The significance of this election for the U.S., and specifically for the U.S. National Question, has already been misread in the mainstream media. I plan to deal with that in an upcoming article.
But yesterday`s outrageous piece of spin by professional spin doctor Dick Morris deserves an immediate reply.
Morris` "The Republican Base Backs `Amnesty` ? assures us that "The Mexican people have just ...embraced free-market capitalism in a dramatic vote."
Once again, provincial Americans are seeing everything through an American lens. Felipe Calderon certainly has a more free-market platform by Mexican standards, but his platform does not correspond to that of a conservative American limited government free marketeer.
Furthermore, Calderon got 35.89% of the vote (vs. 35.31% to Lopez) so that`s hardly an overwhelming victory.
It`s highly likely that Morris was actually working for Calderon, just as he worked for Fox six years ago, so he has a vested interest in puffing Calderon`s free market credentials.
Morris tells us that, in the Mexican campaign, Lopez Obrador "played on popular resentment against American immigration policies." However, as I documented in a previous Memo from Mexico all the Mexican candidates, including Morris` probable paymaster Calderon, support open borders. Calderon joked about the U.S. building a wall on the border and said "we`ll jump over it anyway" and said he supports Mexicans in the U.S. "fighting for human rights, labor rights and political rights." Did Morris coin that line ?
I agree that Calderon has a better economic program than Lopez, but he has no more respect for U.S. sovereignty than any other Mexican politician. But then again, it`s not the responsibility of Mexican politicians to look out for U.S. sovereignty - that`s the responsibility of American politicians. And that`s where our real problem lies.