We write to dissent respectfully, but vigorously, from your editorial “Mexico’s pool dispute” (August 8). In arguing for a full recount you state that the “benefits far outweigh the disadvantages.” In fact, the opposite is true. Bowing to pressure from Mr. Lopez Obrador and his followers in the streets, when there is no credible evidence of widespread fraud or abuse at the polls, would inevitably bring into question electoral institutions and procedures that, by all accounts from objective observers--both Mexican and foreign--performed fairly and impartially.
Resident Scholar Claude Barfield
Research Fellow Mario Villarreal
True democratic legitimacy for Mexico will come from upholding the rule of law, not trampling upon rules and regulations that all candidates endorsed before and during the contest.
Claude Barfield is a resident scholar and director of science and technology policy studies at AEI. Mario Villarreal is a research fellow at AEI.