Saturday, January 20, 2018

If the Sh*thole Epithet Fits, Wear It

(Part 2 of 3)
Or take former President Vincent Fox of Mexico, who took it upon himself to be profane in return for Trump’s supposed profanity: "Donald Trump, your mouth is the foulest shithole in the world. With what authority do you proclaim who's welcome in America and who's not?" Fox asked.
Dear Mr. Fox: He proclaims it with the authority of the president of the United States, who was elected in large measure because people wanted to put an end to the installment-plan invasion of their country by people that your country sends our way, wave after wave, after wave.
And why does your country do that, Mr. Fox?
It could be because you are incapable of sustaining rule of law of a functional economy or even to control the drug warlords who carry their ravages across the border into our country.
That part of your refusal to control any of this consists of your country’s ruling class callous attempt to both use our country as an outlet for their undesirables and as a way to increase/give your country a non-ludicrous GDP is in fact despicable.
Mexico needs a flood of immigrants – legal and illegal – to come to the United States and send back remittances to keep food on the table and the lights burning. According to this site:
An estimated 20% of Mexican residents regularly receive some financial support from workers abroad. Such remittances are the mainstay of the economies of many Mexican communities, such as many rural areas in Durango, Zacatecas, Guanajuato, Jalisco and Michoacán. Studies suggest that the funds sent as remittances are mostly spent on housing, food, clothing and durable consumer goods. A growing portion is being invested in education and small businesses. The corollary is that only a small percentage goes towards savings.
In 2008, remittances flowing back to Mexico exceeded $25 billion.The value of remittances fell slightly in 2009, according to World Bank figures, but are forecast to increase again this year. Only India and China, both with far higher populations than Mexico, have larger sums of remittances entering their economies.
Mr. Fox, a country that needs to send its citizens abroad to send back the needed income to 20 percent of its population, a country that can’t even minimally enforce the law within its borders, and which encourages law breaking toward its neighbor to the North is, let’s face it, objectively, a sh*thole.
Were it not a sh*thole, we would not have a problem with illegal immigration, and you wouldn’t have to so vehemently defend an honor you don’t have.
Yes, I understand Mexico is a proud country. Do tell me what it has to be proud of! Is it the fact that you have to send your citizens like beggars abroad? Is it your inability to enforce the law? Is it your governance, which is the laughing stock of the world?
You don’t like to be called a sh*thole? Very well. Stop being one. Give less consideration to your “image” in the world and more to how your country functions. Stop the corruptocracy. Enforce honesty and the rule of law. Reform your schools. Stop the rampaging of the drug lords.
Stop expecting the U.S. to take your troublemakers with or without visas and to send you back the product of their labor. The U.S. is not obligated to take whoever wishes to come here. The floods of immigrants willing to work for nothing distort our labor market and corrupt our rule of law.
Instead of calling President Trump names, consider the names your country deserves. When the flood of immigrants is equal across the border, perhaps you’ll be allowed to cast stones, but right now? Right now you depend on us. And you don’t get to influence our decision on who comes into our house or not. Because it is not your decision.
And then there was South Africa. Dear Lord. There was South Africa.
I realize that since the fall of apartheid it has become fashionable for the American left to speak of how great South Africa is. Meanwhile, those of us who have friends and acquaintances there have been hearing of a vast diaspora, not just of white people (though also of white people) but of anyone skilled or with a hope for a technical profession in a country in which there is the rule of law and some kind of economy.
South Africa, of course, pronounced itself in the following terms:
DIRCO noted South Africa's contributions to the United States and said international reactions "clearly serve as a united affirmation of the dignity of the people of Africa and the African diaspora." The statement also noted that Monday was Martin Luther King Day in the United States.
Yes, it was Martin Luther King Day. You know, he who said that he wished people to be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their characters.

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