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The Mexican Revolution and the Cristeros



Raśl Escalante sends this "Small correction: November 20th has been celebrated in Mexico for as long as I can remember. It is the second most important official holiday after September 16th (and far more important than May 5th). During Salinas' regime, I think, the traditional military parade was changed for a civilian sports parade, in which sportsmen from unions, Olympic delegations and others march. It is also the day in which the yearly national awards for distinguished sportsmanship are handed out.

This year, the athlete to receive the most public praise was a handicapped swimmer. It is noteworthy that Mexico's delegation to the Special Olympics (who, incidentally, do a lot better than the non-physicaly challenged teams) has received significant funding in the past from the yearly Challenge for Charity drive run by six West-Coast Business Schools (Stanford, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UCLA, Washington State, and USC, if I remember correctly).

Fox has tried since his campaign (discretely for a change) to be compared with Madero. Ironically, the parallelisms seem to go further than he would have desired: Madero is widely regarded as well-meaning but ineffective and naive. He served as a catalyst for change (which quickly became violent) instead of as a manager of change".

My comment: Mexican TV made much more of the day this year, probably because Fox wants to appear like Madero. Madero was a mystic who practiced the weegee board. I believe he went to Berkeley, which would explain a lot of things. Neither of these applies to Fox.

Ronald Hilton - 11/26/01


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