Aug 30, 2006, 3:09 PM
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Should we keep our heads in the sand or should we work towards keeping things out in the open?
Most of the people who either visit this site are either living in Mexico on a permanent bases or just a few days or like my family close to 50% of the time.
Do we not owe it to all these people to keep them aware of what is occurring that may or may not effect their lives?
I as a long time half year resident of Mexico want to know what is happening around me.
And I for one want to hear the truth of what is occurring.
Hence forth I want to hear your opinions on this matter.
Not a week goes by that you see articles on recent opinions pertaining to events in Mexico such as the one I am about to paste on.I have personally seen the disruption of what this man can do and they are not fun in being caught up in.
Please give me some direction of how we can properly help the viewers of this forum with out appearing that we are crying wolf unnecessarily.
Please view the following article.
Lopez Obrador: Sore loser – or worse
THE NEWS TRIBUNE
Americans have good reason to fret about Mexico. Ten percent of the Mexican population has already fled to the United States, and the two countries’ economies are joined at the hip. What happens there happens here.
What’s happening there right now is worrisome. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who narrowly lost the July 2 presidential election, has been steadily morphing from sore loser to demagogue to potentially something worse.
Obrador was within his rights to legally challenge the results of the election, in which his opponent, Felipe Calderon, had outpolled him by a mere 0.6 percent.
Until a few months ago, Obrador – a charismatic campaigner who’d tapped into deep discontent about Mexico’s uneven economic growth – was favored to to win. Then things started moving against him, including growing concern in Latin America about the reckless, authoritarian style of Venezuela’s leftist president, Hugo Chavez.
The last thing Mexico needs is its own Chavez, an economic illiterate and Latin strongman in the socialist mold. But Obrador at times seems to aspire to precisely that role. Not content with battling the returns in court, he has – on little evidence – declared the election stolen and called on his supporters to occupy the streets, demanding a recount.
On Tuesday, after the Mexico’s Federal Electoral Tribunal announced that its partial recount had not changed the outcome, Obrador said he would create his own government and urged the Mexican public not to accept a Calderon presidency.
Mexico does have a long, sordid history of political corruption and electoral fraud under the longtime rule of the Institutional Revolutionary Party. The irony is that there’s already been a national backlash against the PRI and its rigged votes; Mexico now runs some of the most credible elections in the world.
Obrador’s increasingly extra-legal claim to power threatens to deepen the rifts in this politically fractured nation.
The United States, which has become the safety valve for Mexico’s poverty and social problems, has a big stake in this. By rights, Mexico should be a booming, prospering country; it is rich in workers, natural resources and tourist appeal. But it still needs aggressive, wrenching reforms to encourage enterprise, expand educational opportunities and root out official corruption.
This requires a decisive government that understands wealth-creation – and it requires peace. A siege of political paralysis or even chaos is not what the doctor ordered