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PostAmlo: The Next Chavez...or the Next Juarez? (from Gary Moore) (John Eipper, USA, 02/27/19 3:46 am)
Gary Moore writes:
The logical questions John E asked in his comments on Amlo/pipelines (February 25th) are among the many that, in the press conferences, seem seldom to get asked or answered, with the pronouncements then getting repeated and repeated as holy writ.
Indeed, Amlo is a different kind of president--with lengthy morning press conferences, while his predecessor rarely had even one. But in the above regard it looks much the same: words from the papal throne endorsed reverently as if they were verified, with the questions then disappearing into tomorrow's news cycle.
Who is Amlo? He has carefully avoided the kinds of confrontational rant that made Chávez a lightning rod. By manner as well as deeds, he seems determined to rescue Mexico's culture from...well, from its own cynicism. But there is the deeper question, whispering in faint clues of language that may simply be misconstrued artifacts: No matter how sincere he is, is he completely sane? Is he able to believe the Marxist vision (he repeatedly scoffs at the "neoliberal" past) because... (fill in the blanks)?
I went into this thinking maybe to track a new Chávez, but now grow predictably lost in the dust clouds of Mexican chaos, for which some Amlo rhetoric may be just the inspirational remedy the doctor ordered. Could there be, not a new Chávez, but a new Juárez?
(And no matter how ineffectual he may wind up being against the chaos, with his sermons edging close to The New Man, could it be that Mexico will wind up loving him anyway--for trying? Could it thus rewrite an envisioned victory in memory? As with Juárez. And Cárdenas. Beloved for the effort, which is re-envisioned as victory.)
Much too early for such questions--which can only come when it's much too late. A minefield for the observer. One false step and you wind up either among the deluded cheerleaders or the smug obstructionists, while Mexico's future hangs over the pit.
JE comments: Among the Chávez-Juárez-Cárdenas trinity, Amlo is probably closest to Cárdenas (obsession with oil, anyone?). But it's way too early to tell. Gary Moore makes two Amlo observations that we should use as metrics for the coming 5+ years: Will Amlo rescue Mexico from its cynicism? And for this, will he be celebrated...for trying?
Gary first sent this comment to me privately, but I insisted on posting. Gary, may I appoint you WAISdom's official Amlo-Watcher? We need one. There is so much noise today about our most populous neighbor, but precious little careful observation. And almost zero analysis.