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PostThoughts on AMLO, Mexico's President-Elect (Tor Guimaraes, USA, 07/08/18 5:16 am)
Once upon a time in Brazil, there was a man capable of organizing labor, so many left-wing thinkers and agitators believed he could lead them to greener pastures. That was very important, given that the Brazilian people were going backwards as far as the important things go: their standard of living, quality of education, health care, government corruption, etc. Very similar to what has been going on in our beloved USA.
I lost touch with that man when I got very busy trying to get ahead in America, my adopted country. Decades later the man was elected President of Brazil, much to my surprise. He became a new man, just like the leaders he used to fight when he was a labor leader. For him to be allowed to become President he had to follow some rules set up by the real power brokers and political establishment.
I know nothing about new president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, but my intuition tells me that we probably have a similar case. Thus, we should expect similar results, and just hope that my intuition is wrong for a change.
JE comments: Tor, do you mean Lula? One of the recurring themes of Latin American politics is the "reformer" who pledges to eliminate corruption. Once in power, s/he (and cronies) cannot keep their hands out of the deep cookie jar of graft. This gives rise to a new reformer, rinse, and repeat.
Why should AMLO be any different? In a year or two we'll be able to see if Tor Guimaraes's intuition is correct.