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