Our Mexican correspondent Ramiro González Camarena sends these brief remarks on last week’s election from a south-of-the-border perspective, and includes some of the relevant political context in Mexico.
I Just wanted to say hi in this calm moment after the storm. I hope you and Dymphna are doing well and have a bit of peace of mind now. At least I do.
It would be hard for me to explain why, but I’m glad about the outcome of the election. I was terrified at the mere thought of this woman in power, though none of my acquaintances or friends seemed to see this — of course we became the “silent majority of Mexicans” that do not agree with the views she had. Amalia, my wife, has also learnt to keep quiet around friends and acquaintances.
Sometimes it feels as if the middle class of educated youth all over the world had ideologically betrayed the lower classes, by trying to climb up to an elite lifestyle, and had ended up disconnected from reality — too much information and too much denial, I suppose? Too much of an alternate reality via the interwebs, perhaps? I’m afraid I’m only guessing.
I was raised to think it was going to be the other way around, that middle classes would be educated to achieve something better for all. That now sounds like the mantra a SJW repeats to himself every day. Nevertheless I still hope that hard work, ingenuity and not being plain stupid by ignoring the signs of times will give my family something better than what the world has to offer.
By the way, since the political party PRI came to power in 2012, we all knew there were rough times ahead for the Mexican economy. They’ve been causing crises every since — I heard about 1982 when inflation reached 800%, and I lived through 1994 when we lost our family owned bakery yet people in power became richer. So it was only a matter of time.
And I don’t blame the US for what’s happening today, I only think somebody had to end the vicious cycle of people having to illegally emigrate instead of holding their government accountable for the lack of work, awful rural conditions, a stale economy, ever-increasing bureaucrat salaries, taxpayers’ money funding private owned Ferraris, reductions in tech and education budgets, and so on.
It is a difficult thing to say, because everyone who tries to hold the government accountable is usually murdered. So I have to say it is going to take a catalyst to get all people moving in the same direction again, like our revolution only 100+ years ago, and if this catalyst is the impossibility of moving up North, then I just hope the political revolution to come isn’t a violent one, and cartels don’t become the replacement for jumping across the river.
Did you know that oil has been replaced by money sent from the US as the first source of income for our country? Shameful, yet no one has had the [manly equipment] to put a stop to this — until now.
A funny thing is, if only people could come and see that Mexico is all about walls. Every house has them, especially the rich people, for obvious reasons. But poor people have them too! They might not have doors, but will build walls first thing — you just have to be protected! It’s rough times, neo-liberalism at its finest (I understand neo-liberalism as government not regulating anything). Mom’s house for instance, has walls, window bars, an alarm, an old dog and a couple of inherited firearms.
Anyhow, I hope I didn’t put you to sleep. I just felt confident enough to drop you these lines since I read the tipsters were being slow these days. And sometimes, in one way or another, you need someone to listen to you — or read you — and only to share opinions and thoughts, no name-calling, no look-giving, just sharing and thinking. One tends to get intellectually lonely out here.
All the best!