A part of Peña Nieto's speech at the UN in which he warned of the dangers of extremist populism made up most of my last post. Today the columnist Raúl Flores Rodríguez comments further on it in Sin Embargo. Flores says that when Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto warned against these extremes of left and right, he didn't name names, but "since he was standing on American soil, he was directing his comments without doubt to Mister Miss Universe, Donald Trump, with a message encrypted for the gringos and Andrés Manuel López Obrador [the leader of the left in Mexico]."
More important of course was the fact that the address before the UN confronted discourse against migrants, since it also said that the UN should assume a leading role in a global force to protect the rights of migrants.
"EPN said, 'In every continent, in all latitudes, migrants live stories of risk, rejection, discrimination and abuse....In the entire world, millions of migrants need a collective and effective answer, a global answer which must come from the United Nations'
Flores continued, "We must remember that the subject of 'populism' is now part of the Government of the Republic's and the Partido Reviolucionario Institucional´s agenda, since its been some days since the PRI official and member of the Mexican Senate Manlio Fabio Beltrones said, "I call on us to confront with ideas and proposals the demagogic populists who are surging in various places and wearing different masks, which generate violence and bad blood, and are a social risk to democracy....Let us go to meet the citizens with ideas and proposals which unmask the populists.
Flores asks "Do we really believe that our President has sufficient influence over our neighbor (the US)?
Flores goes on to remind us of the problems of corruption, deterioration of political parties and institutions, etc. which weaken EPN, and in fact other Latin American leaders when they address issues of extreme populism.
What is truly sad is that it was a very good speech.