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Your Vote Counts-- For Better or For Worse
by Jan Garcia
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Last Sunday, on July 1st, the 2012 presidential elections took place in Mexico. This year I was surprised to see that the candidates running to be the next President of Mexico seemed to be unprepared and not ready to change Mexico for the better. Out of all the candidates, Josefina Marquez Mota seemed to be "the most ready" for this job-- intellectually and personality wise. Unfortunately, Enrique Peña Nieto from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) won these elections.
Before learning about these candidates, I did not mind that he was the next President. However, this news was disappointing when I saw Nieto in interviews. The picture above shows how today's Mexico's President is viewed. First of all, he confessed that he does not like to read. In a book fair, he struggled mentioning the name of THREE books that he had read or had an impact in his life. To make matters worse, in another interview, his answers suggested that he was clueless about how dangerous Mexico. What type of president is that? Thousands of innocent people have died due to the organized crime (drug war). Second of all, he does not know what was the minimum wage in Mexico, so how the hell is he going to address the bad economy that Mexico is facing, when he does not know the basics?
It is very sad to see that Mexico, the country were I was raised is moving backward. Having that kind of representative tells that the priorities are not to improve Mexico's condition. In fact, representatives from PRI were synonym of violence and corruption.
Suppose that these elections were transparent and honest. This means that the people chose the president. Who in the right mind would choose a person like that to address the issues of the country? I bet many did not know their candidates in depth. Perhaps many made their decision on the spot without a reasonable reason why they voted for that person. Situations like this make me upset. I hate to see decisions taking place based on ignorance. This is why it is very important to be informed citizens.
Who knows if Enrique Peña Nieto will challenge the stereotypes shown in the picture of this blog post. In the meantime, I hope that he turns out to be someone who cares about los mexicanos and at least, improve the situation in Mexico.
To learn more about these elections check out the following links: