Argentine First Lady Defends Presidential System in Mexico

25 de abril de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Argentine First Lady Defends Presidential System in Mexico</h1><p>April 24 (EIRNS) -- In an April 24 speech before the Executive of the Mexican Senate, attended also by the heads of the party caucuses and the Foreign Affairs Commission, Argentine First Lady and Senator Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner delivered an optimistic message on how Argentina has been able to recover from its near disintegration, by using the powers inherent in the U.S.-based model of Presidentialism, which both countries share.</p><p>This is a crucial conceptual intervention, at a time when Mexico's synarchists are demanding that the Presidential system be replaced with a parliamentary one, to ensure the destruction of the nation-state. In January 2007, the LaRouche Youth Movement in Mexico identified this fight as the central issue for the survival of Mexico, and its neighbors, in a pamphlet printed in Mexico and circulated throughout Ibero-America, on: "How To Constitute a New Mexico, Preamble for Our Constitution; A New Politics Begins." ()</p><p>Mrs. Kirchner told the Senators that in Argentina, because of the history of the 1976-83 dictatorship, and the corrupt "democratic" governments which followed it, citizens lost their trust in the Presidential system. "You know," she said, "that our Presidency, our Constitution, is a copy of the American Constitution." People saw that candidates made all sorts of campaign promises, but when they became President, they did something else. So people lost faith in the institution, because they saw that those elected officials didn't really represent "the interests of the majority, but only those of economic groups." The institution was discredited.</p><p>Now, after four years of the Kirchner government, this has changed, Sen. Fernandez said. She detailed for the Mexican Senators how her husband's economic policy - which she has identified elsewhere as modeled on FDR's New Deal policies-- has begun to turn things around, reducing poverty, creating jobs, promoting industrial and economic growth. It was not the institution that was the problem, she said, but those who occupied it.</p><p>Mrs. Kirchner also underscored that both Argentina and Mexico now have a "fantastic opportunity" to strengthen their ties and to work together to deepen regional integration. "This is part of the reason which has brought me here to Mexico," she said. Mexico is at one end of the continent and Argentina at the other, "as if these were the two arms of the region." Those two arms must be extended to embrace the region, she said, deepening the ties that bind these nations historically, economically and politically. While the region suffers from many problems, particularly unjust income distribution, Mrs. Kirchner said, the conditions today are ripe for this kind of cooperation, so that the region may "grow harmoniously."</p><p>This is another crucial intervention. For most of the 20th century, Mexico was at the forefront of integration efforts, but it has been increasingly absent from this process, when not openly attempting to sabotage it, since the IMF seized control of its affairs in 1982.</p><p>After a lively exchange with the Congressmen, Mrs. Kirchner said she would like to arrange for Mexican Senators to visit the Argentine Senate, to begin a process of deliberation and reflection on these vital issues. As the world becomes more complicated, she said, it will be important for there to be a shared vision between these two groupings, particularly regarding foreign affairs. She also underscored the need to return to multilateralism, to ensure the security of all nations.</p></div></body>