López Obrador- an Atypical Leftist- Wins Mexico Presidency in Landslide – The New York Times

By Azam Ahmed and Paulina Villegas
July 1, 2018
MEXICO CITY — Riding a wave of populist anger fueled by rampant corruption and violence, the leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador was elected president of Mexico on Sunday, in a landslide victory that upended the nation’s political establishment and handed him a sweeping mandate to reshape the country.

Mr. López Obrador’s victory puts a leftist leader at the helm of Latin America’s second-largest economy for the first time in decades, a prospect that has filled millions of Mexicans with hope — and the nation’s elites with trepidation.

The outcome represents a clear rejection of the status quo in the nation, which for the last quarter century has been defined by a centrist vision and an embrace of globalization that many Mexicans feel has not served them.

via López Obrador, an Atypical Leftist, Wins Mexico Presidency in Landslide – The New York Times

David Lindsay Jr.
David Lindsay Jr.
Hamden, CT | Pending Approval at NYT Comments.
Congratulations to Lopez Obrador, the former mayor of Mexico City, for winning the presidency of Mexico. Good luck. This writer was shaken to the core by two depressing but excellent articles in the NYT on Sunday, July 1: “Tracking a Package: the perils and price of Migrant Smuggling”, which told the story of Christopher Cruz who went $12,000 in debt and nearly died getting smuggled into the US, and “Mexican Voting Near, Assassins Thin the Ballot”, which reported that 136 politicians had been assassinated since last fall, for running against the wrong cartel or gang.
I still believe that we have to legalize all the addictive drugs that are popular, to cut down their price, and the huge profits, over $50 Billion per year in just the US, that go to cartels and drug gangs. Legalization worked to disarm the gangs in the US after the end of prohibition, and will work again, though the drug cartels and gangs are more diversified now, and my solution will only slow them down, not stop them from killing and terrorizing for profit. Countries that adopt this idea will have to have serious investment in supports for drug addicts. There will be less easy money to corrupt police, judiciary, and politicians, and legalization might give governments a fighting chance.
Several famous economists from both right and left have written that legalization is the only way to cut these cartels and gangs down to size, including Milton Friedman and Herbert Stein.
All the economists I interviewed at the Univ. of WA in 1990, where I received my MBA, agreed, though they didn’t want to be quoted, since the idea was so unpopular.
David Lindsay Jr. is the author of “The Tay Son Rebellion, Historical Fiction of Eighteenth-century Vietnam,” and blogs on Drug Wars, and the Environment, at TheTaysonRebellion.com & InconvenientNewsWorldwide.wordpress.com
Here is the top comment at NYT that I endorsed enthusiastically.
Dannie Otto
Hiroshima, Japan

How can the NYTimes write a 5,000 word profile of Obrador and not once mention that he was a highly successful mayor of Mexico City who left office with an 80% approval rating?

Meanwhile, you take every opportunity to falsely link him with former Venezuela strongman Hugo Chavez. You slur Obrador with an implied linkage, but don’t show any connection at all to Chavez or any other U.N. Democratic strong men.

Responsible journalists would have examined his real history as a politician, including decades within the PRI. He broke with the PRI over entrenched PRI corruption.

Obrador is not a novice politician who burst on the scene as a surprise candidate wielding slogans. He has a track record you could have analyzed as a guide to how he might govern as president.

I am not an expert on Obrador or Mexican politics, but I have read a bit. So far, the most concerning tidbit I have learned is that he hired Rudolph Giuliani to advise Mexico City police. I will grant him a pass on that because at the time Giuliani had not yet sank into the demented demagogue who is a plague on American public life today.

We expect better from the NYTimes.

Dannie Otto


About David Lindsay Jr

David Lindsay is the author of "The Tay Son Rebellion, Historical Fiction of Eighteenth- Century Vietnam," that covers a bloody civil war from 1770 to 1802. It was published by Footmad and Cherry Blossom Press on September 11, 2017. Find more about it at TheTaySonRebellion.com, also known as, DavidLindsayJr.com.
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