I upset a few people in my April 1st blog, It’s Time To Take Back Our Border, when I referred to Mexico as a “cesspool teeming with disease and vermin.” In the spirit of detente, can we agree that while most of Mexico is a good place, filled with good people, most of the Mexican border region is a cesspool? Come on folks, I’m trying, meet me halfway!
I also had people who agreed with me that the problems on our southern border are out of control, but asking what we can do to stop the border violence that is spilling over onto our side.
At least one reader suggested legalizing drugs, since so much of the crime and violence is associated with the drug trade. I’m sorry, but just I can’t buy into that theory. Yes, I know all about Prohibition, and what a failure that was. And yes, I know that people who want drugs will find drugs. But I still do not think the government should condone them. I’m not even a fan of alcohol. I’ve seen too many tragedies, and families destroyed, by substance abuse, be it alcohol or drugs.
Other countries execute drug smugglers and dealers. They don’t spend years on appeals and legal nonsense, they just try them, convict them, and kill them. But of course, we’re too civilized to do that, aren’t we? Maybe it’s time to change that thinking. No, executing a drug dealer will not stop the flow of drugs, but it will damned sure keep that particular scumbag from distributing his poison!
Someone else wrote to say that to rectify problems south of the border, “we have to change minds and hearts.” We tried that in Vietnam, and as I remember, it didn’t work out too well then. I don’t think it will be any more successful now.
Another reader commented that “The solution obviously is for both the USA and Mexico to work on and solve the problem. We can’t do it alone. If the Mexican authorities do not crack down on their side of the border, these drug and gang problems will continue.” I agree. However, that is a big part of the problem. The drug cartels own a lot of the Mexican politicians and police, and they are not afraid to kill those who are not on their payroll.
Several people chastised me for my comments about Mexico, and wrote that the majority of Mexican citizens are wonderful, decent people. I don’t disagree. But I get darned tired of hearing about all of the wonderful, decent people in the world who stand by and let thugs and dictators ruin their countries, waiting for somebody else (read America) to come and make it all better. It’s their damn country, they need to take responsibility for it, and take action, instead of being passive victims!
As I remember my history lessons, when we decided that we didn’t like the way King George was ruling the Colonies, farmers and shopkeepers grabbed their squirrel guns and muskets, and sent the British packing. Maybe oppressed people across the globe need to take a lesson from our past.
I knew an elderly Jewish man once, who wore the tattooed numbers of a Nazi concentration camp on his wrist. We used to talk about his experience growing up in the Holocaust. I remember him saying that he was bitter that his father and the other members of his community in Poland stood by praying for salvation, and awaiting the day that the British and Americans would come to their rescue, instead of taking a stand and fighting. “Yes,” he said “They would have no doubt all been killed by resisting. But they would have died like men, doing something! Instead they died like animals in the gas chambers and work gangs of the concentration camps.”
The drug lords are not going to just quietly fold up their tents and go away peacefully. The problems on the border and in Mexico are not going to disappear, no matter how much we want to believe they will. As I said in my earlier blog post, blood will be shed. It’s inevitable, and anyone who believes otherwise is living in a dream world.
So what should we do? I believe that we need to bring our troops home from the other cesspools of the world, fighting endless wars that accomplish nothing, and concentrate them on cleaning up the cesspool on our own border. We have enough technology and military manpower to cover every foot of that border. Unfortunately, most of it is in Iraq and Afghanistan.
If you try to break into my home at night, under the castle doctrine in many states, I have the right to shoot you. Let’s practice that as a nation. If a criminal comes across our border, our troops need not only the authorization, but also orders, to use deadly force. Don’t whine to me about how cruel that is! That’s why it’s called a war on drugs! Don’t go crawling in my window late at night either!
The next step is to support positive change in Mexico. Not the smiling Mexican politicians who glad hand us in front of the cameras, and then turn a blind eye to the chaos the drug cartels have wrought in their country. The Mexican people have to clean house if they want things to change, and want a better country. If it takes a revolution south of the border to bring change, so be it. Revolutions happen every year, someplace. We clandestinely or openly support them all around the globe.
Now I can hear my Liberal friends gnashing their teeth right now, and saying that I have gone over to the dark side, while my Conservative friends, who were cursing me a while back when I wrote in favor of President Obama’s health care plan, saying “it’s about time.” Being an independent thinker can be lonely at times.
But I truly believe that while the greatest majority of the Mexican people are indeed good and decent, I also believe just as strongly that if we and they don’t take real, harsh, ugly action to protect our common border and clean up their country, we will all lose in the long run.
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