OPINION: Fighting like cats and dogs

The 3 pre-candidates in Mexico from left to right. Jose Antonio Meade, Ricardo Anaya, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

National Registration for Each Person Necessities; a salary for each and every man and woman only for being a Mexican citizen; $3,300 pesos a month for each NINI (young people who don’t study or work); a fast-track train from Cancun Quintana Roo, to Palenque, Chiapas; universal pensions for senior citizens all over Mexico, these are only some of the wild promises that the three presidential candidates with real chances to win the 2018 election are making.

None of the three candidates have shared any real proposals on how they would address the great insecurity problem that many Mexican states and cities are currently dealing with, it seems like they are afraid of talking about this topic.

Just take a look at the following video recorded in the border city of Reynosa Tamaulipas, on Sunday February 18:

Incoherence is the common denominator among José Antonio Meade and Ricardo Anaya, and it doesn’t allow them to see that people, regardless if they are good or bad candidates, are fed up with Mexico’s political system, so there are many Mexicans who will vote for Lopez Obrador only because they don’t want any more PAN or PRI, and that opens the door to Andres Manuel so he may become President at last after literally 18 years of presidential campaign.

It seems pathetic and sad, that Meade and Anaya are not being realistic, and it doesn’t do their campaigns any good. They keep on making absurd promises and illogical propositions, maybe due to desperation to keep the power as if their political parties hadn’t been an authoritarian tyrant for about 75 years (in the case of PRI) or to try to get back to “Los Pinos” (talking about PAN) after twelve years of doing absolutely nothing to maintain the power and having fallen to a shameful 3rd place in the electoral preferences of Mexicans.

Nonetheless, the fact that Lopez Obrador is an alternative that many Mexicans see as the real opposition, doesn’t mean that he could be up to the people’s expectations in case of winning the Presidential Election.

Many political analysts compare Lopez Obrador with Venezuelans Chavez or Maduro, and are afraid that once he sits on the presidential chair, he may lose all contact with reality and reach a degree of dementia similar to the aforementioned presidents of this troubled Southamerican country.

Besides, many militants from all the other parties and tendencies (including PRI and PAN), are joining MORENA (Obrador’s political party), and if he wins the election, there could be an internal battle among all those politicians that are joining him last minute, the eternal battle for power, but this time between individuals that hold totally opposite ideologies within the frame of the same political organization. That sounds like the old Mexican saying: “Fighting like cats and dogs in a sack” (Peleando como perros y gatos en un costal).

On July 1, 2018 all Mexicans (above 18) have the right to cast their vote to elect the next President who will be in office during the 2018-2024 period.

President of the Republic, congressmen, senators, governors, mayors, local legislators; in 2018 representatives are going to be elected throughout the country. The electoral authorities have rated it as the largest election ever in Mexico’s history, with 3,400 positions in dispute.

by Alejandro Azcárate for The Yucatan Times