Since the political climate is more interesting than my recent climax, here’s someone that’s giving me good vibes: the new President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
The inauguration, last week, of Mexico’s new President, was a remarkable occurrence in several ways. Not least was the fact that he is the only left-winger to come to power this year in a hemisphere swinging fulsomely to the right, in one country after another.
In an inauguration ceremony unlike any other in Mexican history, Andrés Manuel López Obrador called neoliberalism a disaster. (Good point, just look at France)
During his acceptance speech, López Obrador made it clear that his Presidency will be very different from previous ones: he pledged to reduce his salary by sixty per cent, to sell the lavish Presidential jet, and to eliminate the Presidential guard corps. He arrived for the inauguration in his white Volkswagen Jetta, having also foresworn the Presidential limousine.
In an emphatic reiteration of the main plank of his campaign, López Obrador also promised to extirpate public corruption, which, he said, had degraded the governments of his predecessors and shamed the nation in the eyes of the world.
With Peña Nieto (his unpopular predecessor) seated only feet away, he described the outgoing President’s term in office as “inmunda” (“unclean”) and raised the issue of what to do about bringing corrupt public officials, including ex-Presidents, to justice.
HAHA!! I won’t lie, I like this guy. Although LGBTQ rights and femicides (a Latin America epidemic) are not part of his policies.
I used to have a friend who used to work for the Mexican consulate here in Montreal in the early 2000’s and he used to tell me of the scandalous ways the government spent in the image of the country, and the lavish lifestyle of the diplomats abroad (the cars, the residencies, etc,) while the Mexican population had all type of necessities.
And that was just a consulate. Nevermind an Embassy.
Anyhow I don’t dislike the election of López Obrador. Hopefully, a change for the better.