We are living, in this country, very strange times: the violence, engendered by criminal gangs but also derived from social decomposition, seems almost irrepressible; Economic growth has contracted dramatically, despite the fact that a recovery is taking place in the form of a rebound when, after the onslaught of the epidemic, the normality of always returns (or, let’s say, a daily life built on the denial of the dangers that they still haunt us because the SARS-CoV-2 chapter is not closed, far from it); The governmental apparatus displays unprecedented levels of dysfunction due to the drastic budget cuts that have been applied to the secretariats, institutes and different state entities, not to mention the cancellation of thousands and thousands of administrative positions – and the consequent dismissal of the civil service workers – undertaken in the name of austerity; the health services operate in very adverse conditions as they lack the necessary supplies and medicines; And, finally, the uses exhibited in the presidential palace are also exceptional because very few heads of state or government claim the power to use the platform of power every day to, among other things, attack critical journalists – mentioning them by name and surname—, vilify his political adversaries, sow discord, and selectively disqualify the media, even if it is about The New York Times, El País, Proceso, Reforma or The Economist.
During electoral contests, candidates are attacked all the time because they are competing directly for public office and then take the reins. But, once the campaigns are over and the results are known, the rivalry ceases to make sense: it is no longer a matter of diverting the other from the path but of starting to govern and sansea ended. Moreover, the civility that rulers are supposed to be – or the one that might be expected of them – ends up manifesting, many times, in their willingness to cooperate with former adversaries, especially in historical moments when interests are at stake. top of the nation.
Unity has always been a supreme value and the ability to renounce personal interests to consolidate the rule of the common good is something that distinguishes true statesmen. The persistent reference to an “enemy” does not help governance nor is it of any use when launching the great transformative crusades, although it may, for the moment, serve to win over the favors of a part of the electorate.
Mexico does not need to differentiate itself from the others. It doesn’t need to be exotic, raucous territory for incendiary speeches. Mexico needs to be a country of achievement. Nothing more.
Roman Revueltas Retes