4T: PRESENT AND FUTURE
By Pedro Miguel
It is as inadvisable to disregard the present by dreaming of the future as it is to forget about the future by living only in the here and now. Even if some do not even recognize the laws of gravity, if there is something that should be acknowledged in the process of national transformation led by Andrés Manuel López Obrador, it is his vision of a future Mexico, the discipline with which he has stuck to the means to achieve it, and the realism with which he has drawn the line between what is necessary and what is possible.
As we approach the end of the fourth year of the current presidential administration, it is impossible to ignore the enormity of what has been accomplished, but also what remains to be done in order to ensure a peaceful, honest, democratic, fair, and prosperous country, where prosperity is understood not as a harmonious choreography of macroeconomic indicators, but as living conditions that produce across-the-board satisfaction.
The 4T set out to build such a country in a market economy severely distorted by corruption, under the rules of one of the most dishonest liberal democracies and with a fully dysfunctional justice system. Against all odds -that is, despite national and international media bombardment, judicial and legislative blockades, and civil activism by obscure corporate interests-, the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador has managed to radically reorient economic policy. To the point that today, the priority in public spending is no longer the enrichment of a few -that original modality of accumulation called corruption-, but the generation of wellbeing for the majorities, not only as a premise of social justice, but also as a measure of elemental lucidity to strengthen the internal market and provide consumers to industry, commerce, and services.
Corruption has not been eradicated, as it is not in any nation, but it has been severely reduced with a double beneficial effect. On the one hand, billions of pesos have been freed for public spending and, on the other hand, precedents and lessons have been set to weaken what was an automatic temptation on the part of many public servants: to steal.
The country continues to suffer from an electoral system immersed in frivolity, technocracy, and the openly contentious, abusive, and arbitrary nature of its main officials. Elections continue to be grotesquely expensive and the party system is still fertile ground for corruption, the pursuit of profit, and the use of power for personal gain. In these years, the population has become increasingly certain that, if there is a dictatorial element in political life, it is to be found in the National Electoral Institute and the Federal Electoral Tribunal. And, most importantly, the government has provided a great boost to participatory democracy, to forms of popular power, and to the conviction that legitimate power comes from the people.
In terms of public security, the peace and security strategy implemented has yielded results inversely symmetrical to those of Felipe Calderón’s war against crime. While the latter boosted criminal violence and decomposition year after year, the former has been reducing crime rates slowly -exasperatingly slowly- but steadily.
From what has been achieved so far during the president’s six-year term in office, it is possible to delineate what remains to be done in its final three years: persevere in the fight against corruption, impunity and waste, expand rights and freedoms, extend social programs, complete regional development projects, maintain the recovered sovereignty, and deepen the very complex tasks of building peace and eradicating violence.
There may not be time or favorable circumstances to undertake a profound reform of the judicial system, to achieve a radical change in the legal and institutional framework of the electoral system, or to promote an energy transition that is exemplary in the world. But the foundations for this have already been laid.
Moreover, what has been done is irreversible. If the next President aspires to have governability and even viability, he or she will have to keep on course and maintain the spirit of the 4T. This will imply continuing with the fundamental guidelines established by the current administration and basing itself on them to present a vision of the Mexico of 2030. In short, the new administration will have to maintain a peaceful, honest, democratic, fair, and prosperous country as its guiding star and perspective.
Source: La jornada