Good-Bye and Good Riddance to Vicente Fox
This is not to say that Fox`s
successor will be any better. Nevertheless,
on July 2, 2006 Mexico will elect a new president to
replace the unpopular (at least in Mexico, and
throughout Latin America) Fox.
The beleaguered Fox is catching
heavy heat from every corner—except from where it would
most appropriate: the White House.
President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Nestor
Kirchner of Argentina publicly berated Fox for promoting
a planned Americas-wide trade pact known as the
FTAA, which, they complained, will be slanted to
benefit the United States.
Chavez refused to apologize for
labeling Fox a U.S lap dog and warned the Mexican
president not to:
with me, mister, or you`ll get stung."
Don`t we all wish we had the chance
to say a few words face to face to the insufferable Fox?
Obtains Little from Bush," Alistair Bell,
Reuters, November 19, 2005
In fact, Fox`s abysmal six-year
such a weight on his party that the PAN candidate,
Felipe Calderon, is running a distant third in the polls
with only 25 percent support.
The current leaders are Andres
Manuel Lopez Obrador of the Party of the Democratic
Revolution and Roberto Madrazo Pintado of the
Institutional Revolutionary Party with 38 and 29
PAN is given so little chance to
retain the presidency that observers are urging the Fox
administration to negotiate an "exit pact" with
both opposing parties to assure what would be a rarity
in Mexican politics— a government transition that would
"politically safe and dignified."
Such an agreement, if it were ever
reached, would be the only "dignified" thing
about Fox since he became president.
immigration misdeeds and double-talking have been
chronicled at VDARE.COM from day one. For a good primer
on that subject, see Allan Wall`s
"Memo from Mexico" archive. Or check either
Steve Sailer or
Sam Francis archives.
(I say primer because a complete
accounting of Fox`s phoniness would make a book as thick
as the Mexico City telephone directory).
But the supreme irritation is Fox`s
continued references to the "human rights of
migrants" and his none too thinly veiled suggestion
that the U.S. government and its citizens do not treat
Fox`s charge is so patently absurd
on the face of it that it is hard to imagine that he can
speak the words with a straight face.
The corker comes when you compare
Fox`s hot air to the realities of "human rights"
in Mexico. Only then can you fully you understand the
depths of his Fox`s duplicity.
Doyle`s report, posted on
the National Security Archive, found among other
things, that Mexican
"Government agents abducted, tortured and murdered
hundreds of Mexicans during the sexenios (six
year presidential terms) of
Luis Echeverría and José López Portillo."
During the period from 1974-78,
Amnesty International documented more 350 cases
involving the use of "systematic beatings, near
drowning and electric shocks" by Mexican police
against government political enemies.
Of course, observers might say,
"Well the Dirty War was 30 years ago. Surely the
practice of torture and beating ended with Fox`s
`Government of Change.`"
It didn`t. Although Fox paid more
lip service to human rights than previous presidents,
And last week, confirming an
on-going pattern of brutal behavior, the Associated
Press reported that according to Mexico`s National Human
Rights Commission its police force:
uses torture to extract confessions and information from
suspects, but have developed new, more sophisticated
ways of doing so that are harder to detect."
Mexico must have an odd definition
of "sophisticated" since the techniques for
extracting information included:
"Near-asphyxiation using plastic bags pulled over a
victim`s head or the pouring of water or gasoline into
victims` mouths, noses or ears and the use of electric
shocks, cigarette burns and sexual violence." [Mexican
Human Rights Commission Investigating 12 Torture
Complaints So Far in 2005," Associated Press,
November 22, 2005]
Mexico routinely violates the human rights of Central
American migrants who cross into Mexico.
Earlier this year, while Fox was at
Baylor University threatening to use international
courts to prevent
the Minutemen—who he termed
"migrant-hunting groups"— from patrolling the
border, the State Department, in its
Human Rights Practices report, cited abuses at all
levels of the Mexican government including police and
immigration officials. The report also accused Mexico of
trafficking in illegal aliens.
Professor George Grayson of the
College of William and Mary and an expert on Mexican
immigration issues, refuted Fox`s disingenuous remarks
saying that Mexico does
little to protect the welfare of Central Americans who
cross into Mexico…they are ripped off six ways until
Accused of Abusing Its Illegals, Jerry
Seper, Washington Times, March 24, 2005]
According to the
Human Rights Watch, after Fox`s election:
"Foreigners continued to face restrictions in obtaining
visas for human rights work in Mexico. Applicants were
required to describe their plans to consular officers in
copious detail, including all destinations to be
Others who have been mistreated
during Fox`s term are the unfortunate Mexicans who have
not been able to escape to the north.
Their lot has not improved one iota during Fox`s six
As inept as Fox has been, he has
luck on his side. This is because Mexico`s past
presidents have been
so corrupt —most notably
Carlos Salinas Gortari— that just being a hypocrite
makes him look good by comparison.
Both Mexico and the U.S. are better
off without Fox. Let`s keep our fingers crossed for more
integrity from the next guy…whoever he may be.
Joe Guzzardi [email
him], an instructor in English at the Lodi
Adult School, has been writing a weekly newspaper column
since 1988. This column is exclusive to VDARE.COM.