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Is all the bad publicity about Mexico serving a purpose for the U.S.

 

Here is a portion of an article that appeared in CNN.COM today  

 Ruben Navarrette Jr.  February 27, 2009

"Even so, this business about Mexico on its way to being a "failed state" is just a lot of hot air. The rumors of our neighbor's demise have been greatly exaggerated.

A country of 110 million people, Mexico is still a functioning democracy with press freedoms and bold leaders, like Calderon, who are tackling the issue of drug violence head on. There is plenty of reason for optimism.

Frankly, one reason the doomsday talk about Mexico catches on is because it distracts Americans from our own problems. I learned a long time ago that, for many of my countrymen, Mexico serves a purpose in tough times by providing something to which we can feel superior.

Even with the banking bailouts, mortgage crisis, a plummeting stock market and rising unemployment, the thinking goes, we can at least be grateful that we're not Mexico.

For Mexican-Americans like me, that's cold comfort. I expect a lot more of my country -- the United States -- than I do the country that my grandfather left behind a hundred years ago when he legally immigrated north.

And right now, what I expect is for all Americans to realize -- and for the Obama administration to never forget -- that it's impossible to feel safe when there is a wildfire in the neighborhood".

 

Ruben Navarrette Jr. is a nationally syndicated columnist and a member of the editorial board of the San Diego Union-Tribune. 

Published Monday, March 9, 2009 12:49 PM by Kanoa Biondolillo

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# re: Is all the bad publicity about Mexico serving a purpose for the U.S.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 11:22 AM by K

I don't know about anyone else, but I live here and I am happy to have this town all to myself!  It is peaceful and relaxing-- if you are looking for that- come to Baja!

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