Once Again, 3rd- World Mexico Fails the Democracy Test

By John W. Lillpop

Mexican President Felipe
Calderon
needs to get his priorities straight, and in a hurry.

This
is so because while the muddled Mexican was lecturing the American
Congress about democracy and the rule of law in Arizona, his beloved Mexico continued to fall
further into the grips of drug
cartels
, corruption, and violence.

An inconvenient truth looms
for the addled Calderon: Mexico has lost the war to drug
cartels, corruption, and violence, and, as a result, this pathetic
nation is
incapable of functioning as Democracy.

Get it, Felipe? The game is over.
Mexico is on a par with Pakistan,
or Afghanistan.

Another
failed state, but this one right next door to the most sophisticated
and successful democratic nation in history. (At least it was until
November, 2008, that is.)

The bitter truth is that Democracy is
no longer possible in Mexico. That fact was demonstrated in spades with
the announcement that a leading gubernatorial candidate was assassinated
in cold blood just days before an important election.

As
reported at reference 1, in part:

“Last Friday, June 25,
gubernatorial candidate Rodolfo Torre raised both his arms to the sky in
front of 15,000 cheering white-shirted supporters in a baseball stadium
minutes from the Rio Grande. After he promised security in his
violence-ridden border state of Tamaulipas, the crowd erupted to his
campaign anthem, sung to the catchy tune of the
smash hit "I Gotta Feeling" by U.S. pop band Black Eyed Peas.

They
had reason for celebration. Opinion polls all concurred that the
mustachioed physician would win the July 4 election by a landslide of
more than 30 points. But on Monday, as Torre left the state capital to
conclude his campaign, assailants showered his convoy with gunfire from
automatic rifles and heavy-caliber weapons, killing him instantly. Army
commanders said the attack bore all the signs of the Zetas, a
paramilitary drug gang that was born in the state.

Mexico’s
highest-profile political assassination since the 1994 murder of presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio
was a blow not only to Torre’s supporters but to the nation’s entire
ailing democracy.

On July 4, voters will choose governors in 12
of 31 states in a "Super Sunday" of local elections. The ballots come almost
exactly a decade after the nation voted to end 71 years of one-party
rule. But rather
than showcasing the success of multiparty democracy, the campaigns have
highlighted its hazards. Races have been dampened by arrests of
candidates on racketeering charges, leaked tapes of organized vote
buying and a succession of violent attacks.

After the Torre
killing, some politicians asked for half of the races to be suspended.
"This is extremely worrying," says political scientist Maria Eugenia
Valdes. "If there is fear and violence, there is no freedom. And if
there is no freedom, we cannot have fair elections.”

In
light of the truth about Mexico, the burning question of the day is: Why
are President Obama
and the Democrats wasting time and energy in an effort to legalize
12-38 million invading criminals from Mexico, rather than working to
secure our borders and protect American citizens from the violence and
mayhem that runs rampant in that failed state?

Why has
President Obama not sent tens of thousands of
troops to the border to keep the decay that is destroying Mexico from
spreading north?

1- http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20100630/wl_time/08599200051100

John
W. Lillpop

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