Honesty and Integrity?
The first comment in thread http://www.nicaliving.com/node/18586 states that "honesty and integrity" is what is needed in government here. That is, that if a candidate offered this, they would win. Is it that simple?
The poster was born in Nicaragua but lives in the US, I believe in the state famous for the loose chads which caused the losing presidential candidate in 2000 to win where he then went on to lie enough to get the US to start a very profitable (for his friends) war.
Before him came the I didn't have sexual relations with that woman president who also was up to his eyeballs in the Contra-Cocaine scandal. It is likely he was elected because only a party change could get the heat off of the previous "Contra-Cocaine" president who had been vice president under the "The Contras are the moral equivalent of the US Founding Fathers" president.
Yes, if we go back one more US president we do find someone with integrity and the only ex-president I can think of that went on to be a real statesman. That earned him labels such as ineffective and even just a week ago a whole bunch of political hacks said they are pissed off because they say his actions in Cuba were that "of a friend" rather than representing the US government's anti-Cuba position.
Bringing things to Nicaragua, what about the MRS in the last presidential election? Was Jarquin the "Nicaraguan equivalent of Jimmy Carter"? To offer an example, when the opposition introduced the total abortion ban, clearly in an effort to prevent an FSLN victory, only the MRS was honest enough to oppose it and they instantly dropped in the polls. Subsequently, they seem to have dropped honesty and integrity in favor of just joining the anti-government pack.
I have known two national-level politicians in my whole life who I would say had honesty and integrity. One, Don Bonker, was defeated on his US senate bid by someone who was, well, incapable of taking a position on anything. The other, Dan Evans, was a US Senator for one term and didn't run again because he found Washington DC incompatible with honesty and integrity.
So, where does this "honesty and integrity" fit?