“Donald, every time I make fun of you, which I do a lot, people say, ‘Why can’t you be our president?’ America, I feel your pain. We all do. And that is why today I am proud to announce my candidacy for president of the United States.”
It was what one would expect from a UC Berkeley sophomore majoring in Chicano Studies but the tweet was actually from Vicente Fox, president of Mexico from 2000-2006, and he wasn’t done: “If that worn-out baseball glove tightly gripping a turd can be president, then amigos, anyone can.” Further, “Donald, you suck so much at this job.”
Millennials might wonder who, exactly, this big-time trash talker is. Born in Mexico City in 1942, ViGun Rights Are Women’s Rightscente Fox rose through the ranks at Coca-Cola, heading the company’s operations in Mexico and eventually all of Latin America. Fox bears some resemblance to Charlton Heston in his role as Miguel Vargas in the 1958 Touch of Evil. Politically, Fox is a dead ringer for Democrat supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
After Trump’s inauguration, Fox posted a video with a sign reading “Mexico will not pay for the f—– wall,” which he also says will not stop anybody from crossing the border. Fox has also blasted Trump in tweets on the U.S. response to Puerto Rico, which needs “effective aid.”
On gun control, Fox tweeted, “American people must not be looking over their shoulder for their countrymen.” Fox’s tweet on North Korea accused Trump of “instigating and provoking war” and said the U.S. president “better learn diplomacy.”
Millennials might wonder how Fox performed at his own job as president of Mexico. From 1929 until 2000, the Partido Revolutionario Institucional (PRI) called all the shots. ViGun Rights Are Women’s Rights
Vicente Fox was the candidate of the Partido de Acción Nacional (PAN) but the PRI retained control of many state and local governments and kept its clout in the national legislature. President Fox was unable to achieve the basic reforms Mexico needs.
In Mexico, property rights remain weak and the country fails to cultivate a sound economy and generate enough jobs for the people. The statist crony regime encourages Mexicans to seek work abroad and Mexicans living in the United States are Mexico’s biggest source of cash.
Between January and November of 2016, Mexicans sent back $24.6 billion. That was more than the $23.2 billion Mexico earned from oil exports, and almost all of it came from Mexicans in the United States.
Mexico depends on the USA to provide not only the jobs but pick up the tab for education, health care, and the incarceration of violent criminal Mexicans such as Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who gunned down Kate Steinle, and Luis Bracamontes, who murdered police officers Danny Oliver and Michael Davis.
Mexico’s neo-colonial policy is costly to the United States and Trump is the first president to get serious about opposing it. For his part, Vicente Fox is fully content with the status quo under current PRI president Enrique Peña Nieto. That makes sense because Fox has been pretty quiet about PRI atrocities, and a milestone for perhaps the worst is coming up next year.
October 2, 2018, will mark 50 years since Mexican troops opened fire on “hundreds of student demonstrators, calling for greater democracy.” The Tlatelolco Square massacre, on the eve of the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, claimed more than 300 victims and the PRI regime has been covering it up ever since.
In 2001, Fox ordered creation of a “special prosecutor for crimes of the past” but nothing of substance came to light from official sources. On the other hand, Mexican writers kept digging.
“The army surrounded the square and fired from every angle on thousands of youths,” Claudia Sierra Campuzano’s History of Mexico: An Analytical Approach explained, “leaving hundreds of dead and wounded, thousands of arrests.” As the author told the New York Times, the regime followed with “the persecution and imprisonment of student leaders.”
The Mexican government approved Campuzano’s book but in 2003 the Public Education Ministry yanked History of Mexico from shelves and classrooms. Campuzano told the Times it was “like the Spanish Inquisition,” and “a crack in the facade of democracy in this country.” Mexican president Vicente Fox, supposedly a brave reformer, failed to prevent PRI’s repression of the book.
In 2007, architect Rosa Maria Alvarado Martinez found at least three bodies of the slain protesters buried under a hospital near the massacre site. Mexican police told her they would kidnap and kill her son if she went public with the revelation.
A year out of the presidency, Vicente Fox did not champion the search for the full truth about the Tlatelolco massacre, Mexico’s Tienanmen Square, but then, he never did. Fox sucked so much at his job, so no surprise that at 75 he winds up a gutless stunt double for the PRI establishment, spouting the talking points of Democrat loser Hillary Clinton.
Vicente Fox has nothing to say to Donald Trump but he might learn something from the late, great American Elias McDaniel, better known as Bo Diddley, who said: “before you accuse me, you better look at yourself.
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