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February 17, 2005

Maybe Bush Should Worry about Democracy in Mexico?

Here's one more reason it's hard to take conservative breastbeating over promoting democracy seriously.

Mexico.

While the last Mexican Presidential election was relatively fair-- and the decades-long rule by the incumbent PRI party was broken -- the fact is that the United States for decades just ignored election after election where opposition parties were suppressed and their votes stolen. In 1988, leftist candidate Cuauhtemoc Cardenas won the most votes, but the US happily allowed the PRI to corruptly steal the election.

And now it looks like history might be repeating itself. A new candidate from Cardenas' party, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is leading in the polls for President. So the governing Congress in cahoots with the judiciary are trying to have him imprisoned on trumped up charges. 70% of the Mexican people oppose this attempt to use the courts to suppress Lopez's candidacy.

So if Bush is going to bellow about democracy in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria, maybe he should say a word about assuring democracy right on our border?

Posted by Nathan at February 17, 2005 01:27 AM