Diebolding The Mexican Election?

This coming Sunday, voters in Mexico will go to the polls to elect President Vincete Fox’™s successor. Chris Bowers at MyDD has called the election the ‘œsecond most important’ in the world this year – my only disagreement with Chris is that I think Mexico’™s election is arguably the most important. It is [...]

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This coming Sunday, voters in Mexico will go to the polls to elect President Vincete Fox’™s successor. Chris Bowers at MyDD has called the election the ‘œsecond most important‘ in the world this year – my only disagreement with Chris is that I think Mexico’™s election is arguably the most important. It is an election that decides whether the people of Mexico wish to maintain the status quo, or join the ongoing Latin American revolution and begin to throw off the shackles of the WTO, World Bank and the failed experiment of globalization. So, it goes without saying that this is a very important election for the Bush administration.

As with U.S. presidential elections, there are several candidates for the position, but only two leading contenders – Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Felipe Calderon.

Calderon is seen as the natural successor to Fox, and a maintainer of the status NAFTA quo and good relations with the Bush administration. Obrador is a populist candidate, who seeks to stem the flow of illegal Mexican aliens to the U.S. by engaging in a unique concept: giving the working poor a reason to want to stay in their home country by improving the availability of decent jobs, enhancing educational opportunities for the working poor, and upgrading social services.

Let’™s think about something for a moment. If you were a citizen of another country, and the opportunities were available to feed your family, as well as have a ‘œlife’ (kind of the middle class holy grail here in the U.S.), would you be inclined to leave your country for the supposedly greener pastures of the U.S.? Of course not! Yes, there would still be some folks trickling over the border, but not the torrent that currently befuddles governors of border states in both the U.S. and Mexico, and indeed the entire apparatus of the GOP-controlled federal government. (Or at least you’™d think it’™s befuddling congress and the executive branch, if listening to the current jingoistic debate on immigration issues was any true indication.)

QED, you’™d think that Bush administration would be supporting the candidacy and social support platform of Obrador, because Obrador is very high on keeping Mexicans in Mexico. As usual, in our up-is-down, war-is-peace world, you’™d be wrong. The globalization / corporatist crowd that runs things in Washington is solidly behind Calderon. How solidly? Think ‘œDiebold’ solid’¦

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Friday, June 30th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Latin America

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