Today, it seems to be our "focus on books" day. Both coincidently from the same publisher, Penguin Books. And both on powerful leaders: Vicente Fox, ex-President of Mexico, and Alan Greenspan, ex-Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Of course, Greenspan is the more significant and powerful of the two.
Revolution of Hope
The Life, Faith, and Dreams of a Mexican President
Book: Hardcover | 5.98 x 9.01in | 400 pages | ISBN 9780670018390 | 04 Oct 2007 | Viking Adult | Adult | $27.95
Dissing President Bush...
It seems that Mexico's former President Vicente Fox, who was widely touted by the Bush Administration as being friendly to the United States and interested in solving our common problems relating to economics, energy, drugs, border-crossing aliens, has personally dissed President Bush in his forthcoming book.
We owe a debt of gratitude to U.S. News & World Report for the following tidbits ...
"Fox raps his border pal as stubborn and 'the cockiest guy I have ever met in my life.'"
"While he expresses a kinship with W, he breaks with the prez on the war and slams the GOP's immigration platform. "
He blames Bush's stubbornness on Iraq for bad international relations, calls his Spanish 'grade-school level,' and admits he didn't think Bush would ever become president. 'I can't honestly say that I had ever seen George W. Bush getting to the White House,' he pens.
From the advance publicity blurb supplied by the publisher...
"When Vicente Fox swept into office in 2000, he broke the dictatorial one-party rule that had strangled Mexico for over seventy years."
Apparently true, but Mexico still remains controlled by its wealthiest families who seem to invest in Mexican politicians as they do in profitable corporations. What is not being controlled by the oligarchs is being divided by the government and the evildoers. The middle class is almost non-existent.
A native son of Mexico, grandson of immigrants from the United States and Spain, Fox worked his way from ranch hand and truck driver to the youngest CEO in the history of Coca-Cola. His political rise from precinct worker to world leader was equally swift.
You think he would have a better record on governmental cooperation with the United States.
As president, Vicente Fox steered Mexico’s fragile young democracy through turbulent times, ushering in six years of economic stability and reform in health care, education, and housing, with increased freedom of the press.
I wonder if he takes into account the American contribution to Mexico's economy: NAFTA, the drug market, the repatriation of money back to worker's families still in Mexico and the reduction of poverty by exporting it to the United States.
His presidency also reduced poverty and tackled corruption.
Considering the recent border wars between the drug lords and the "old west" nature of many border towns, I wonder how he measured a reduction in crime, especially where a significant amount of crime seems to involve government institutions and officials and where an uncounted number of people are said to "die in the desert" without any official recognition.
For the first time, President Fox reveals the ups and downs of his close but rocky relationships with world leaders from President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair to Fidel Castro, Vladimir Putin and Hugo Chávez.
Promoting the "One Americas" ...
In Revolution of Hope, President Fox outlines a new vision of hope for the future of the Americas. He speaks out forcefully on hot global topics like immigration, the war in Iraq, racism, globalization, the role of the United Nations, free trade, religion, gender equity, indigenous rights and the moral imperative to heal the global divide between rich and poor nations.
Will this be another "globalista" view of the Americas? The confederation of Canada, Mexico and the United States; with each retaining their sovereignty, but sharing open internal borders, a common currency (AMERO) and a free flow of labor?
What can YOU do?
I recommend you consider the purchase of this book, not for historical facts or even a balanced perspective of Mexico's place in the scheme of things, but for insight into how a national leader thinks of the future.
Do not believe the sanitized account of Mexico or its leaders. Like all books appearing after a politician's term in office, the total self-serving purpose is to enhance the politician's personal prestige, power and profits.
For those wanting to hear the ex-President speak about the book, as well as obtaining a signed copy of his book, one local Southern California appearance will be at Cal-Tech's Beckman Auditorium on Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at 8:00 PM. Admission is FREE with no tickets or reservations required. It is not known whether or not the ex-President will host a question-and-answer session. As always, we caution you to be respectful and circumspect in any encounter with any politician.
Remember: do not support any politician who advocates compromising the safety, security and sovereignty of the United States in favor of any foreign entity. Especially those who have attempted to compromise our healthcare, education, justice and retirement infrastructure by granting SHAMnesty to illegal aliens now present in the United States.
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell