Written by: Jack Bibiano – Follow me on Twitter: @LibertyDragon1 – Add me on Facebook: Juan Bibiano
Now that Mexico has elected a socialist similar to the likes of Hugo Chavez, and Mexico continually becomes less governable, the importance of building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico becomes increasingly important for Americans.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who is best known as “Amlo” was elected with at least 53% of the vote, according to a quick count by Mexico’s electoral commission. López Obrador’s closest rival, Ricardo Anaya from the National Action party (PAN), received around 22% while José Antonio Meade, a career civil servant who ran for the Institutional Revolutionary party, or PRI, which ruled Mexico for most of last century, came in third with around 16%.
When exit polls started pointing to an Amlo landslide, his rivals began conceding defeat. “For the good of Mexico I wish him the very best of luck,” said Meade. Anaya said: “As I said to him a few minutes ago on the phone I recognize his triumph, express my congratulations and wish him the best of luck for the good of Mexico … The citizens wanted a change and they opted in their majority for the alternative that he represents.”
As the scope of Amlo’s huge victory emerged, his supporters began to flood Mexico City’s symbolic main plaza, the Zócalo, where he was due to make a victory speech.
“We’ve been hoping for this moment for more than 12 years,” said Oliver Izquierdo, 38, a film director who was among the jubilant crowds. “Finally democracy has made itself present in Mexico.” Exit polls also showed that the party Amlo created in 2014, the Movement for National Regeneration or Morena, had won at least five of nine gubernatorial races. These victories included Mexico City’s first elected female mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum. “We won! We’ll rescue the City of Hope,” she wrote on Twitter.
As an estimated 89 million voters descended on polling stations on Sunday as it became clear that Mexicans, who hoped to eradicate political corruption, soaring violence and poverty, overwhelmingly voted for change, and rejected the only two parties to hold the presidency since the end of one-party rule in 2000.
Delfina Gómez, who is a close ally of AMLO that’s running for a seat in Mexico’s senate, said that she believes corruption-weary voters were backing Amlo and Morena because they wanted “a radical transformation in the way politics is done, and in politicians themselves”. Gómez described Amlo as a thrifty, upstanding man who would lead “a government of austerity and honesty”: “He finds it shameful that someone might be flaunting their wealth whilst others are dying of hunger.”
Amlo has pledged to make eradicating corruption the main focus of his presidency, once he is sworn in on December 1st of this year. “We will get rid of … this cancer that is destroying this country,” he promised at his final campaign rally. However, Amlo’s “revolution” looks a lot like the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela that turned the country into the hell hole that it is today.
Although it is hard to fully gauge Amlo’s politics due to his diverse platform, analysts expect him to pursue a less aggressive and less militarised approach to Mexico’s 11-old ‘war on drugs’ which has claimed an estimated 200,000 lives and is widely viewed as a calamity. During the campaign, Amlo has argued “you cannot fight violence with more violence, you cannot fight fire with fire” and proposed an amnesty designed to help outlaws turn away from a life of crime. This, at least, seems like a potential step in the right direction.
Carlos Bravo, a politics expert from Mexico City’s Centre for Economic Research and Teaching, has predicted that President Amlo would make fighting poverty through social programs a flagship policy, just as former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva did after his historic 2002 election with projects such as Bolsa Família and Zero Hunger. Under Amlo, he foresees “massive investment in social policy” which Mexico’s new president “could use to show he was attacking not just poverty and inequality but also the social roots of crime and violence.” In other words, a heavy stroke of socialism. Che Guevara wanted the same.
However, Bravo said the “motley coalition” behind Amlo’s election triumph was so diverse – which features communists, “ultra-conservatives” and everything in-between, that trying to guess how ALMO might rule was a fool’s errand. “Quite frankly, right now there is a lot of uncertainty regarding what the López Obrador government will do.”
Amlo has suggested that Mexicans who want to cross the border into United States, have that right. “Soon, very soon, after the victory of our movement, we will defend migrants all over the American continent and the migrants of the world who, by necessity, must abandon their towns to find life in the United States; it’s a human right we will defend.” Almo declared.
Since Amlo has characterized Trump’s immigration policies as “arrogant, racist and inhuman,” tensions had been expected to flare between the two.
“But it’s impossible for the US to walk away from Mexico or for Mexico to walk away from the US. They are joined at the hip and need to work together even if their presidents don’t like each other and don’t get along.” -Amlo
Yet surprisingly, Donald Trump and Amlo have actually already shared a 30-minute phone call, which both Trump and Amlo describe as respectful. This conversation came after Trump congratulated him for his victory. “I proposed that we explore an integral agreement of development projects, which generate jobs in Mexico and with that reduce migration and improve security. There was respectful treatment and our representatives will speak more.” said Amlo. Trump said: “I think the relationship will be a very good one,” the US president said of the Mexican politician, whose swearing-in will be in December. “We talked about trade, we talked about Nafta, we talked about a separate deal, just Mexico and the United States.”
Congratulations to Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on becoming the next President of Mexico. I look very much forward to working with him. There is much to be done that will benefit both the United States and Mexico!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2018
Leaders of Latin America’s left voiced hope that Amlo’s election could potentially revive the region’s rapidly dwindling ‘pink tide’ or “onda rosa”, which is a term that’s been used to describe Latin’s America’s turn towards. “It will signal the return of progressive winds to Latin America!” Gleisi Hoffmann, president of Brazil’s vulnerable Worker’s party, predicted. Brazil’s left-wing “Worker’s Party” has been in jeopardy since former Worker’s Party Brazillian president Dilma Rousseff got impeached over criminal administrative misconduct and disregard for the federal budget in violation of article 85, items V and VI of the Constitution of Brazil and the Fiscal Responsibility Law
For the sake of the world, let’s turn the “pink tide” into a red tide of small government Republican.