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By Brandon Rivera

I received my primary election ballot that is to be returned by Tuesday, June 26. The public must decide on a candidate from each Party to run for office in the November election.

The stakes are high as Colorado must take the lead in bringing the country back to some kind of common sense. We as a people need to find our way back to a humanity that seeks and encourages justice and prosperity, that includes everyone from the most successful, to the least successful of us.

Leadership at the state level begins with our governor where fresh voices are actively seeking our vote. On the Republican side are Greg Lopez, former Parker Mayor, Victor Mitchel, former state representative, Doug Robinson, nephew of Mitt Romney and Walker Stapleton, current State Treasurer and Republican front-runer in the polls.

The Democratic candidates include Mike Johnson, former state senator, Cary Kennedy, former state treasurer, Donna Lynne, the current Lt. Governor and Jared Polis, a five-term Congressman that is leading in the Democratic polls. Those voting in the Democratic Primary should be extra careful with these candidates because it is likely that the winner will be our next Governor.

One of the major reasons why the new Governor may very well be a Democrat is because of the elephant in the room: President Donald Trump. The President’s utterances have so poisoned the water, the land, the environment and people’s hearts that many want everything he represents and associates with, to just go away.

The notion of just wanting the bad to go away is also a sign however, that we as Americans should be more serious about engaging the issues of the day that include a President that is marginalizing and diminishing our country. We must understand how he got to this place and how we got to a presidency that serves only the few.

Many Mexicans are going through some of the same pain and are concluding that the violence, the narco-trafficking and institutional corruption cannot be solved short of drastic measures that could very well take away their liberty. According to the polls, the thought is that 3 out of the 4 candidates for President are hacks from political organizations that have failed the country in the past.

So they are turning to Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) and Socialism in a desperate attempt to find a way out of their dilemma. AMLO is on his third try for the presidency, a goal he set for himself over 18 years ago.

He is the type that would rather see poverty run rampant in the country than allow Mexico to continue to be a pawn in the hands of the United States. He is very much of an authoritarian figure that promises solutions through short-cuts.

Democracy is difficult to achieve and maintain. Its success relies on the development of strong institutions that can stand the rigor of social and political discord and change.

Testimony to that fact is the test that American institutions are currently undergoing as the attacks on their character and existence by President Trump are relentless. The jury is still out but they are continuing to do their job despite great challenges.

Mexican institutions have not been as strong as those in the America and stand to suffer at the hands of someone like AMLO that is set to manipulate their intent. It is as the saying goes, “Poor Mexico, so far from God, so close to the United States.”





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