Viva Mexico! Viva Democracy!
By Mike Hersh for Mike F., Donna, Deb, Dr. Bill, Janis, Dan, Judy, Kimberly, and Bryan—your PDA National team
The political revolution continues, and it is spreading to Mexico. Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) congratulates Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) on his victory, with the fervent hope that the Mexican people will gain the change they desire and need. PDA is working to bring back Democracy to the USA.
Pollsters predicted a win by progressive activist and former mayor of Mexico City Andrés Manuel López Obrador by 20 points. The actual margin looks to exceed 30 points, and his party won a plurality of seats in the Mexican Senate and outright majority in the Chamber of Deputies. His electoral victory was broad as well, encompassing all but two Mexican states.
After losing the presidential elections in 2006 and 2012, López Obrador ran again this time under a three-party coalition led by the leftist National Regeneration Movement party (Morena) he founded in 2014.
“Corruption is… the result of a decadent political regime. We are absolutely convinced that this evil is the main cause of social and economic inequality, and also that corruption is to blame for the violence in our country,” according to President-elect López Obrador.
He has sworn to fight the wave of murders in the country and punish perpetrators. Convinced that extreme poverty as well as corruption is the root of Mexico’s current level of violence, López Obrador has plans in place to reduce poverty and income inequality and kickstart the economy without raising taxes.
Although he has been a fierce critic of the Trump administration, López Obrador looks to pursue a positive and cooperative relationship with the United States. He plans more active defense and support for migrants facing deportation from the United States. Meanwhile in the USA, we’re striving to hold back an extremist onslaught led by Donald Trump and his Trumpublicans.
In addition to concerns about the President’s advancing his commercial interests at he public expense, his daughter Ivanka Trump and son in law Jarred Kushner (who are among his closest advisors) may also be exploiting their administration roles to advance their personal and/or business interests. White House spokespeople may have improperly promoted Trump’s commercial interests as well.
Mr. Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey raises alarming concerns. Was this action designed to obstruct ongoing investigations into alleged ties between Trump and the Russian government of Vladimir Putin? Richard Nixon’s similar actions, termed “The Saturday Night Massacre,” marked a turning point in the Watergate Scandal. Will history see the Comey firing in a similar light?
Will you support Progressive Democrats of America (PDA)’s calls for a full, independent and thorough investigation of Trump’s transgressions? We are working with top legal scholars, historians, and activists to demand answers regarding all of the substantive allegations. We must determine the scope and seriousness of any wrongdoing. We need your help now to continue this effort.
Congressional Republicans are stonewalling and undermining investigations. We need to elect strong progressive candidates who will not back down, will not give up, and will not be silent in the face of relentless attacks on the rule of law and the most vulnerable members of society. Please sign up for automatic monthly contributions of whatever amount you can afford to help us elect strong progressive Randy Bryce in the primaries and general election.
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Mike Hersh for Mike F., Donna, Deb, Dr. Bill, Janis, Dan, Judy, Kimberly, and Bryan—your PDA National team
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