The American mess

IT’S A GREAT time to be a Mexican. The economy is headed uphill. Reforms to correct longstanding problems are gradually taking effect. Democracy is working well since 2000. The government does not attempt to micromanage our personal lives. The infrastructure improves daily. And we have a president who’s handsome.

US flagThen there’s the United States. Its economy still struggles. There are no reforms to correct anything that matters. Democracy, we sadly observe, works poorly with an ignorant electorate. The government wants to micromanage personal lives. The infrastructure degrades daily. And there is a clueless, ineffectual president.

The southern border is a sieve where hordes of people pour illegally into the country with scant impediment. Lots of children lately. Cities and states offer them “sanctuary,” drivers’ licenses and handouts. The nation’s educational curriculum is left-wing and anti-American. Free speech is verboten on university campuses.

Taxes are high, especially on businesses. The money is misused. The ranks of the government-supported “disabled” grow daily as does the illegitimacy rate, especially in urban ghettos. The national debt soars to incredible levels, and nobody does anything about it in either party. Capitalism (i.e. liberty) is sneered at.

As money grows for the faux disabled, money decreases for the military in this increasingly uncertain world.

Traditional families, gender roles and religions are also sneered at. Emotional deviancy, which has crafted its own flags to wave, is celebrated, protected by law and rubbed in the faces of the huge majority.

Children are confused and left on their own.

On the international stage, the clueless, ineffectual president none too subtly favors dangerous religious fanatics whom he does not consider to be such due to his being poorly informed and devoted to left-wing multicultural pipe dreams. And this very perilous presidency favors unlawful, unilateral action to consensus.

mex flagYes, America is a mess.

It’s a great time to be a Mexican.

36 thoughts on “The American mess”

  1. So… as the Roman Empire crumbles, Felipe and I get to watch it from a faraway mountaintop. It’s sad, but we can do nothing as the majority of our former paisanos seem to be paralysed into thinking everything’s going to be all right. Our Savior (Barry) will make things right. We sit here and watch the explosion in slow motion, enjoying our new country.

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  2. I watch a significant and noticeable increase daily of shoddy buses traveling north towards Houston from the Valley on Hwy. 59 loaded with people thinking they are coming to a better life. As Pope Francis said: “Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity.” But, they are. Yes, you became a Mexican at a very good time.

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  3. Ignorant electorate indeed…what you are describing was happening long before your friend Barry was elected…the key to changing any of this is education…and rather than no child left behind, more and more are being left behind on a daily basis…we will not notice any difference regardless of who is elected the next President…like you, I am glad to be watching from a distance…just sorry I couldn’t get out sooner…saludos!

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      1. Oh, there are major ideological differences for sure…I did not say all presidents are the same in that respect…I just don’t think it makes a damn bit of difference who occupies the oval office anymore…at one time yes…but no longer…and while I do not share your intense dislike of Obama, Howdy Doody would have made a far better president than war criminal GWB…in fact they kind of look alike…

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        1. Wes: So you, like Charles, think there’s little to no difference between presidents. I disagree. While not a fan of either Bushes during their times, in retrospect, their administrations look far better now through the rear-view mirror.

          And a Romney presidency would have been much better, very different than what the “community organizer” is doing. For one thing, it’s quite probable that ObamaCare would have been reversed.

          That’s what I think.

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        2. Members of the Clinton and Bush families and Romney and Obama all give me the gag reflex.
          Do you want chocolate or vanilla or strawberry on your poison?

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  4. Moving here and becoming a Mexican citizen are the best things I’ve ever done for myself! I know this may sound corny, but every morning when I awaken and look at my mountains, palm trees in the foreground, I am thankful that I get to live here.

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  5. It continually saddens me to observe the lack of concern from most Americans who fail to see the large chasm that expands daily between the generation that wanted to preserve the “American way of life” to the generation that has no clue of the losses they compound on a daily basis.

    As long as they have their weed and tunes, everything is “fine.”

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      1. Now and then indeed is fine, just not most of the time which more and more polls seem to suggest. Lots of folks now seem to continually be lost in the fog, can’t say that I don’t blame them. Perhaps that is the only way they can cope with the continual disappointment in the White House.

        That is unless they play basketball or golf.

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  6. We are very relieved to have our base established in Mexico and elsewhere. We are also pleased with the positive changes in Mexico! Once the U.S crash happens there will a large migration the other direction.
    You can proudly enjoy you cafecito in the plaza today.

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    1. Patzman: I think the U.S. crash is an ongoing slo-mo type thing. Unfortunately, what happens in the U.S. affects the entire world in many ways. It’s tragic is what it is.

      But I will enjoy my cafecito, as I do most days.

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  7. I am not quite as pessimistic about the future of The States as you are. But we do agree that the country is in a slow-motion death spiral. Any good pilot knows the best remedy at the start if a stall is to take his hands and feet off of the controls. Unfortunately, government has a death grip on the yoke in the hopeless belief that doing more of something bad is going to right the craft. Visiting up here is too often a sad experience.

    Like you, I will watch from afar. In my case, amongst the sweat of the Mexican Pacific.

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  8. An excellent post. Perhaps you and your fellow supportive expats could demonstrate your Mexican patriotism by getting this post into the hands of the 11 million or 20 million illegals already here and the Central American folks pouring across both the Mexican/Guatemalan border and the USA/Mexican border. Save them the pain and disappointment of going to such a horrible place and leaving such a wonderful place. I am sure they are just uninformed about the greatness of their Mexican homeland and its fine upstanding government (the same one aiding and abetting the movement of the Central American women and children across the land of milk and honey). Come on guys, show some compassion for your fellow countrymen. Tell them to please not go to the USA. Please tell them.

    Thanks for your help.

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    1. Daniel: Alas, showing this to the illegals would do squat because it’s written in English. I give you permission to do a translation. I also grant you permission to distribute it as you see fit. No sweat.

      As you mention, many of the folks invading your nation are Central Americans, not Mexicans. We do let them enter our southern border, true, so we can rob and rape them. We are not perfect, and I did not mean to give you that impression. Then we shoo what’s left of them up north and toss them over the border, making them your problem, not ours.

      Many Mexicans, due to cultural issues, do not take advantage of the improving economy here, the plentiful jobs announced in newspaper classifieds, the scholarships, the inexpensive trade schools, the ease of setting up small businesses. No, many of us are so accustomed to the notion of stealing into your wide-open country, well, we just keep on doing it, like a knee-jerk. I wish we would not, truly.

      The Central Americans would be far better off avoiding the United States and staying in Mexico, not just passing through. But we do not let them stay. If they stay instead of just passing through, we catch them and deport them. Tell Barry that’s what you should do too. Then build two high walls along the entire southern border. Put a mine field between the two. That’s my advice.

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      1. We are of one mind, Felipe, on most things. I have been reading your blog maybe from the beginning. The first sentence in this post is what prompted my reply because I was reminded of a post of yours from many years ago where you said that day to day living living in Mexico was “gritty” and I asked myself if things have changed that much. That statement stuck with me because that was/is my experience and in the end was the reason I could not adapt to living there(plus many of the cultural/customs issues). You seem to be a more flexible gringo than me.

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        1. Daniel: My attitude about living in Mexico has changed drastically in the 14-plus years I have been here. Truth is that I did not much care for it at first. I would have returned to the U.S. if I would not have had to enter the workforce again. Culture shock hit me hard, and I had trouble adjusting. This same phenomenon is why, I think, so many Gringos who live down here huddle together in San Miguel, Chapala and Mérida.

          But in time, I changed my tune. Mexico improved. The United States went in the other direction. I actually like living here now. A lot. So I do not know if I am more flexible than you. Occasionally, one just needs to be patient. I am so glad that I was, even if it was kind of forced upon me by financial necessity.

          Mexico is still gritty. But far less in some areas than others, and far less all over than it used to be. It is very nice. And safer than the U.S.!

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  9. The southern border is a sieve where hordes of people pour illegally into the country with scant impediment. Lots of children lately.

    That phrase perfectly describes Mexico’s southern border. After all, if Mexico could “control its borders” the USA would have much less of a problem as most illegal immigrants these days aren’t Mexican. Mexico also has a much easier time, with only 697 miles of southern border vs the US’s 1952 miles of southern border. And if Mexico were deporting illegals with such alacrity, they would never arrive at the US border. So you prove within your own post that Mexican immigration is in fact about as effective as the Mexican police, which is to say not very.

    As for blaming the President for everything, while that’s popular, it’s also misdirected. Congress is the body that needs to get its act together to pass laws that will change the direction of the ship of state. Is Obama uninspiring? You bet. But 85%, perhaps more, of the blame lies at the feet of congress. Congress is the body that needs to decide we spend too much on the military. Congress is the body that needs to pass some laws that reverse the laws of the Bush-era congress that keeps us from deporting all those illegals rapidly. According to a law passed under Bush II, all those illegals can’t be deported until they’ve received a hearing, which these days has a two-plus year wait. Congress needs to raise the social security and medicare eligibility ages. And congress needs to stop bringing to a vote bills that would undo Obamacare. It doesn’t matter whether you agree or disagree with Obamacare; such a bill has no (zero, zip, nada) chance of becoming law. It’s a sheer waste of time to hold votes on it. Meanwhile, the president doesn’t have the power at all to do any of these things, yet he’s getting all the blame in certain quarters.

    It’s actually very convenient for the Republicans to blame the president for everything because it distracts from the very real fact that the Republican leadership in the House won’t bring bills to the floor that could easily pass. Instead, the so-called “Hastert Rule” that requires a “majority of the majority” to approve of something before it gets a vote effectively allows a minority to hold the country hostage to their demands.

    THAT is why things are at such a standstill. Not the president.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where it was such a blessing to be away from US politics when we were SOB.

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    1. Señor Kim: Spoken exactly as one would expect from a fellow who voted for Barry not once, but twice and appears unrepentant. Needless to say, my take on the situation differs. Such is life. We differ.

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        1. Kim: We seem to be reading opposing news sources. From what I gather, it’s not that Congress does nothing. They do. They send legislation to the Senate where Harry Reid blocks it.

          But that is not the central problem. The reason the U.S. is drifting, stagnant, argumentative, etc., the core reason, is that the nation has no one at the helm. It’s leaderless. It’s like a Fifth Grade class when the teacher leaves the room. Bedlam breaks loose. There is lots of yelling. Spitballs fly.

          Lyndon Johnson, for instance, would have legislative heads rolling in both the House and Senate. He got things done. Your boy Barry has no such skills nor inclination. He does not know what to do. He is a nebbish, but a highly partisan one at the same time who simply repeats left-wing platitudes over and over. He is in way over his head. He is the central problem. Hopefully, in two years more, someone effective from one of the parties will enter the Oval Office. Until then, you’ve got the man you helped elect.

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  10. It’s not a difference of opinion. It’s a failure to understand the purpose of leadership and where the buck stops. Good analogy about the fifth grade teacher. The whining about a republican congress sounds like a heartsick lover trying to redeem his soulmate.

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  11. We should give Barry some credit. He is a Professional Community Agitator, and at this he is wildly successful. Everything is a mess and he just goes on doing his thing while we sputter and cuss. It is just what he does. It’s his job. He is very, very good at it. Pity the person who comes into the office after him with traditional ideas of the job.

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  12. To sum up the difference, in Mexico, all politics are still local.
    In the United States, all politics are loco.

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