The hive mind at Wikipedia states that “Totalitarianism (or totalitarian rule) is a political system where the state recognizes no limits to its authority and strives to regulate every aspect of public and private life wherever feasible. Totalitarian regimes stay in political power through an all-encompassing propaganda disseminated through the state-controlled mass media, a single party that is often marked by personality cultism, control over the economy, regulation and restriction of speech, mass surveillance, and widespread use of terror.” K? Now consider that A) Mexico is a de facto one-party state B) democracy-oriented journalists, judges, police and politicians have been executed by the dozens and C) this from laht.com . . .
Mexico’s federal government has deployed almost 2,800 soldiers to the violence-ridden northeastern state of Tamaulipas in a bid to boost public safety, officials said.
The soldiers were being sent to the state at the request of the government of Tamaulipas, where the military already has a presence, the interior and defense departments said in a statement.
They added that the goal of the deployment is to strengthen “the capacity of state government institutions” and is part of an overall nationwide security strategy.
Authorities said the support “is temporary and extraordinary” and the soldiers will be deployed to 22 Tamaulipas municipalities to replace civilian forces and enable “the process of purging, recruiting and training” police personnel in that state.
These actions reflect the government’s commitment to upholding the rule of law and protecting citizens’ safety, the government said.
George Orwell would be proud, considering that . . .
Calderon has deployed tens of thousands of soldiers and Federal Police officers across the country to combat drug cartels and other criminal organizations due, in part, to distrust of notoriously corrupt local police forces.
That strategy has been controversial, however, because of complaints of rights abuses by army soldiers and other federal forces.
New York-based Human Rights Watch said in March that the National Human Rights Commission – Mexico’s equivalent of an Ombud’s Office – had received close to 5,000 allegations of human rights violations by the military, including killings, enforced disappearances, torture, and rape dating back to 2007.
The idea that the Mexican military is not in cahoots with at least one of the drug cartels is laughable. The fact that both “sides” of any military vs. cartel conflict are armed with American government-approved arms, while the populace is disarmed, is not quite so funny.
America is standing by while democracy disappears in a country with which we share a common border. This will end in tears.
Mexico!?! read that definition again . Our bureaucracy and press are clearly one party, and I defy anyone to tell me any area of our lives the government doesn’t fell empowered to regulate. cult of personality? check.
they are a few miles ahead , but we are on the same road as the mexicans.
We need to get involved before they end with some communist or socialist revolution. Dontcha think Cuba or others would love to help insurgents?
What saddens me so much about this is that I love Mexico: It’s a great country with amazing people in it.
It’s just that they’ve never had a government worthy of the people since before the Mayans were around…
+1. I used to travel to Mexico many times each year for business and vacation. The people were just great. Even the water didn’t bother me. Now, I wouldn’t go there on a dare.
(Talking from Mexico) We’ve always had a totalitarian, fully corrupt, thuggish, delinquent and criminal government.
The thing about this so called Guerra contra el Narco (War on Drugs), is that Calderon (and the people that he works for) has made it full frontal, without any plan and without thinking about the consequences. The result is like when you shake a wasps nest, you just create a lot of mess, gets innocent bystanders hurt but you didn’t actually got rid of the wasps (not that I’m justifying in any way this whole bullshit).
The result is that the established and organized cartels, that now are being chased by the government, are looking into different activities to revenue from: kidnapping, robbery, auto theft, hitmans and most recently any type of extortion (previously only done by the government through the bureaucracy)
Our government has become more brazen over the recent years.
My heart goes out to you, Cacon. In 25 trips to Quintana Roo and at least ten to other states in Mexico, I’ve always been extremely well treated by the local people — and the more local, the nicer and harder working they seem to be. I was once told by a business partner in Mexico City that the Sexenio (six-year term limit for the President of Mexico) means that the person in office has only six years to steal as much as possible. The people of Mexico people do not deserve to see their country turned into a narco state.
Looks like mexico is following the example of the Totalitarian States of hawaii, NY, NJ and CA.
JOE, the level of corruption in Mexico makes those four states look as pure as the driven snow. And I don’t mean that yellow sh!t near the curb, either.