils in stores to submit naive designs with messages of appreciation to the Helmsman of Nine Fingers, sentimental reports about people who suffered serious psychological damage as a result of being exposed to the oppressive yellow-green, and experts explaining that the change is positive because it makes the economy turn and unites the population around the idea of a Bolivarianly free homeland.
All in facade, of course, because the design of the new flag has been chosen for decades and it is red and features a hammer and sickle plus a raised fist, 13 stars, some LGBT symbol and a hand with four fingers. That the artist, formed by the Paulo Freire booklet, understood as “a papaya with four fingers”.