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Wow. Aaron Sorkin take note. Winston Churchill pay attention. Political discourse has rarely been so visceral and exciting.

As tensions boiled over between the government and the opposition, two PRO deputies have unleashed pitiless broadsides against their counterparts in congress. Their performances are Oscar worthy.

“They aren’t democratic. They don’t know how to be democratic! They remain tyrants!”

Yesterday, during the session in which the opposition’s proposed income tax changes were approved, PRO deputy, Silvia Lospennato, thundered against the “Kircherite caucus”, peronist legislators and the Renewal Front.

In her tirade, delivered only a few minutes before deputies voted, she harnessed some classic rhetorical devices – anaphora, or the repetition of a word at the start of a sentence, and emotive language – to complain that the opposition was acting undemocratically.

“They don’t want to let us speak. They want to cut short our words. They aren’t democratic. They don’t know how to be democratic. It’s not enough that they lost the election. They remain tyrants!”

Her anger was sparked by the opposition’s attempt to expedite the voting process by cutting short the debate.

Renewal Front deputy, Graciela Camaño, had said that "the number of deputies who have noted themselves down to speak is really excessive," and requested that the Chamber call on article 126 to finalise the debate.
Renewal Front deputy, Graciela Camaño, argued that “the number of deputies who have noted themselves down to speak is really excessive,” and requested that the Chamber call on article 126 to finalise the debate ahead of time.

 

Lospennato was not going to be silenced.

Leaning forward as her rage mounted, she fulminated, “they abuse the rules to cut short discussion in the Chamber of Deputies of the Nation. Is there anything worse than that? Is there anything worse than threatening the right to speak?”

She then made a comparison between the different approaches of the government and opposition. Referring to the debate in the Chamber earlier this year over holdout laws, she said: “We waited 14 hours. We knew you would lose, but democratically we let you make your argument. We are not going to permit this disrespect for the Argentine people!”

In that instance, the government repealed laws that blocked negotiating with holdout creditors, and, according to Lospennato, though confident of success, enabled the opposition to mount a case.

“They want to drill a massive fiscal hole because they are enormously irresponsible”

The opposition’s bill, pitched as a victory for poor and working class Argentines, will see a doubling of the minimum taxable income rate.

However, some have pointed out that the timing of the bill smacks of hypocrisy and opportunism. After all, the previous government did little to rationalize Argentina’s poorly-functioning income tax system during more than a decade in power.

On the verge of tears, Lospennato accused the opposition of hypocrisy, saying, “in 12 years they weren’t able to raise the minimum tax threshold. They taxed the poor when there was inflation!”

Then Lospennato furied against what she perceived as economic irresponsibility. “They want to drill a massive fiscal hole because they are enormously irresponsible!” she said, at a time when the fiscal deficit is blowing out and causing anxiety for the government.

Gabriela Burgos: “Milagro Sala is not a political prisoner. She’s a crook. A mafiosa!” 

Meanwhile, in an extraordinary session yesterday, jujeñan deputy, Gabriela Burgos, let loose five minutes of fury against Kircherite deputies. It all began when a Kircherite legislator said that the detention of Milagro Sala – the indigenous activist accused of corruption and currently in prison – was evidence of an absence of the “rule of law” in Jujuy.

Watch video here

Clarin
Clarin

Oh no they didn’t.

“In Jujuy there has been rule of law since 9 December of last year,” said Burgos, referring to the day that President Macri was elected. “Before that there was no rule of law. There was a parallel state.”

As the opposition begin to bray in response to this comment, Burgos raised her hand in a defiant sign, and, [mis]quoting from Don Quixote (the quote actually comes from a poem by Goethe,) she said “there’s barking, Sancho, it shows that we’re riding!” Which is to say, they’re complaining because they’re threatened or jealous.

Angry men respond to Burgos
Angry men respond to Burgos. From Youtube.

She concluded by saying that Milagro Sala was a “crook, a mafiosa.