Friday, July 07, 2006
Americans, even the most conscientious of us, sleep while our neighbor's home burns
etc over that entire time. Maybe you are old enough to know of another time when things were OK down there? Come to think of it, it's never been OK down there.
There was a time, before 1968, when Mexico was a much more hopeful place. Yes, there was corruption, poverty, and rampant discrimination of the kind we associate with the Mississippi Delta in 1960. But the Cardenas era, like the FDR era in the United States, had left people with a sense that things could be different. Until 1968, when the government murdered dozens or hundreds of people for the crime of having a different opinion, Mexico was moving toward being a more genuinely democratic society. Since then, it has moved progressively toward totalitarianism.
Now I understand from your blog that you think the right has an exclusive lock on the truth, and that the left is delusional, criminal, treasonous.
This kind of thinking is a form of moral illness, a blindness, a sickness of the soul. The right in the United States, like the right in Mexico is bringing down upon its people a catastrophe of the kind Jeremiah described as making the ears of everyone who hears of it tingle. There is probably nothing anyone can do to stop it, because the people who need to see have no eyes, the people who need to hear have no ears. All because they think they are the sole possessors of truth.
And I see Lambert has a link to the LAT. One has to get below the headline, below the fold, and past an unrebutted lie by Calderon regarding the very limited recount that was done to get to the allegations:
PRD officials say they have ample evidence of irregularities. In many instances, they said, vote totals at precincts in Calderon strongholds, such as the central state of Guanajuato, exceeded the number of ballots delivered to those precincts.
The election was monitored by hundreds of international observers, many of whom lauded the apparent orderliness of Sunday's vote. Some, however, did note irregularities during the official count of polling station reports that began Wednesday.
And Global Exchange seems have done a 180. A couple of days ago, they said the election was crooked. I suspect we're getting some selective quotation. But all these things represent issues to monitor.
Meanwhile, Obrador is doing a massive townhall meeting to get people prepared for the legal battle to come.
Thanks for the alert.
This post has definitely made me curous about Mexican politics. I should and will probably pay more attention in the future.
Thank you for this news, written in Spamish on MercuryRising, Pandaluz.
A ver en que nivel de Espanol le puedo contestar.
Let's see at what level of Spanish I can answer.
1. Si politicos no mienteran, de politicos habria pocos.
If politicians didn't lie, there wouldn't be politicians.
2. Usar payasos para ilustrar su punto de vista no es buena estrategia. Y Brozo tampoco.
Using clowns to illustrate your point of view is not a good strategy. And not Brozo (the guy with green hair) either.
3. Lopez Obrador dijo que si perdiera la eleccion, no desafiara el voto. Pero parece a mi-- y a la NYT-- que no han contado las papeletas completamente.
Lopez Obrador said that if he lost the election, he wouldn't challenge it. But it looks to me-- and to the New York Times-- that the ballots haven't been counted fully.
4. Lopez Obrador prometio que no iba a comenzar una guerra en las calles. Hasta ahora, todo esta tranquilo.
Lopez Obrador promised he wouldn't start a street war. So far, things are peaceful.
5. Su anuncio me parece propaganda. No va a cambiar la opinion de nadien.
This looks likes propaganda to me. It's not going to change anyone's opinion.
Like you, there are many things that the right says it stands for that I support. Unfortunately, they don't stand for those things.
They don't stand for fewer abortions, or they would be in favor of contraception (and they wouldn't lie in claiming that prior to legalization, there was no abortion).
They don't stand for people climbing the ladder of opportunity. If they did, they wouldn't ask us to pay Paris Hilton's taxes or let major corporations off the hook for their taxes.
They don't stand for Christianity or they would feed the poor, oppose capital punishment, and avoid starting wars.
I can't tell what the right stands for except hating people, free lunch for the wealthy, and grabbing what belongs to other countries. A member of the middle class who is voting Republican is a chicken voting to make Colonel Sanders a general.
Nice work! Keep beating the drum.
Thanks for this good news, Richard.
BTW, I keep discovering new means by which the Washington Post proves it is full of s--t. The demo was very different than described, with AMLO emphasizing this is a peaceful movement.
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