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.