Sunday, August 25, 2013

Advice for the gullible Mexican citizen

Proceso (8-23-2013) By Sabina Berman

Translated by un vato for Borderland Beat

MEXICO, D.F. (Proceso)-- The good, gullible citizen, he of good faith, unending like the ocean, should not twist his mouth when he learns that Mr. Raul Salinas de Gortari has been tried again and found innocent.

Not even when the judge adds that the poor man has been the victim of injustice. Nor when the judge confides and explains that his fortune, accumulated during the six year administration of his brother, President Carlos Salinas, and calculated in the hundreds of millions of pesos, was obtained in such a brief period as a result of "brilliant" entrepreneurial  activities, which the judge does not specify, much less could demonstrate.

Above all, he should not make his own connections. To think, for example, that with the return of the PRI to the Presidency, the style of impunity from the past has returned. An impunity granted from the Highest Power: a stick for rebels, and, for the faithful, a license to steal.

No, none of this twisting of the mouth. The gullible citizen must reserve that expression until the moment that he learns that this financial genius, this particle of God incarnate where air is transformed into dollars, this Higgs Boson, where ambition is transformed into bank accounts in the Cayman Islands,  will not be appointed to head Pemex, so the country can prosper thanks to his ability to perform miracles.

Neither should the good gullible citizen connect that exoneration with the Energy Reform. He should not laugh bitterly when, a week after the exoneration, president Pena Nieto explains that the invitation for investment in Pemex does not mean its privatization, not even partially.

On the contrary, he should believe that the same government that exonerated the genius Raul Salinas, is, with respect to reforming the operation of Pemex, not lying or covering up with words actions harmful to the Country. That this government is simply not capable of malice.

He should interrupt doubts, this good gullible citizen. Against these doubts, he should raise a small portrait of Mr. Arturo Montiel and expect that they will vanish. Or lift with both hands a small statue of Mr. Humberto Moreira, to show it to these doubts. Or a small bust of the "Gober Precioso" ["Precious Governor" of Puebla, Mario Marin Torres]. Or of the Green Boy [Nino Verde, Jorge Emilio Gonzalez Martinez, President of the Green Party].  Or....(insert here the names of powerful untouchable crooks). "Back, malignant suspicions, vanish!!"

The good gullible citizen should then drink a potion to forget: he should hypnotize his rationality with a high dose of TV advertisements in which a child (that is, the incarnation of of the gullible citizen's innocence), shows his hands stained with black tar, if not stained with corruption.

Oh, and about that oh! so ugly word: the gullible citizen should then eradicate the very word "corruption" from his vocabulary.   

He should believe that such a thing does not exist in Mexico and the leader of the petroleum workers' union, the honorable Romero Deschamps, and his hundreds of millions of dollars, and the $2 million Ferrari that he gave his son, and the apartments in other countries that he gave his daughter, as well as the number of workers on the Pemex payroll, twice more than is needed, twice the size of the Exxon payroll, are not corruption, neither is the milking of petroleum pipelines, nor the diversion of funds to the PRI, nor etcetera and etcetera.

And, in continuation, the good gullible citizen should do what a majority of our political "experts"  are doing: dress like a Swiss, with leather shorts, or as an Englishman, with a tweed coat, and with the limpid spirit of a mathematician or a watchmaker, analyze the pros and cons of the Energy Reform, in purely market terms.

As I said, this is what a majority of political analysts are doing, these graduates of very high class institutions, they downplay the significance of the corruption, and for that reason, their predictions are very respected in the first circles of Power, although they never get it right.

But getting it right is not the objective: the good gullible citizen should know that the objective is a noble peaceful coexistence. 'I don't see others' thievery and I wait for my turn to steal from the Nation'. Or, if that is not possible, to steal from my partner. Or to kidnap my neighbor. Or to extort a fellow citizen. Or to "disappear" whoever is bothering me.

The good gullible citizen should understand that this is how corruption grows, from the top down, but he should never speak its name, because everybody's corruption is nobody's in particular, it is now a culture, a clouded way of life, confused, it is the death of meritocracy, the exaltation of injustice, the fog in which the good and the bad are indistinguishable, and where words no longer mean anything. A culture of fog, yes, but one that we are proud to call our own.

And lastly, the good gullible citizen should show great deference towards his superiors in power.

29 comments:

  1. just when you think you've seen it all.

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  2. Caro quintero is out, salinas dismissed WOW pri came back with a vengance after all these years

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  3. we will have to save justice for another day,reserve the right to bring these crooks before the people of Mexico to decide their fate,maybe Lopez Obrador will promise to do something about it if he ever has a chance,who else is there to at least promise us to do something about these rats?

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    1. And you wonder why there are cartels.this shit right here makes me want to join up with the criminals.if the cartels would stop fighting each other and fight the government I might do it.

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  4. Ni todo el dinero robado al pueblo evitara que algun dia sean comida para gusanos alla en la fosa. Satan los espera, Salinas, Moreira, Deschamps, Puneta Nieto, Yarrington, Eugenio, Zedillo....etc.....etc..

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  5. Is it really all that different from the 535 corrupt fockers in the US Congress? Or the Pentagon? Or the idiot in the Oval Office?

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    1. Yes it is different. In usa they dont want anybody extorting the people except the government themselves.

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    2. No. The us is like mexico was back in the 90s. Peacful but full of corruption. Look at mexico now.

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  6. DD, Forum adminstratorAugust 25, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    un vato, that piece is toooo gooood. I want to print it out, frame it and post it on a tree in the main plaza here in my town.

    I am going to re-post it on the Forum just in case one of our readers neglected to check the Main Page today.

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  7. This guy will be dead soon. Next

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  8. "A politician that is poor, is a poor politician" - Carlos Hank González

    That quote by a reknown PRI politician pretty sums up the prevailing attitude of PRIISTAS once they obtain positions of power. Now you have PRI president filling gov. posts with ex-bureaucrats of another PRI gov. You give me the presidency, I'll give you gov. posts. I'll even have your brother exonerated. Maybe we're all mistaken! Perhaps Carlos Salinas de Gortari the shot caller and EPN the figurehead.

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  9. THIS IS THE PRI AND WILL BE THE PRI,Pena is conected. to old school politicos,old school drug lords and besides he close to Salinas clan.My poor Mexico,will never change.

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  10. Mexico is worse than the USA, but we are catching up. This statement applies to us too.

    "The good gullible citizen should understand that this is how corruption grows, from the top down, but he should never speak its name, because everybody's corruption is nobody's in particular, it is now a culture, a clouded way of life, confused, it is the death of meritocracy, the exaltation of injustice, the fog in which the good and the bad are indistinguishable, and where words no longer mean anything. A culture of fog, yes, but one that we are proud to call our own."

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  11. Wow when will this corruption stop? I know when mexican citizens stand up in arms against the government..like syria fact

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    1. rape in the military schools in Mexico,Google it like that,they say all lower cadets accept being raped by upper classmen as the price of graduation,and to prove their commitment to their duty.that is a fucked up military and could explain the callousness towards other Mexicans and why the corruption is so rooted up in their asses.

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    2. Corruption stop.when the sun stops burning

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  12. Gulliable citizen my ass. There full of shit .

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  13. Pri = poverty to regular people. Means rich will get richer while poor well. Till it's people stand up for their rights as citizens and humans.Its starts at the top president, governors,televisa, pfp, milataryon and on. The ppri just getting warmed up remember they lost some time. Who didn'tknow Pena nieto was Salinas puppet and his compadre hank ron. The real mafia is the politics in Mexico they just use the cartels to distract attention and do dirty work and charge a fee for the lease ( la plaza).

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  14. Excellent post Vato.

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  15. Vato, you pick the best articles, thank you.

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  16. but when all is said and done,the sheeple in mexico traded their precious vote for a measly torta(sandwich),a t-shirt,the "lucky"ones got a weeks supply of groceries,the PRI=mexicos cancer,you figure Mexicans would had known that after 70 years of corruption from those bastards,Im beginning to think that the Mexican people enjoy been robbed and shit on,oh well...no sympathy from me anymore....

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  17. Well considering the fact that PEMEX is a patrimony of the Mexicanos, along with other govt. controlled industries, - why doesn't the govt. just give some orf the profits to the citizens of Mexico and all is forgiven. Come on govt. of Mexico - just send a royalty check, along with back pay, to every man, woman and child that is a citizen of Mexico ; it belongs to them anyway! Corrupt politicians and their families have paid themselves through the funds of the govt., some of which come from PEMEX - Carlos Salinas de Gortari, Felipe Calderon, etc. Just give the people their fair share!

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  18. Por esto estamos como estamos en Mexico, no ay justicia, La justicia es para el mejor postor.

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  19. Mexico needs to have a civil war like Egypt!!!!

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  20. advice for the American Citizen, don't go to Mexico

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  21. Really good post. If it was you or whoever translated this from it's original proceso article did a great job, it is disgusting how pathetic mexico is getting, the PRI cartel comin back with a vengence, just like the worst form of cancer, and mexicans just keep takin it up the ass. That PRI cartel dick just poundin and poundin it's huge cock up that mexican nation, stealin and stealin more with each thrust, until the mexican populace begin to like it, like a great whore, proud of being a whore in fact, they love it.

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  22. Vato translated it in what seemed a few minutes.

    I hate Vato:)

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  23. Everytime i ever had to go before a judge, i either went to jail..had to pay out a lot of $$..or both. I never got anything nice said to me, or about me...quite the opposite situation for me, LOL!!

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