A specter haunts our nation: the specter of polarization.

Although the verb polarize, according to the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language, is related to physics, in its third meaning it defines that polarize means “to orient in two opposite directions”, perhaps from there comes the change of meaning that María Moliner already collects in his lexicon as a sixth meaning of the verb: Polarize: “direct the ideas or opinions of a human group towards opposite poles”. The same Moliner dictionary defines the fourth meaning of the noun polo: “It is used to establish a radical opposition between two things”; and she gives an example: “What you say is the polar opposite of what he says.”

This is how Mexican society is, to our dismay: divided into opposite extremes, with no idea having a place in the middle of the political scale. Either you are for or you are against President López Obrador and the 4T. Liberals and conservatives. Chairos and fifis. Although in politics the existence of unanimity is not healthy, antagonistic hatred is not valid either.

At the center of this irreconcilable division is the figure of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, he is the axis of the violent and magnified criticism of his ill-wishers and the uncritical and quasi-religious adoration of his supporters. The minor and well-deserved criticism of his actions or that of his collaborators is considered a patriotic contempt. The two positions inhibit those of us who see the national reality without Manichaeism and who want to express our opinion without being magnified and acclaimed by the forces that support the president -if they consider it in favor- or belittle and disqualify it -if they consider it contrary- . The same happens with the sector that considers everything that comes from Tabasco as nonsense.

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At present, national public life unfolds in a struggle of emotional disturbances, rather than in a concert of real reasoning. Today the national public opinion is forged in the morning conferences of the president who does not let go of the real reasons for the resignation of his collaborator, Julio Scherer Ibarra, supports the prosecutor Alejandro Gertz Manero in his ignominious and obsessive revenge, and even gives the luxury of uncovering potential opposition candidates by 2024.

Of the Bronco and other details

On Tuesday morning, Jaime Rodríguez Calderón el Bronco, accused of having used public resources and state officials in the obtaining the required signatures to compete as an independent candidate in the 2018 presidential elections. The former governor of Nuevo León was transferred to the Apodaca prison built during his administration.

This circumstance reminded me of an old joke: the governor and his secretary of Public Works were chatting about the construction of a school or a prison in the state. The secretary favored the school, the governor favored jail with the following argument: We already went to school, we can go to jail.

Vicente Fox, who even what he doesn’t eat hurts him, issued a tweet that reads: “More bullshit, pure cannibalism: Bronco to Medina… The ‘kid’ to Bronco. Aguas ‘chamaco’ you are (sic) too young to get between the legs of horses”. It seems to me that Fox is jealous of the government couple made up of the “kid” Samuel García and his wife Mariana Rodríguez. She manages a budget of 300 million pesos in “Amar a Nuevo León”, an institution created expressly for her.

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Final point

Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they get excited about the trip.


Writer and television screenwriter

The Privilege of Opinion

Mexican television writer. He is known for having written the scripts for programs such as Ensalada de Locos, La carabina de Ambrosio, La Güereja and something else, El privilege de manda, among others.



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