A Person Worth Emulating

Posted on November 12, 2015


Joaquín (“El Chapo”) Guzmán has become one of the most celebrated personages in Mexico. He is admired by many more people than admire Mexico’s president Enrique Peña Nieto. Why? Both are multi-billionaires but El Chapo rose from impoverished workingclass beginnings to become one of the richest individuals in Latin America whereas Peña Nieto is the heir to political fortunes and was ushered into the presidency by a coalition of entrepreneurs that as country’s chief executive he serves. El Chapo is tough, rough, a Pancho Villa type who twice has escaped from maximum security prisons—the kind of stuff myths are made of. Peña Nieto is soft, tutored and protected by ex-governors and ex-presidents, a blandly good-looking playboy whose image was fabricated by television, as journalist Jenaro Villamil details.

In Hidden Dangers I quoted columnist Denise Dresser “The fact that the Archbishop’s parishioners have confided information concerning the whereabouts of El Chapo reveals something both preoccupying and important: The people have no confidence in the government and do not feel protected by the authorities.”

Her revelation has become increasingly apparent. The best that Mexico’s federal government has been able to do is align itself with the drug cartels and ignore the nearly 65 percent of the population bogged in poverty. Little wonder that El Chapo is a hero worth emulating. Cruel, ambitious, vengeful he rose from poverty to become an international figure while Peña Nieto hides behind an array of protective bureaucrats, his approval rating the lowest of any Mexican president in nearly 100 years.