Mexichurian President George W Bush is determined to cement the North American Union as much as possible during his term. Incredibly, he aims at a European Union-type political merger between the U.S., Mexico and Canada, including replacing the dollar with a Euro-style currency called the Amero and rearranging trade patterns to favor Mexico. Central to the deal is the uncontrolled movement of people throughout North America.
This EU mega-state concept has actually been losing support among average folk in Europe. For example, the Dutch and French voted down the EU Constitution in 2005. Doesn't matter to globalist elites, though. They push forward with expanding bureaucracy slanted toward one-worldish interests in the corporate style.
This is not a joke. The "Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America" (SPP) is not a nutty conspiracy theory, but is a genuine government policy explained in White House documents and a Commerce Department website. While prettied up in trade language, the intent of the SPP is clearly continent-wide political unification and the dissolution of American national sovereignty. Business elites believe that borders and laws are an annoying impediment to commerce. They have decided the nation-state must go.
With that unhappy possible future in mind, perhaps we should consider the intended spouse in Bush's shotgun marriage.
You wouldn't marry your next door neighbor just because of that person's convenient location. Why then are Washington elites working to dissolve sovereignty in order to unify with a third-world sewer best known for corruption, violence, poverty, sexism and apathy toward education?
The only answer is Mexico's enormous supply of cheap, exploitable labor, which business wants to fuel the neo-slave economy of its dreams. But the cultures of the peoples of Mexico and the United States are deeply incompatible, and have a history of bad blood going back centuries.
Below, my list of cultural reasons why the United States should avoid further entanglement with Mexico. Please remember that these are societal averages only; there are many admirable Mexican citizens—particularly those living in Mexico. Also, ten should be understood as an arbitrary number. It does not imply that there are only ten reasons to shun a Mexican merger.
#10 The legal age of heterosexual consent in Mexico is 12.
As with many laws, there is some diversity according to locale and other variables, but this discussion of statutes agrees that 12 is the legally acceptable age for straight sex to occur in Mexico.
Mexican men have a reputation for leering and worse at little girls, which shouldn't surprise us, since sex with children is socially acceptable in Mexico. Fifteen-year-old girls have a ceremony called a Quinceañera which announces their availability to become wives, mothers and girlfriends. In America, children of that age are expected to complete three more years of high school, to be followed hopefully by a college education. But in Mexico, young girls are considered available, according to law and custom.
A 2005 news report from North Carolina found that "Culture might be factor in sexual abuse", [By Annette Newell, News 14 Carolina, June, 21, 2005] referring to Hispanic men's propensity to prey upon little girls. The story tip-toed around the obvious fact that foreigners bring their cultures with them, ranging from tasty cuisine to child sex abuse.
An example: Mexican Diego Lopez-Mendez pleaded guilty to sexual assault on a 10-year-old girl in West Virginia, with a not-uncommon excuse that child sex is normal among his people.
"In the pueblo where I grew up girls are usually married by 13 years old....I was unaware of the nature of the offense or that it was a bad crime", said Lopez through the translator. [Illegal Immigrant Pleads Guilty To Sexual Assault, WTOV9 2/28/06]
In the Netherlands last year, the public was outraged because pedophiles organized themselves into a political party. One of their demands is that the age of consent be lowered from 16 to 12. Perhaps someone should tell them that Mexico already has what pedophiles want.
Or maybe not.
#9 Mexican sexism ranks close to the Taliban.
Islamic men have largely nailed down the reputation as the most misogynous males on the planet. But Mexicans are no slouches in this regard.
Even the diversity propagandist Washington Post has noticed the horrific social status of women south of the border:
"But in the country that made the term "machismo" famous, where women were given the right to vote only in 1953, women's rights advocates said rape and other violence against women are still not treated as serious crimes." [In Mexico, an Unpunished Crime, By Mary Jordan, Washington Post, July 30, 2002]
But in the country that made the term "machismo" famous, where women were given the right to vote only in 1953, women's rights advocates said rape and other violence against women are still not treated as serious crimes. [In Mexico, an Unpunished Crime, By Mary Jordan, Washington Post, July 30, 2002]
In some Mexican states, men may freely kidnap women for sex, a custom known as "rapto," which is regarded as a harmless amusement by men despite the unsuccessful attempts of women's groups to criminalize it.
In early 2006, Mexico City decided it should mount a campaign against the rampant sexist behavior of Mexican males, largely because workplace harassment against women is so commonplace. But the supposed message of gender respect was lost in a bizarre public education campaign featuring sex dolls in various positions, er employment venues. One billboard showed a sex doll dressed up as an executive secretary at a desk. Some might think that such images sent the message was that all women, even those professionally employed, are available.
In Juarez, the murders of hundreds of young women over the last decade have been of little importance for the men in charge of law enforcement there. But some Mexican officials have blamed the victims. It should be a national scandal that the crimes remain unsolved after so many years. But it isn't—which speaks volumes about how little respect Mexican society has for women.
In Mexico, women continue to be second-class citizens whose safety doesn't count for much. Yet in this country, most American women remain unaware (because they've been uninformed—except by Athena Kerry in VDARE.COM) that hard-won legal protections and egalitarian social standing are threatened by the presence of millions of retrosexual Mexican males hardwired with paleolithic attitudes and behavior.
#8 Crime and violence are increasing as the state fails.
Recent news about the spread of drug cartels into new territory, particularly into tourist areas, show that the central government is losing its battle against organized crime, particularly the drug cartels. The outcome of Presidente Calderon's crackdown remains to be seen. And while many Mexicans are alarmed at the dissolution of order, there are plenty of willing workers who see crime as a job opportunity.
Mexico City has the second highest crime rate in Latin America. Kidnapping in Mexico is second only to Colombia, and even ordinary middle class people get snatched by criminals hoping for a ransom. According to the BBC, "More money is paid in kidnap ransoms here than anywhere else in the world". Mexico is #6 worldwide for murders per capita.
Nuevo Laredo has been a war zone between cartels battling for control of the NAFTA Highway by which they can easily distribute drugs throughout the continent, despite Fox sending in the army for several weeks in 2005 with no effect. The street fighting, which has at times included bazookas and RPGs, has spread to tourist areas like Acapulco, where two police officers were beheaded by traffickers in April. In February, armed gunmen stormed a Nuevo Laredo newspaper office and exploded a grenade, seriously injuring one reporter.
Average Mexicans are overwhelmed by crime and how it limits their lives. In 2004, a quarter million crowded the central square in Mexico City to protest violent crime, many carrying signs demanding tougher penalties and others with photos of relatives lost. Analyst George Grayson remarked that the issue was a vital one in the Presidential election: Calderon understood it was "imperative that Mexican citizens feel that they are safe in their own streets". Because they haven't.
And yet, there is also a strong vein of admiration for crime in Mexican society. Narcocorridos—songs celebrating drug smugglers—are a popular genre and sell a lot of recordings.
#7 Lynching remains a continuing practice.
In the 2001 book Amazon True Tales from Another Mexico, author Sam Quinones mentioned in passing that lynching is not an unusual occurrence in Mexico, and his clippings file on extra-legal executions from 1994 until 2000 was three inches thick. One chapter in the book told the story of two salesmen whose crude behavior in the country village of Huejutla ended with townspeople lynching them in the town square with the belief that the pair were organ-snatching child kidnappers.
In 2004, a Mexico City mob beat up, then burned to death two policemen on live television. Locals had mistaken federal agents for kidnappers and then killed them, with no apparent regret later for their error.
Mexicans simply do not have the same belief as Americans that the law is central to the equitable functioning of a complex nation. It's the Third World.
#6 Mexican dislike for education lasts for generations.
Unlike many other immigrant groups which have figured out the American path to success, Mexicans have been notably unwilling to use the educational opportunities available to better themselves. Just 9.6 percent of fourth-generation Mexican-Americans have a post-high-school degree, compared with 45.1 percent of Americans as a whole. While 62 percent of Asians get college degrees, Mexicans are known for their high-school dropout culture.
No surprise here. Mexico does not promote education as a national value. Mexican attitudes are stuck in the bad old days, when six years of schooling was considered adequate. Kids are encouraged to get out into the workplace to help support the family rather than finish school—an attitude you don't see in Confucian culture, for one.
As a result, Mexicans are arguably the worst, i.e. least likely to succeed, immigrant group ever because of their total apathy toward education. Former Congressman Herman Badillo (who wrote the first bilingual education bill) has been assailed by professional ethnic whiners for saying Hispanics need to assimilate to American values of education and speaking English. Sadly for the friends of progress, the largest immigrant group by far is Mexican—about 31 percent.
Unhelpful attitudes work in other ways. Political correctness has prevented an adequate investigation of IQ-lowering lead poisoning among immigrant children in southern California who are fed large quantities of toxic Mexican candy by mothers not big on veggies and whole grains.
Unsurprisingly, Mexico suffers from a corresponding level of superstition that matches up with little education. The standard Catholic religion is supplemented with old-fashioned beliefs like the curse of the evil eye and colorful characters like Jesus Malverde, the patron saint of drug smugglers.
#5 Drunk driving is deemed acceptable, even considered desirably macho.
Driving while inebriated is not condemned by Mexican society. Officials there now insist that more is being done by law enforcement to curtail dangerous drunk driving, but there is no change of public opinion like the one in the US after the effective Mothers Against Drunk Driving campaigns.
Mexicans bring this dangerous aspect of their culture when they come north. The leading cause of death for Hispanics aged 1-34 is vehicle crashes, and states with high rates of fatal hit-and-run accidents correspond with those most affected by illegal immigration.
"The Latino community creates its own problems," said Joe Ynostroza, technical assistance director for the California Hispanic Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Sacramento, a nonprofit educational organization. The problem is especially acute in Mexico.
"Most of this is first- or second-generation Mexican males," he said. "Alcoholism runs rampant in the Mexican Latino community."
No other ethnic or racial group has such a high level of DUI arrests statewide, according to the California Department of Justice. [DUI's culture gap, By Rick Brewer Stockton Record, May 21, 2006]
The ongoing carnage on American highways from Mexican drunk drivers is increasing with an expanding population of foreigners not assimilating to the American way of driving—law-abiding, sober and strapped in.
#4 Animal cruelty is no problema.
Mexicans love their bullfighting, a bloodsport which ends in the matador killing the animal with a sword to the heart, a pre-determined outcome which is not very sporting. Before the matador's entrance, the mounted picador torments the bull by piercing it repeatedly with a spear, an activity which can end badly for the horse. (Speaking of horses, about 10 percent of Mexican stock are slaughtered for food.)
Mexican rodeo includes steer-tailing, where a rider yanks the animal's tail in an attempt to flip it to the ground. Steer-tailing was made illegal in Eagle County in Colorado because of the cruelty of the event.
By comparison, American rodeo animals are protected by law and active citizen interest in their welfare.
#3 Mexicans are racist.
"Mexican society is fundamentally racist and classist," said Guadalupe Loaeza, a newspaper columnist. "The color of your skin is a key that either opens or shuts doors. The lighter your skin, the more doors open to you." [Mexican Postage Stamp Pushes Racial Envelope, By Chris Kraul & Reed Johnson LA Times June 2005]
The controversy about Mexico's racist postage stamps revealed the country's attitude toward darker-skinned peoples as definitely non-egalitarian. Governmental elites are pale persons of European descent, like ex-Presidente Vicente Fox whose background includes Irish and Spanish roots. Reporting about the last Mexican Presidential race noted that candidate Lopez Obrador is dark-skinned, a characteristic counted as an impediment in a country where the political class is overwhelmingly white. New Presidente Felipe Calderon is white.
Aztlan cheerleaders squatting in this country like to make the point that Mexicans are indigenous people. Indeed Mexico has a high percentage of Indian and mestizo peoples compared with other Latin American nations. The World Bank reports that Mexico has 37 languages, each spoken by at least 10,000 people, and that the rate of illiteracy is 63 percent among the indigenous population, versus 42 percent in the non-indigenous.
Mexico's elite may even have ethnic cleansing in mind, as they push uneducated mestizos and Indians into the US, while the white oligarchs just get richer. (The net worth of Mexico's billionaires expanded from 4 percent of GDP in 2000 to 6 percent in 2006 according to a World Bank study, with little trickle down.)
Mexicans are also anti-Semitic, according to surveys done by the Anti-Defamation League. The most recent, in 2005, found that 35 percent of Foreign-born Hispanics have "hardcore anti-Semitic beliefs," compared with 19 percent of US-born, a slight improvement over a similar 2002 poll with results of 44 and 20 percent respectively.
In comparison, extreme anti-Semitic views are held by 14 percent of American-Americans.
#2 Mexican corruption is endemic.
A Washington Post article ("For Many in Mexico, Bribes a Way of Life") emphasized that bribes were entirely normal, from getting a drivers license to procuring a building permit for a major project. Kids slip the teacher a little cash for a better grade. Residents of Mexico City have to pay a mordida for nearly a quarter of government services received, a study found.
As below, so above. Political corruption is a common item in the news, as politicians stuff money into suitcases and offshore bank accounts. Mexico is "considered one of the most corrupt countries in the hemisphere" with evidence growing that connections between drug cartels and government officials are substantial. Several years of investigation by Transparency International put Mexico solidly into the Third World in terms of corruption.
Part of the reason for the corruption is no tradition of the building blocks of democracy. Mexico has little support for free speech in the press. Mexico is a very dangerous place for journalists doing investigative work about powerful interests, from drug cartels to corrupt government officials. For example, the American publisher of the little Gringo Gazette faced two years in jail for telling the truth about real estate scams that Mexican developers were pulling on American investors. The murder of Chihuahua crime reporter Enrique Perea last August was the 25th killing of a journalist in Mexico since 1995.
#1 Mexicans are Marxicans.
Throughout their history, Mexicans have preferred statist socialism and earlier varieties of big government, rather than individualistic free enterprise.
Politically, Mexico had a history of one-party rule longer than the Soviet Union, symbolically ended with the election of Vicente Fox, a member of the opposition party. Even so, pundits and government officials hint that democracy may not be quite the done deal we've been led to believe, saying things like "Mexico has made great strides toward democracy" and "The democracy Mexico has built is fragile." No kidding.
The Mexican political preference for over 70 years has been far left sombrero Stalinism, a tendency which continues today, as shown by leftist candidate Lopez Obrador coming within a hair of winning the Presidency last summer.
And despite being a very wealthy nation, Mexico is still the Third World where the forces of anarchy are becoming stronger and failing state syndrome is snapping at its heels.
Americans have a totally different cultural background, including a belief that progress is possible. (See Prof Lawrence Harrison's fascinating analysis of progress-prone vs. progress-averse cultures, also organized as a chart.) As Samuel Huntington remarked, "... if America had been settled not by British Protestants but by French, Spanish, or Portuguese Catholics, it would not be America; it would be Quebec, Mexico, or Brazil.""
Throughout our history, Americans have worked to improve the rule of law and expand gender and racial equality. We value scholarship and scientific inquiry. Our concept of "family values" includes educating young people for many years rather than sending them out into the workplace at age 14 or encouraging teen marriage for girls. A closer integration of the Mexican and America cultures would be completely negative for America and destructive to our tradition of fairness under law.
Mexifornication has been a step backward. The unassimilated millions of Mexicans in this country bring with them their culture's violence, disinterest in education, historic corruption and gender inequality.
On the basis of culture alone—forgetting about the drug cartels, financial cost to American taxpayers, threats to public health, the danger from political Aztlan and the normalization of treason—the idea is the worst ever to emanate from Washington.
Just say NO to the idiotic scheme of US-Mexico political union—truly a marriage made in hell.
Brenda Walker lives in northern California and publishes two websites, LimitsToGrowth.org and ImmigrationsHumanCost.org, and has sworn off traveling to Mexico and drinking Mexican beer.