It’s true that in public education in Mexico Benito Juarez is referred as a great hero of the Reform Wars, a civil war between liberals and conservative parties. And as we said yesterday, his liberal impulse was one of the most important economic liberal reforms in our history. His fight for liberty and the rule of the law was similar of the Lincon’s one: in their time, they look as weak, erroneous and as leaders of one faction in the civil war. But some years later, it’s obvious that they helped to keep their countries unite and viable, and to help better life for the citizens.
In the down side, Juarez was not precisely a full time democrat: he was president from 1858 to 1864, and from 1867 to 1872. The first time he arrived for the resignation of President Comonfort; then he won one election, fight the French Intervention an the Empire of Maximilian I. In 1871 there was elections, who had him reelected for third time and in his fourth time as president. But was accused of do electoral fraud. It’s said that he says that “When you are in power, you never have to lose it!”. But he died in 1872 as president in exercise. One of the candidates of the 1871 election, Porfirio Diaz, from Oaxaca State like Juarez, was president from 1877 to 1880 and from 1884 to 1911… like Juarez intended. Maybe if he didn’t die in 1872, the Mexican Revolution of 1910 could be against him.