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Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Politics, Mexican style
I was in Mexico at a wedding for the weekend, and among the things I noted while gazing out the windows of taxis and busses was that it was very clear that an election was going on. Rather than in the U.S. where most of the $ seem to be spent on television ads, there were many many HUGE billboards in the two Mexican cities I saw (Mexico DF and Cuernavaca), and on the highways. Candidates for President, Governor, Senator, and even some smaller positions were all trying to make their name and face known.
Many of the billboards were painted on walls on the side of the street, as opposed to the traditional kind we see hanging high up over the street (though there were plenty of those too). It had sort of a homemade, grassroots feel to it, though even the painted billboards were very consistently done - they all looked the same, had the same colors, and tag lines, etc.
And the tag lines, like in the U.S., were very cheesy. "Working for the People!" "Working hard for you!" "Making Mexico a Better Place!"
Hopefully someday, not just in the U.S. but across the world as well, we'll get to a place where Democracy is based on thoughtful ideas, not flashy signs. I won't lose any sleep waiting for that day though.