<I´m referring to the Colombian presidential election first round on May 30. At first glance, Rednecks might not think this is relevant to them. They would be wrong. Obama is itching for a war in South America with Colombia as a staging area. It will be Redneck kids doing the fighting and dying for Ameriican Imperial Corporatist interests here so Rednecks and every other American should pay attention.
Here are you candidates. I include their party and political orientation along with some color about each, although Wikipedia will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about each of them
Uribe´s Defense Minister, Juan Manuel Santos (Party Of The U), Far Right. This man is a butcher so bad he makes Uribe look like Russ Feingold. War with Venezuela, Ecuador and/or Bolivia is a likelihood with Santos. An even more violent drug-war, US-backed police state and anti-trade unionist state is a certainty
Former Mayor of Bogota, Anantas Mockus (Green Party), Center-Left. He was probably the most successful mayor Bogota had in a long time. He has degrees in math and philosophy and is more of a pragmatist than an idealist, although he´s anti-war and for a peace process. He´s flirted with market-based solutions to civil issues found they didn´t work, and was quick to abandon them. He´s known for a big personality and over the top sense of humor. He once mooned a political rival and rode an elephant into his wedding ceremony. He´s declared a Women´s Day in which men were excused from work to do all cooking, cleaning and childcare. His running-mate is another popular ex-mayor, Sergio Fajardo of Medellín. Mockus could also peel off a good number of moderate conservative voters who are pro-peace, drug legalization, etc.
Uribe´s Ambassador (UK) Sra Noemi Sanín (Conservative), Right Wing. She´s got a thin resume but has been around the Colombian political and business scene for years and did her time studying at Harvard when she lost a primary to Andres Pastrana in the late 1990s. She´s basically a global elitist and would not get in the way of any US imperial plans for the region.
Senator Gustavo Petro (Alternative Democratic Pole), Bolvarian Left. As a young man he was an M-19 guerrilla who fought the government. When M-19 briefly became a political party, Petro got a degree in economics, a master´s, a second master´s in Belgium in Human Rights Economics, and a PhD in business administration from the University of Salamanca in Spain, one of the world´s finest schools. He is regarded as both the most intelligent candidate and the most left-wing. He won a seat as a Representative in the lower house and quickly earned a reputation as a fighter of government violence and corruption, something he´s carried over to the Senate, where he led an investigation into drug-trafficking by the president´s brother. He is opposed to US bases and wants a peace process.
Senator Rafael Pardo (Liberal), center-left. He´s the choice of the party bosses, having been party chair Cesar Gavíria´s Mininster of National Security. His low standing in the polls suggests that today´s Liberal Party is Piedad Córdoba´s (She was the actual winner of the Nobel Peace Prize on the votes, but they ignored their own votes and picked Barack Obama), not Cesar Gavíria´s. Pardo isn´t bad. For example, he was tough on the Auto-Defensores, the far right paramilitary terrorist group. He´s just a party time-server and careerist.
Senator Germán Vargas Lleras, (Radical Change), neo-liberal. He was a number of right-wing Liberals who jumped ship to support Uribe in 2006. He has, along with Santos and Sanín, remained a Uribe-supporter. He approves of both Obama´s Plan Colombia and a U.S. FTA.
I like Petro best. I could live with Mockus or Pardo. Sanín and Vargas Lleras are trouble. Santos is a nightmare of war and violence and re-colonialization.
Right now, Mockus holds a small lead over Santos. My guy, Petro, is far back on 6-7% leading only Pardo and Vargas Lleras.
You get one guess as to whom the Obama administration supports. Here´s a hint: it isn´t Gustavo Petro or Antanas Mockus.