Translated and Posted on Borderland Beat Forum by JLopez
"neither the Vicente Fox nor the Felipe Calderon administration dealt with the challenge well; the first through omission, the second through lack of planning. But it's undeniable that they were not responsible for the problem: they inherited it."
Now that the PRI has won, they are bragging of what they'll do for Mexico. Thanks to the PRI, there will be political stability, they say. Thanks to the PRI, there will be reforms and modernization, they insist. Thanks to the PRI the country will revive from the failures of the PAN, they repeat. Enrique Pena Nieto has traveled all over the country for months patting himself on the back and now celebrates the return of a party that is responsible for its worst vices. But the paradox is that the PRI candidate denounces the inefficacy and inexperience of the various PAN officials that were incapable of cleaning up the mess his party left behind. It's worth remembering now the list of things linked with the PRI that causes despair that it is back. There are PRI contributions for which the electorate should be less grateful. Mexico is dragged down by a legacy that should not be a reason for applause; Mexico is burdened with an inheritance that the PRI has tried to disown but for which it is responsible.
As I have written before in these pages (Proceso No. 1687):
|Union leader wearing a 70K USD watch to business meeting (Reforma)|
|Yarrington and Pena|
*Mario Vargas Llosa understands this when he declares that if Mexico returns the PRI to the presidency, its because it is "a country of masochists." And the population has been party to this masochism, fed by the PAN and the PRD. Both parties are responsible for the restoration for assuming it would be enough to get the PRI out of Los Pinos without substantially modifying its modus operandi. The Pan and the PRI's great mistake was to try to function politically within the structure that the PRI created instead of breaking it up. The Pan and the PRD's big mistake has been to believe that it could play the game that was designed by the PRI better than the PRI, instead of committing to changing the rules. The biggest mistake has been to emulate the PRI instead of refusing to practice the politics the PRI put in place.
The PAN and the PRD have failed in their effort to govern like the way the PRI did. The PAN and PRD have failed in their effort to adapt to the institutional rules the PRI twisted. The PAN and the PRD have failed to negotiate effectively with drug traffickers; they haven't been effective in paying off union leaders; they haven't been effective in providing benefits to to big business; they haven't been effective in concealing the deals they have made while in power; they haven't been effective in dealing with impunity because they became its accomplices. Thanks to the PRI, the country suffered so many years of bad government. Thanks to the PAN and the PRI, history is likely to repeat itself. And that Mexico becomes-- voluntarily-- a country of masochists.