A presidential candidate recently visited Los Angeles, California, and made some big promises.
No, I’m not referring to Biden or Trump, or any other American candidate, but to Claudia Sheinbaum of the MORENA party.
She’s a Mexican presidential candidate and is currently ahead in the polls.
Every 12 years, the U.S. and Mexico have presidential elections in the same year.
In 2024, both countries have elections. Mexico's are on June 2, less than eight months away.
Sheinbaum, former mayor of Mexico City, is running as the standard-bearer of the MORENA party, an acronym for Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (National Regeneration Movement), which coincidentally also means “brown-skinned” in Spanish.
MORENA is a leftist party founded by current president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, commonly known as AMLO.
At this point, it appears that Claudia Sheinbaum is winning the election. Recent polls put her way ahead of her closest opponent, Xochitl Galvez.
To win a presidential election in Mexico, a candidate only needs a plurality (not even a majority) of the popular vote, so it’s looking good for Dr. Sheinbaum.
I refer to her as Dr. Sheinbaum because she has a PhD in Energy Engineering from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.
In 2007, Sheinbaum was on the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) when that group won the Nobel Peace Prize.
So what was she doing in Los Angeles?
Well, she met with Karen Bass, the mayor of the city.
But the real reason she was there was to do some political campaigning on U.S. soil.
On October 21, Dr. Sheinbaum addressed a packed audience of MORENA party activists at the Million Dollar Theater in L.A.
There she referred to the “Fourth Transformation," the political agenda of current president AMLO, which she pledges to continue.
The candidate said that one of the main objectives of the Fourth Transformation “will be to guarantee that all Mexicans, regardless of where they live in the world, have access to all rights.”
Of course, it’s the responsibility of the president of Mexico to guarantee the rights of Mexicans in their country.
However, the concept of “rights” in Mexico is a little different from that in the United States. Our constitutions are different.
The Mexican constitution is more statist, promising more to the people. The U.S. constitution is based on limited government.
But hey, it’s their country. Mexicans can manage things as they see fit in their nation.
Notice, however, that Claudia Sheinbaum is promising Mexicans “access to all rights” everywhere in the world. Also, most Mexicans living outside Mexico live in the United States.
More from the candidate: “We are fighting so that no male Mexican or female Mexican [it also sounds awkward in Spanish] has the necessity of migrating to the United States to have a dignified life.”
Mexican politicians typically say they want to make it so Mexicans don’t “have to” migrate to the U.S. But they have no timetable for it, because it’s not a serious proposal.
“We are fighting so that male Mexicans and female Mexicans in the United States also have all the rights,” she said.
Why would it be her job, as president of Mexico, to secure the rights of Mexicans (male and female) in the United States?
Mexican politicians have been meddling in U.S. politics, particularly in immigration policy, for years. Almost nobody in our government, of either major party, seems to care.
Contrast that with the hysteria over Russian meddling, which is rather ineffective in comparison with Mexican interference.
Mexicans consider anyone of Mexican ancestry, even if U.S.-born, to be essentially Mexican. Nowadays, there are many U.S.-Mexican dual citizens.
So what about U.S. sovereignty? Once again, our politicians don’t care.
At the beginning of this Mexican political rally on U.S. soil, Mario Delgado, chairman of the MORENA party, addressed the crowd with this bold declaration:
“Let nothing or nobody divide us. No border can divide the Mexican people.”
Hey, don’t worry Mario! With the border under Biden's control, that is easier than ever!
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