El Gobierno de México (The Mexican Government)
I just read an article about Mexican government and the issues at the swearing in of the President-elect Felipe Caledron. The opposition party basically commandeered the podium that was supposed to be used to swear him in yesterday and fought off and on for 17 hours to stop it from happening.
This article is more interesting for how things are said by the author; not as importantly as what is said. Mexico has come under scrutiny from the US government lately for corruption in their government, which has led to rampant drug trafficking and illegal immigration to the United States. Basically we’re saying that our problems are their fault. The fact that there is fighting over an election is making news because of conduct of the members of the political parties. The first interesting point is that the article mentions that the Mexican government has come under scrutiny. The article doesn’t mention that it’s scrutiny by the US. The question there is how much legitimacy does a US criticism of any other country constitute a government being under scrutiny? If Panama has issues with the US government does that mean that the US government is under scrutiny? There is no good reason to have mentioned that in this article. The second point is that other countries have lawmakers fighting all the time. There are Asian countries where this is a fairly common practice. That doesn’t make it in the news every day. I just thought it was an interesting criticism of another country where, in some cases, we don’t have the right to talk.