Originally Posted by Jayhawk
I think one of the reasons people voted for wealthy candidates is because they thought they would be above reproach. I know how rumors abound among those out of power regarding those in power, whether they are true or not. I can't say my friends families were squeaky clean, but I would take that kind of talk w/ a grain of salt. All I know for sure is that their family members in power were never accused of bad stuff by anyone who really knew what they were talking about, and never indited or prosecuted, let alone convicted of any wrong-doing.
It seemed to me at the time, that bribery was just a way of life down there because it was so common - kind of like bartering at the markets.
We were cruising around one day, my friend with Mexican license plates was driving. A motorcycle cop pulled us over, they chatted in Spanish, then we started following him, presumably down to the station. My buddy said "Watch this, he's going to want a pay-off"
Sure enough, after about 10 blocks, he pulled over, and us behind him. "Gilbert" paid him a few pesos, and we were on our way.
I am in no way trying to argue the point you made about your friends, by the way. I'm just relating another story about the fantastic time I had down there.
One last thing came back to me too: He told me "You can't swat a Mexican fly". I tried, and he was right, it's impossible, they are too fast!