#TBT

#TBT El Presidente

The photo is from 2006, and Lopez Obrador’s first attempt to win the office of president. This protest occurred at the IFE building across the road from our home. Obrador came and gave a speech to a sizeable and noisy crowd there. Voto por voto! I think I took this photo on that very day. In just a couple months time, Mexico will go to the polls to decide which political crook gets to screw them over for the next six years. Obrador has his hat in the ring again. And he looks to be in with a realistic chance of finally realising his dream.

I had no vote to cast in 2006 and will have no vote this time round either. Mrs P did then and will now. Although I have no idea how she would go about it from this side of the water, nor if she is interested enough to jump through the specified hoops in order to do so. Perhaps I should encourage her to look into it. And perhaps one day I will realise my dream and take possession of a *Mexican passport and the ability to vote. What would convince me to cast my precious ballot in favour of any particular candidate? Well, now that you ask, there are a few policies that I would like to see adopted….

Tens of millions of green baseball caps emblazoned with the MAMA logo should be made and distributed for free. Want one shipped to the US? No problemo, postage is free too! Twitter should be swamped with the #mama hashtag. It should be all that anyone is talking about. Make America Mexican Again! Come back to MAMA, gringos! And just for good measure, perhaps employing a Russian based internet marketing company to promote secession movements in some of the USA’s southern states would also add a humurous twist.

Just for shits and giggles, move Mexico’s US Embassy from Washington to Tehran or Havana. The choice between the two could be decided by a public vote following a two part TV series, with each episode detailing just how much Trump hates both places. Oh, and all clowns in Mexico, and by the gods there are a lot of them, should be obliged by law to wear a silly looking orange toupe, made to a very specific design. They will be invited to perform at all official functions involving US dignitaries.

Former president Vicente Fox should be appointed as Mexico’s ambassador to the United Nations. When giving speeches, he should be allowed to talk about anything he wishes. But the words Wall and Trump should be mentioned every other sentence. At least. But with a twist. My presidential candidate of choice should advocate the building of a large wall along the US – Mexican border, to prevent the caravans of bad rednecks crossing over from NoB. And the guns. And who’s gonna pay for this wall? America is gonna pay! Every last cent! The candidate should make a lot of noise about this last point, and every brick or pole laid should be celebrated as a victory for the country.

And a huge festival should be held, inviting the best inventors from around the world to compete for a £15 million dollar prize – who can create a device that will scale a 50 foot wall, using everyday materials and costing no more than $15 dollars to make. And Dan Castellaneta, the man who supplies the voice of several Simpsons characters, should be employed at triple his current wages. His sole job will be to do the voice over for all Trump family members on Mexican news.

None of this will do much for Mexico itself. But who knows, if the politicians become really engaged with this agenda, they may forget to rob the national treasury. And it sure will make politics a bit more fun.

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6 thoughts on “#TBT El Presidente

  1. Funny satirical piece. But seriously, Lopez Obrador is leading in the polls by 20 points. The question is, will PRI and PAN, who are scared to death of him, allow him to win? And if the election is stolen from him, what will happen then?

    I really have mixed feelings about him. He might be what Mexico needs, he might turn out to be another Hugo Chavez, or he might just be more of the same old corrupt government. When he was mayor of CDMX he did a lot of good things. The fact that he worked with Carlos Slim on the revitalization of the “centro histórico” makes me think that he is not the raving socialist that the business class fears.

    In any event, my friend Alejandro has advised that I do not return until a couple weeks after the election, so I won’t be going back until July 15.

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    • I wouldn’t allow the elections to put you off visiting. There have been more volatile post-war Mexican elections, and there wasn’t a great problem for tourists/visitors that I’m aware of. And I don’t think Obrador will be another Chavez. Or perhaps more to the point, another Maduro. Mexico could probably do with a change, truth be told. But a change in direction by a few degrees, rather than a 180 degree U-turn…

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      • Apparently there has been some recent violence during this campaign season, though I have not heard of anything in Mexico City. I think Alejandro was more concerned about marches, rallies and demonstrations before and after the election gridlocking the city. Anyway, waiting until mid-July to return gives me a chance to do my yard work and gardening here at home without rushing to get everything done before my next trip.

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  2. LMAO ROLF! Such a great piece of satire, buddy! The bets are that AMOLO will finally win the battle of the windmills. But since he is an old line politician, I don’t expect much to change. Well, at least not for us expats already living in Mexico. It may be harder for any newcomers.

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    • Well, so long as he (and any future president) doesn’t change the rules for foreign nationals wanting to relocate to the country with their Mexican spouses. The new laws introduced a few years ago made that nice and easy, and one day I hope to take advantage of them.

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  3. Reblogged this on Bloggers Without Borders and commented:

    Great satire! Love this paragraph. Tens of millions of green baseball caps emblazoned with the MAMA logo should be made and distributed for free. Want one shipped to the US? No problemo, postage is free too! Twitter should be swamped with the #mama hashtag. It should be all that anyone is talking about. Make America Mexican Again! Come back to MAMA, gringos! And just for good measure, perhaps employing a Russian based internet marketing company to promote secession movements in some of the USA’s southern states would also add a humourous twist.

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