Having grown up and lived in SoCal nearly all of my 62 years, and having made a few trips to Mexico (camping in Baja, hotelling in Acapulco, day trips to Tijuana & Mexicali), it has always bothered me that the country is so corrupt, backward, illiterate and crime-ridden. There is no excuse for it.
The Mexican illegals with whom the American Middle Class comes into contact are, for the most part, hardworking men & women. The guy standing at the end of the freeway off-ramp selling oranges or cherries or flowers is never a white guy or a black guy – they’re on the other side begging. When you drive down to the place at which day laborers hang out hoping for work, you find Mexicans (and the occasional Central American). I don’t recall ever seeing a Mexican begging; they’re working.
Mexico sits next to the most successful economy in the world. How hard is it to simply copy the Rule of Law and capitalism? Mexicans aren’t stupid. If you’ve watched them build a house, lay blocks building a wall, or mow & blow three adjacent homes at the same time in an assembly-line manner, you know they aren’t lazy.
It becomes increasingly difficult to find sympathy for a nation whose capable people refuse to do the hard work of fixing it.
Mexicans know what works – they come here to take advantage of it.
Mexicans know what does not work – they come here to leave it.
If the Mexican government had working brain cells, and wanted to improve the lives of those they govern (something always in serious doubt), they’d help us build the wall – and the doors in it – to reduce the flight of hard workers (enlisting them instead in fixing their country) and to isolate the cartels for killing.
Mexicans are perfectly able to free their country from its over-heavy government, its corruption, the domination of the cartels, the flight of the hardworking.
If they want to.
Unfortunately for them, and for us, those who should know better – successful American academics and policy implementers – are teaching them all the wrong things: Centralized, heavy government, anti-capitalism, a huge and rising economic inequality (which always gets worse under socialist policies), corruption of the government and bureaucracy (ditto).
If Mexico were to remove its corruption, the drug wars would stop as the supply, and the foot, soldiers would disappear. All it takes is capitalism and the rule of law liberally (not “Progressively”) applied.
America needs to take responsibility, not for exporting success, but to STOP exporting failure. In the case of Mexico, these failures are our appetite for drugs, and our refusal to help them move to a freer, more educated and less-corrupt society.
If Mexico needs a hand in teaching capitalism and the Rule of Law, we can do that, and a successful businessman in the White House may be the place to begin. If they need help with education, we must first remove the economic and cultural Marxism from our schools of education and again produce educated teachers, which we now lack. (A “Progressive” isn’t educated, he or she is degreed; there’s a difference.)
If Mexico needs help removing the drug cartels in order to allow liberty to sprout, its leaders first will have to accept the loss of income gained from those cartels, then get serious about killing the men running them. If they need help with that, and are willing to accept it under serious Rules of Engagement, both nations will prosper.
If Trump can do these things, he will help Mexico and Central/South America more than all of his predecessors, combined.
It is – past – time to grasp – again, as the West did from the beginning of the West until September, 1945 – that serious progress requires serious killing of those violently standing against it, as the cartels violently stand against the progress of liberty & law in Mexico.
We understood this in WW2, with the result that Germany and Japan became freer, better-educated and more prosperous than at any time in their histories. The West has understood this since ancient Rome: For freedom and liberty to prosper, enemies must be killed in sufficient numbers to destroy them and the propagation of their behaviors.
Post-WW2 we ceased to grasp this fundamental truth: Killing bad guys in large numbers results in better outcomes over time than killing them in small numbers in the fantasy that they will see the error of their ways – which they will not. And killing them quickly results in fewer killed in total over longer periods of time. (Capitalism does not support killing in small numbers, the cost-benefit curve is on the side of the cartels.)
Rejecting this historical fundamental is why the world is in the shape it is in today.
If America and Americans want to be free of the damage drugs do to our society, if we want to protect future generations from the incalculable loss of our kids who OD, we need not to kill a few cartel leaders & workers and imprison a few more in the fantasy this will result in victory over them. We need to kill the killers in large enough numbers to force a change in their behaviors.
Which is what war is all about.
America has two choices in re: drugs & Mexico: Get serious about Liberty, Freedom, the Rule of Law and prosecute an actual, not metaphorical war on drugs … or continue to watch our kids and our future die.