I don’t think anyone in Mexico is in the least surprised

Mexico’s political establishment has been shaken by claims that three former Mexican presidents and an all-star cast of lawmakers and aides may have been involved in alleged acts of corruption.

The accusations were leveled by Emilio Lozoya, the former head of Mexico’s state oil company Pemex, and will boost efforts by the country’s current president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, to portray himself as an anti-corruption crusader.

Everyone knew which is why Obrador did run as an anti-corruption candidate and thereby won.

This is about as surprising as finding out that Boris has been dipping his winkle. Yeah, and?

7 thoughts on “I don’t think anyone in Mexico is in the least surprised”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    Latin American politicians are corrupt? Say it ain’t so.

    What is interesting is that Latin American politicians are so corrupt they have been able to maintain an Apartheid-style system with Whites on top, with some leakage from below, for over 500 years.

    The average Mexican President looks very different from the average Mexican. Either Whites are very talented or the White community is very good at taking what they think is theirs.

  2. If the mexican president manages to claw back some of the stolen money, will that make him an Obrador Retriever?

  3. In a country where the Police Chiefs of Mexico City regularly retire as dollar billionaires –this is a surprise?

  4. Ljh, it’s not the politicians, it’s the Catholic Church.

    The appeal of corruption must be extreme. Che Guevara and Castro were going to rid Cuba of Batista’s corruption. They did. Then instituted their own. Plus executed any dissenters, for added measure.

  5. So Much For Subtlety

    Gamecock August 21, 2020 at 2:38 pm – “it’s not the politicians, it’s the Catholic Church.”

    I am inclined to agree with you. Well, corruption is a natural part of the human condition. It is what we do in the absence of any force to make us do otherwise. It is not Catholicism that makes, for instance, Indian defence procurement so incompetent that they are incapable of fielding pretty much any weapon whatsoever. Or their Air Force so incompetent that they make Pakistan look good.

    But Catholicism is not that force. I can believe Calvinism is because it is a Black and White thing. You are Saved or Damned. But the Catholics are more forgiving and understanding of human weakness and you can always make up for it later.

    Generally people like that. I know British people who tell me that the British do sex scandals badly. The French are more civilised. Because of course Mitterrand’s mistress and bastard daughter went to his funeral.

    The problem is that being generous to corruption, and sexual misconduct, is not an isolated event. If you forgive Mitterrand for one, you will probably forgive the other Mitterrand for going to Thailand to sexually abuse Thai boys. Or collaborating with the Nazis. It does look like a package deal. Either the mainstream of society is Mary Whitehouse or it is Jeffery Epstein. Not a lot in between except as a transition from one to the other.

  6. SMFS, I’m not sure we are on the same wave length.

    Mexico is strongly Catholic, hence drug cartels are constituted by Catholics. I presume they make large donations to the Catholic church. Keeping non-medical drugs in the U.S. illegal means the church makes a lot of money.

    As a law: Over time, corporations founded on charitable principles, become about the money, not the cause.

    I believe that the Catholic corporation became about the money centuries ago.

    The U.S. could wipe out all of the drug cartels TODAY by ending prohibition. The Pope et al support prohibition.

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