Saturday, September 16, 2006


Second Fourth Mexican Republic Inaugurated

Photo from La Jornada. Short version: Vincente Fox did not have the huevos to do the traditional Independence cry from the Presidential Palace overlooking the Zocalo. So, the mayor of Mexico City did it for the nation. Despite the rain, the Zocalo was full. Apparently there will be no official figures, but probably a million people. It's a powerful symbol that Mexico is not under a legitimate government. Just so, the PRD delegates declined to recognize Felipe Calderon as president. And it's interesting that the US press has so systematically failed to cover the issues involved. Yes, there's the legitimacy of the election. But that's really settled: the refusal to do a transparent recount, even for 9% of the ballots, made it abundantly clear the election was stolen. So, now there are the issues of the future. The writer Elena Poniatowska described the struggle as one of national sovereignty, to protect Mexican resources from being looted, as well as a struggle of indigenous peoples to live in dignity. No wonder the US press won't report it. _____________________________________________________ Correction: Porfirio Muñoz Ledo reminds me that the PRD is establishing the Fourth Republic. See Wikipedia for details. That just goes to show that we should not be so shy about declaring our second. The first has just not worked out, and I really would like to not have to call him "President Bush".
I never refer to him as "President Bush". I generally refer to him as either "George W. Bush" or "the current occupant of the White House" -- though considering all the time he spends at his Potemkin village of Crawford, that's probably a stretch.
I refer to him as George Walker Bush myself (as in, "Will the defendant, George Walker Bush, please rise and face the judgment of this tribunal.")
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