Mexico elects its own Trump

THE CANDIDATE called AMLO won Mexico’s presidency yesterday, big-time.

AMLOAs Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency because people were fed up with the corrupt status quo, AMLO won for precisely the same reason.

While Americans chose the conservative firebrand Trump intelligently, I fret that Mexicans chose the left-wing firebrand ALMO unintelligently. Leftism is a loser philosophy that has led nowhere good countless times.

TRUMPMy only solace comes from the fact that AMLO was the mayor of Mexico City for a spell, and he didn’t turn it into Havana. Time will tell.

I leave you with the following quote from H.L. Mencken:

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

 

20 thoughts on “Mexico elects its own Trump

  1. Interesting win. What is AMLO’s stance on the cartels? I never saw that in any of the articles I read about him.

    Have a great Monday, Felipe!

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    1. Hi, Mike: Don’t know what AMLO’s stance is regarding cartels. Against them, I hope, though he has made lots of noise about letting cartel members out of prison. One wonders about the good sense of that, but one wonders about the good sense of most of his airheaded notions. Well, we’re stuck with him for six years.

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  2. Time always tells. Again and again.

    It will be an interesting study in politics to watch the back and forth between MX and U.S. politicians. But then, it was already pretty interesting.

    What has changed?

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    1. Ricardo: What has changed? Not too much, I imagine, in spite of AMLO’s extravagant promises to right our Mexican world. That’s unlike to happen. I remember when Vicente Fox won the presidency in 2000, putting an end to decades of PRI’s soft-handed despotism. I was waiting for dramatic changes. Didn’t happen. Things continued just as before.

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  3. We shall see. Governing is a different thing than running, and it changes a candidate. AMLO’s people have already held a conference call with financial types stating that they will be fiscally responsible, that they will respect the independence of the Bank of Mexico, that they will maintain a market exchange rate for the peso, maintain transparency in financial regulation, and (interestingly to me) will create something like the USA’s Congressional Budget Office, which should bring some transparency and clarity to budgeting matters.

    None of these measures are particularly leftist, and indeed seem rather centrist. And what’s missing are any announcements of new large social programs.

    My former landlord in CDMX, Rafael, is a both an ardent capitalist and AMLO supporter. He claims AMLO ran the best city gov’t in CDMX history. He may well turn out to be better president than feared.

    So I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Redding, CA
    Where we literally don’t have a dog in the race.

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    1. Kim: Thanks for that info. Interesting. Perhaps I shall maintain an attitude of guarded optimism.

      Whenever I see a person described as leftist, it’s like a knee-jerk reaction on my part, a negative one. And usually it’s completely justified.

      This morning Breitbart had a headline that said Mexico goes “hard left.” That was a few hours ago, and the headline now simply says AMLO wins in Mexico.

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      1. As you know, AMLO is threatening a lot of gravy trains out there. Those who are threatened are throwing everything they have at him. Since cries of “racist” aren’t particularly current in Mexico, “extreme leftist” will have to do for defamation purposes. After all the hubub dies down, I won’t be surprised if AMLO turns out to be a moderate, left-of-center leader. That’s how he governed CDMX and I’d be surprised if he were wildly different as president. In any case, let’s hope. By the way, I get my info from eleconomista.com.mx.

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        1. Kim: Yes, the eternal “racist” blather you hear daily from Gringo leftists does play well down here where 90 percent of us are brown. Would be kinda silly. Of course, it’s silly above the border too, but that doesn’t keep people from yelling it daily. We’re not eternally “offended” either. And we don’t hand out participation trophies.

          Thanks for the tip on the Economist, Mexico-style. Never noticed that.

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  4. Yes, when the status quo isn’t working for people, they are liable to grab at any change that happens to present itself. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always lead to an improvement, but it’s hard to blame people for trying.

    The thing that makes this leftist worry is that AMLO is making noises about maintaining the status quo in economics, which is rigged in favor of rich and everyone knows it, even if they don’t understand the details. One of those details goes under the euphemism of “fiscal responsibility.”

    The status quo clearly isn’t working for too many Mexicans. History shows that when inequality becomes too great, you get a police state or a revolution. There are no counterexamples.

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    1. Creigh: I disagree that economics is rigged in favor of the rich and, especially, that everyone knows it. As for our president-elect, time will tell.

      Capitalism, mostly unfettered, always works best for the greatest number of people.

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  5. Just like in the U.S., the choices were slim.

    Anaya was/is involved in a money-laundering scandal. One of his buddies was arrested in Canada recently. The Meade PRI candidate, same issues. The president and his wife were involved in scandals with contractors. They got a multi-million-dollar house in Mexico City, and his cousin, or something like that, was elected last year as the “Estado de Mexico” governor.

    Rumors were they paid 3,000 pesos per vote. So buying votes didn’t work out too well for them this election.

    My wife tells me about what Honduras politicians do, almost the same thing, where they come into a village with “free stuff” for votes. I guess everyone has a price.

    We’ll see what changes AMLO will do and how it will be in 6-12 months.

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    1. Tancho: While I also thought the choices were slim in the last U.S. election, I have changed my tune and now think Trump is one of the best presidents in U.S. history, especially considering how far the presidency had fallen under Weepy Barry.

      And as for the losing candidates in this Mexican election, the fat lady has sung, so they are all moot issues now. And I remain guardedly optimistic about AMLO. Hell’s Bells, maybe he’ll turn out okay, or at least marginally okay. I pray so.

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  6. Two losses for Mexico today : 1. in politics, 2. the other in futbol. But for those who have NOB accounts, the peso did drop, so a possible benefit for those that visit. AND, Tancho actually posted after months of silence! 2 bad, 2 good – a balance of sorts.

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    1. Dan: As I’ve mentioned in other comments, I’m maintaining a guarded optimism regarding this AMLO guy. Time will tell. As for football … meh! Not a fan. I don’t notice the peso doing much since last night. I think the market took AMLO’s probable victory into account months ago. It does help those of us whose money sails over the border every month. And Tancho, I don’t think it’s been months since he piped up, but it has been a spell, and it’s not as often as it once was. I think he has other things on his mind.

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  7. I am with Kim. I have not been a fan of Trump (though I do support some of the same issues he does) or AMLO. I have softened on AMLO just as he has seemed to soften during this last campaign — where there was no apparent tactical reason to do that. Unless it was to win votes for his party in Congress. We shall see.

    What really heartens me is that all of my hard-left Mexican friends are already calling AMLO a sell-out. Of course, that could always be a juvenile diversion. After all, very little in Mexican politics is what it seems on its face.

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