Monday, September 18, 2006

And the Winner Isn't...

Well, just when I thought he wouldn't, he did. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) - the loser of Mexico's recent election - has elected himself president of a "parallel government" by show of hands. Which, to be fair, is like cutting-edge voting technology to socialists.

Yes, folks, AMLO managed to hold his illegal convention this Saturday, and now he's "president" of Mexico. His "inauguration" will be on November 20. And just to anticipate some obvious criticism, the convention was an entirely representative and balanced cross-section of the PRD-voting Mexican population. They didn't unfairly leave out any classes of supporters that I can tell.

Since this is naturally all on the up and up, AMLO's already talking about his big plans to reform the constitution (you know, 'cause the old one wasn't working out for him):

Lopez Obrador, who championed the rights of the poor during his campaign, said Saturday the parallel government will work on proposals to rewrite Mexico's constitution to guarantee the right to food, work, health care, education and housing while overhauling "corrupt" public institutions. (source)

Right to work, right to health care, right to housing, right to education. That sounds familiar. Where have I heard that one before? Well, you know what they say. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. And again. And again. And yet again. And, well, after a while it's like watching a bee slamming into a window.

I don't know why there are still socialists, I really don't. But one of them is causing a lot of trouble in Mexico right now. I offered some creative suggestions on how to deal with this, but nobody listens to me.


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