MINOT, NORTH DAKOTA — President George W. Bush declared his
desire to export democracy to the world. Of course, his idea of exporting
democracy was to export our precious resources, including our young
military men and women, by waging wars around the world.
Over the past decade, this effort has resulted in expending tens of billions
of dollars and spilling the blood of thousands of young Americans. What has been
accomplished? The Middle East is in shambles, China is on the rise militarily
and financially, and Europe and America are on the verge of bankruptcy. It appears
that what has actually been accomplished is to demoralize America, waste precious
resources, facilitate global destabilization, display America as a bully, and
stimulate domestic unrest.
Over the past 30 years, 15 to 20 million illegal immigrants have
poured over our borders, the vast majority from Mexico. One of the
federal government’s few legitimate responsibilities is to protect
these borders. Not only has the current Administration failed when
border states attempted to meet this responsibility; it has brought
legal action to stop them.
Those debating illegal Mexican immigration either do not understand
or chose to ignore the real issue underlying illegal immigration —
why are so many Mexicans fleeing their own country and risking arrest
and death to come to the United States?
The reason is simple. Mexico’s government is corrupt — the
country is run by thugs. Corruption pervades every facet of Mexican
government and life; graft, brutality, and the failure of the rule
of law have become a way of life.
The Mexican government, led by its President, encourages its citizens
to leave their country and flee north for two reasons:
1. Those who leave, if they were to stay, would provide the core of
a revolt against the corruption he encourages and supports and under
which he and his cohorts thrive.
2. Illegal immigrants in the United States provide a major stream
of revenue for Mexico’s anemic, faltering, third-world economy.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon recently visited Washington, D.C.
His message to the American people was a call for “comprehensive
migratory reform in [the United States].” Specifically, he called
for the United States to grant legal status to illegal aliens. President
Obama agreed and pledged to work to make it happen. For the sake of
the Mexican people, let’s hope they both fail.
What Mexico needs is to have the 15-20 million illegals in the United
States return home and take control of the current government and reform
it. Illegal immigration has provided an option to some Mexicans while
leaving the rest of the population under the corrupt political control
of the existing regime.
The only reason Mexico is not a thriving and prosperous country is
because of the political corruption that has controlled the country
for more than a hundred years. If America really wants to “export
democracy,” then let’s send Mexicans back to take control
of their own country and make it what it is capable of becoming.
The best thing Americans can do to protect us from a dangerous world
is to have neighbors who respect the rule of law, respect human life,
believe in honest government, and do not impede their citizens’ efforts
to provide better lives for themselves and their families.
Canada does this. Canada is one of our strongest trading partners;
we have no border problems with Canada. The same could be true of Mexico
— IF its citizens did what Americans did some 235 years ago. They
declared their independence from the corrupt political system infesting
their country. They overthrew it and instituted a government that respects
freedom, human rights, and the country’s unique culture and heritage.
We have seen illegal immigrants demonstrate in America’s cities
to demand legal status; we have seen the American Latino community
support these concerns. The concerns should be focused, not on changing
the United States, but on the abuses of a corrupt and rotting political
system in Mexico. Those concerns should be focused on reforming Mexico
and making it a beacon of democracy.
If this were to happen, all of North America could demonstrate to
the world what freedom and lawful government means.
It is time we export Revolution to Mexico. We do this by upholding
the laws of the United States, by requiring our federal government
to perform its Constitutional duties (namely, to deport those in this
country illegally), and by supporting those who seek to reform or replace
Mexico’s corrupt political system.
A Voice from Fly-Over
A Voice from Fly-Over Country is copyright © 2011
by Robert L. Hale and the Fitzgerald
All rights reserved.
Robert L. Hale received his J.D. in law from Gonzaga University Law
School in Spokane, Washington. He is founder and director of a non-profit
public interest law firm. For more than three decades he has been involved
in drafting proposed laws and counseling elected officials in ways
to remove burdensome and unnecessary rules and regulations.
See a complete biographical sketch.
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