I'm not impassioned about politics these days, I tell you. It only seems that way since I've been writing about it more often. And the fact that I'm going to write a bit more in no way means that I get a fiery little sparklet in my eyes when thinking of Mexico's present political situation. If you don't believe me, well, I'll be honest, I guess neither do I.
But I think that despite feeling worked up with questions, considerations and a wide range of doubts, a balance is possible, weighted with a good share of reason. Reasoning can be faulty, especially since self-interest can't help but press influence, and giving it a try can lead to devastating ideas. But it's healthy, and it's helpful, creating an open arena for improvement. This all sounds preachy, I know, but bear with me.
Because I see that one of the most unreasonable and harmful aspects of any culture, and specifically Mexico's, is fundamentally marked with a refusal to employ sound logic. It manifests itself in myriad ways, always linked to an unyielding, obstinate stance. This thing is machismo. And it seems to be the defining principle of López Obrador's new tack.
He has lost the election, and yet he will not abide by this decision of the federal court. By refusing to recognize Calderón as the nation's new leader, by promising unremitting resistance and an alternate, shadow government, he appears to hold fiercely to the most machista of mottoes: primero muerto que rajado, dead before backing down.
It is a mental posture that resists the power of reason, a declaration of assuredness that one is unerring, in the right. It is an exceedingly self-centered, ego-stroking stance, regardless of one's alleged intentions to sacrifice for the others' best interest.
I'll be interested to see what policies are devised in AMLO's alternate government. There may very well arise some potentially effective plans to make the lives of the needy less desperate. That is precisely what dynamic social organizations are for, especially when they ally themselves, if only to a small degree, with the internationally recognized powers that be.
But AMLO is revealing himself as a die hard, implacable macho. Conceding in the slightest to the government he believes is spurious would compromise his position, in spite of the heavy probability that his idea of rendering ungovernable Mexico City or the nation is not, to quote him, for the good of everyone.
His passion is understandable. His rallying of millions is remarkable. His commitment to better the lives of the poor is nothing less than commendable. But if you don't believe in him, well, neither do I. But even now, in my empassioned stance, I'd like to believe that I'm not like Obrador: I'm not primera muerta que rajada.