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I credit the Associated Press writer that included the word "chicanery" in the title of his piece on a Mexican Presidential hopeful's slim defeat in last Sunday's elections. I never knew what "chicanery" was until Merriam-Webster online illuminated for me that it is
1 : deception by artful subterfuge or sophistry : TRICKERY
2 : a piece of sharp practice (as at law) : TRICK. I love how the second part of the definition mentions tricky behavior as it pertains to law. Seems in politics however vigilant the public, someone will inevitably try to pull a legal rabbit out of a hat and attempt to placate the audience. Andres Obrador, the left-leaning presidential candidate who found himself about 250,000 votes shy of victory (out of the 41 million votes cast) demanded and was denied a broad recount and called for people to peacfully protest today as officials go through the process of addressing his complaint.
The striking part of this article for me was not the liberal candidate's defeat, or even his call to protestors, consistent with his history of rallying the public to what he's deemed issues of injustice. What was really interesting was the comments of political analyst, Oscar Aguilar, as he chastised Obrador's post-vote tenacity and offered that the candidate's chances in the next election would be greatly helped if he could "concede defeat gracefully." It seems to me liberals, progressives and democrats at-large have internalized this idea of "playing nice with others" and conceding "gracefully" even in the face of blatant wrong-doing or "chicanery" by opposing candidates or parties.
If there is a time to be reserved and not "rock the boat," it certainly isn't on the eve of potentially criminal, incompetent bullies being installed into the highest office in the country. I am alledging nothing against the winner of Mexico's election, but I am affirming the necessity and the right of the people to take their institutions to task and demand more from politicians on a consistent basis. It is all too easy to see the rotten fruit yielded by our supposed leadership opting to "concede defeat gracefully". If some graceful candidate had been more concerned about counting votes and utilized the options afforded by the legal system rather than fretted over being dogged by an impatient, skewed and bought media, the state of this nation might be entirely different. But hey, what's a little matter like loss of credibility, political disenfranchisement and plain 'ole wide-spread fraud when political commentators and news anchors are just so tired of talking about the same old thing? Gee, can't he get over the under-handed deals that lost him an election he otherwise won by vote of the people? Honestly, some guys just don't know when to quit. Well, whatever happened in the voting and counting of the ballots, I hope that Mexico's people and it's leaders know that when to quit is right after every available legal avenue to addressing the issue of possible fraud is explored. Mexico, from my country to yours, it pays to make sure the guy running your nation is actually the president.