Enrique Peña Nieto's Presidency is the worst thing that could've happened to Mexico

I couldn't help my tears of rage and sadness while I watching Univision's coverage of the Mexican Presidential election once I realized that Enrique Peña Nieto was the winner. I cried because I'm ashamed of all the Mexicans who voted for him.

I know a lot privileged Mexicans voted for him because they will be able to make money and will probably get favors in return--meaning a lot of loser idiots will likely land powerful positions public office.


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I also know that some Mexican voters were handed prepaid money cards and got offered food and benefits in return for their votes. That's the only reason why they voted for him, and that demonstrates the fact that huge class differences are still a major problem in our country.

But what about the working class voters? Why did they vote for him?

The truth is that the PAN (the party that ruled for the last 12 years) did nothing right. So the fact that this autocratic and corrupt party returns (PRI) is mostly the PAN's fault. People got tired of a sluggish economy and the sharp escalation of a drug war that has killed roughly 50,000 Mexicans over the past six years.

In any case, there is no single answer for this bad decision. And I'm too sad to confront the fact that I was at war with him during his whole campaign. Truth is, I lost.

So I can sit here and tell you  things like how Peña Nieto overspent his $330 million campaign-funding limit and received favorable and ridiculous coverage from Televisa, or the fact that he's surrounded by corrupt and terrible people--but the truth is that all of this doesn't make any difference now.

The Federal Electoral Institute's representative count said Peña Nieto won about 38 per cent of the vote.

"There is no return to the past, you have given our party a second chance and we will deliver results," said Peña Nieto.

Now it's time to look at the promises he made to the Mexicans and pray.

I don't know what it could've taken for Lopez Obrador (my candidate of choice) to win, but I kept hoping for it until the end. I believe that the PRI's return to the presidency is the worst thing that could happen to Mexico, I can only hope that I am wrong. Despite a clear victory for the PRI, more than 60 percent of voters did not support Peña Nieto so I'm really hoping that they, and especially the leaders of the growing student movement, stay involved. 

I guess I have to accept the fact that Enrique Peña Nieto is my president. Now, I'm left to simply wonder: Will he be able to govern?

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on Jul 3, 2012 at 10:25 AM

totally agree with your statement... specially when you see the results: about 70% of the people in Mexico didn't want EPN as their president.. but the thing is, there's more than 2 political party, so what should we expect?

As I read on a photo in FB: "Mexico eligio a un presidente muy parecido a su pueblo: Nunca ha leido un libro, es infiel y quiere una vida de Novela".


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on Jul 3, 2012 at 5:00 PM
OTRA VEZ LA HISTORIA SE VA A REPETIR , lo siento por los q viven en Mexico , hay hay con Pena nieto
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on Jul 4, 2012 at 2:58 PM

I can see your rage....but this isn't much different than 2008 US elections. The poor will still vote for Obama and the rich will still support him and have their fancy parties while our economy is completely depleted.

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on Jul 4, 2012 at 9:57 PM
I agree that EPN is not at all a good president but from him and lopez obrador i prefer him come on where do you think he was going to get 1000 dollers for every mexican family his campaien was full of unbelieveble lies. The best ideas where from cuadri but of course lots of people follow the party not the canidate But of course like my grandma says everybody thinks diffrente.
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on Jul 5, 2012 at 9:09 AM
iam not even mexican ,i am nicaraguan i feel sad for the mexican community that they have this clown for president , and i bet the 30 percent he won was because of his wife
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