Carol Platt Liebau: Viva Conservatives!

Monday, July 03, 2006

Viva Conservatives!

It looks like conservatives rule . . . at least in Mexico.

In a country with so much desperate poverty, kudos to the people who decided that free markets, free trade and capitalism are the way of the future -- and rejected the same old leftist, big government, radical rhetoric that's been so disastrous for so many countries.


Blogger wrabkin said...

Of course, the votes haven't actually been counted yet -- but why should that stop a Republican from celebrating victory!

5:05 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

"... Calderon had a lead of almost 400,000 votes over Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador with returns in from almost 98 percent of polling stations ..."

Sounds like almost all the votes HAVE been counted, Wrabkin. What's up with the attitude?

6:54 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

I guess they'll still head north for more money.

7:11 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

If I were in their shoes, I'd probably come to America, too. But I'd like to think I would do it legally.

But choosing free markets and capitalism has given Mexico an opportunity to change its future. By taking all the decisions out of the hands of government, and by giving individuals and businesses the incentive to improve themselves' Mexico's economy can be transformed into a vibrant, productive, and profitable one.

Then there will be less need to leave Mexico in order to be able to make a living.

Sadly, these changes don't take place overnight. But eventually, given the chance to improve itself, Mexico can rise above its current status.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

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3:24 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Kudos for the low prices also! And the lack of environmental laws for US major corporations.

3:40 PM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

Actually the real victory for Mexico is that the PRI candidate, Roberto Madrazo, is coming a distant third in the presidential race.

The PRI ruled over Mexico's politics for many, many years.

And, it needs to be said, it was a "socialist" party.

The interesting thing is that while the pro-market PAN party's cadidate, Felipe Calderon, is fairly likely to win the election, the "Alliance for the Welfare of all", a socialist coalition that exists apart from the PRI, polled a close second.

If you look at the results, you'll notice that a majority of Mexicans voted for a socialist party (either the new coalition or the PRI). Obviously the reason why the Conservatives won was because the leftist vote was split.

Had the election been using Instant-runoff voting, rather than a first-past-the-post system, the conservatives would have been slaughtered.

It is obvious that the pro-market PAN party is aware of this situation and that the only reason it is winning is due to this split in the socialist vote. Given the fact that many socialists who voted for the PRI will probably defect to the opposing coalition, the future of a PAN president is not so good.

Which means, of course, that PAN will probably tone down their pro-market rhetoric for political reasons.

Given the fact that Vicente Fox spent six years as a PAN president, you'd wonder why it is that a sizeable majority of Mexicans still voted for a socialist party.

In summary, therefore, a mechanical victory for the conservatives, but not a popular one.

3:51 PM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

According to results for the chamber of Deputies (the mexican version of the House of Congress), the following results are probable:

PAN (Conservatives): 33.7%
New leftist coaltion: 29.0%
IRP leftist coaltion: 27.6%

Which means that socialists control 56.6% of the Chamber.

In the Senate, the following results are probable:

PAN (Conservatives): 34.1%
New leftist coalition: 29.8%
IRP leftist coalition: 27.4%

Which gives the socialists 57.2% of the Senate.

4:08 PM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

Oh.. and in the interests of honesty and openness it needs to be pointed out that the PRI, which dominated Mexican politics and is socialist in nature, was a corrupt regime.

PAN's victory six years ago with Vicente Fox has helped to marginalize the PRI.

But, it seems, many Mexicans who were sick of the PRI but still socialist have managed to form an effective coalition in the "Alliance for the Welfare of all".

In other words, a loss for corruption and graft, a victory for leftist ideology.

It also needs to be pointed out that the minor parties (those with less than 5% of the vote) are all socialist in one form or another too.

4:16 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

We have to love what conservative Vicente Fox has done for the good people of Mexico. Now they can sneak into other countries to work for below minimum wages with no benefits. Once again we see conservative strong family values. Quality time with the family while illegal immigrants clean and maintain the chemical waste treated lawn.

Americans are helping the illegals put food on their table. We are a great nation.

7:40 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Excellent posts, Salient. It looks like there's now a narrow chance for free market policies to get enacted and take root in Mexico.

Here's hoping those policies get a chance and prove beneficial to the Mexican people.

6:33 AM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

Well, from what I understand, NAFTA was agreed upon by the socialist PRI back in the 1990s.

I suppose the question is - what sort of socialism is being promoted in Mexico?

I think Republicans should not be too keen in linking their ideologies to PAN, and Democrats should be careful about associating themselves with PRI and that alliance.

7:20 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

The only way conservatives seem to win anything is through theft.

I doubt Carol will be updating her site about the voting fraud.

The daily newspaper El Universal reported 10 ballot boxes and a polling station report were found in a garbage dump in a poor neighbourhood on the edge of Mexico City.

Activists demonstrated outside offices of the government's prosecutor for electoral crimes, shouting against fraud and hanging a huge banner which said: "Ugalde: You deserve jail".,2106,3722455a12,00.html

7:49 AM  

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