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Mexican Presidential Candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota Visits the OC

Posted by Walter Myers III on March 11, 2012

Mexico Presidential 2012 Candidate  Josefina-Vazquez-MotaIt was a real honor to attend a reception in Santa Ana on Saturday night for Mexican presidential candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota hosted by the Hispanic 100, which is led by local businessman and political strategist Mario Rodriguez. A number of local dignitaries and Hispanic leaders were in attendance, all looking to get a glimpse of this bold,beautiful, and accomplished lady and to hear her speak about the hopes and dreams of the Mexican people. When Josefina spoke, you could hear and feel her passion and love for Mexico. She spoke glowingly of her admiration for and special friendship with Rosario Marin, who is a member of the Hispanic 100 and also former Treasurer of the United States under President George Bush from August 2001 to June 2003. For those who don’t know Josefina, she is a Mexican economist, businesswoman, and politician who has served in the National Action Party (PAN). She has served in various capacities under the current President Felipe Calderon, including Secretary of Education. In September of 2011, Josefina left her position as Coordinator of the Parliamentary Group to pursue the Presidency of Mexico in 2012.

We have our own election for President this year, which will hopefully retire Barack Obama and usher in a new Republican president who will restore our republic to fiscal sanity, create pro-business policies, get our energy economy growing again, and end the racial divisiveness that is the hallmark of the Obama presidency. Yet the upcoming election in Mexico is also of utmost importance to Americans in terms of building a stronger, more productive relationship between the United States and Mexico. My hope is that if Josefina wins, we will work more closely as countries to combat the drug cartels, boost the Mexican economy, and work towards policies that finally solve the illegal immigration problem, such as the immigration policy proposal advanced by the Lincoln Club of Orange County. As a member of both the Hispanic 100 and Lincoln Club, having worked on the policy with committee chairwoman Teresa Hernandez and other members committed to pursuing a real solution, I believe we have begun a new conversation on the illegal immigration problem that does not include citizenship for illegal immigrants.

As a matter of history, I lived in Mexico for a couple of years back in the early 1990s before moving to the OC, and I have a deep love for the Mexican people. That is why it tears my heart out that some Americans have such animus towards those who come here only to make a better life for themselves and their families. We had a wonderfully functioning guest worker program (The Bracero Program) from 1942 to 1964 that gave skilled field workers the opportunity to work in America. We did not have a serious illegal immigration problem until the program was killed because big agribusiness wanted illegal workers and convinced the federal government to look the other way while they exploited illegal labor from Mexico and other countries south of our border. This is a huge injustice, and I will not rest until illegal immigrants are no longer living in the shadows of America, exploited for their labor. This is the humanitarian issue of our generation. Yet you have spineless politicians that provide public benefits to illegal immigrants in the hopes they will eventually get citizenship and vote for them, not caring that as long as these people continue to live in the shadows, they are vulnerable to crime and exploitation. Additionally, they work for wages  that native-born Americans cannot compete with. It is a racket that has been going on for 48 years where everyone loses except for pandering politicians and exploitative business owners. It is time for this to come to an end, and I invite all conservatives to join us in bringing this about.

8 Responses to “Mexican Presidential Candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota Visits the OC”

  1. Oh, please. You keep on hoping. Cross your fingers while you are at it. The Mexican government cannot figure out how to clean up their own act. We all had high hopes forFox years ago but he could not clean up the corruption in his own ranks. Instead of fixing their own insurmountable problems, they would rather blane the US for all their troubles. It’s our fault they have drug cartels, it’s our fault they have high murder rates and, if it weren’t for the United States, there would be no guns in Mexico.

    The Mexican government is run by the elite few who have no interest in hearing what their people say. There is no true democracy because the power node will necer allow it. And this lady, as smart as she may be will have neither the will or the ability to change things. Just another socialist country in eternal turmoil.

  2. Jeff, I certainly hear and appreciate your comments. Believe me, I lived in Mexico so I’m very in tune with their system of government and the problem with a small number of elites who have run the country since the days of Cortez. What I would argue is that cynicism such as yours doesn’t solve any problems. What we must do is to continue to work with Mexico and hold out hope that things will change as they mature as a country. America must continue to be a strong and positive influence in Mexico, and the problem with Obama is that he is nothing more than an appeaser. That is just one reason (of many) that we need new leadership.

  3. True, Walter, leadership fron both parties has let us down in regard to our relationship with Mexico. Instead of handing out sweetheart deals like NAFTA and allowing us to be blamed for their crime and gun problems (Fast and Furious didn’t help), we should be insisting they clean up the rampant corruption before dropping another dime to help them.

    But, the corruption is endemic to their form of government and no one in a position of power is willing to do anything about it. A true reform would strengthen the representation of citizens of the country rather than centralizing it with the elite. When your own mayors and police chiefs fear the federal government because of the centralization of power, you have a problem.

  4. […] friends at OC Political made some hay about the reception.  You can read the full story here. From their post:It was a real honor to attend a reception in Santa Ana on Saturday night for […]

  5. Jeff, you are correct that the corruption in Mexico is endemic, otherwise the country would not be literally overrun by drug cartels. This is precisely why we need strong leadership to work with Mexico to move more towards a meritocracy. Mexico is a young republic, and if something doesn’t change dramatically, her future is dark. There is incredible talent and potential, so there is no lack of education, will, or drive for the younger generations of Mexico to move the country forward in a more democratic manner. The old guard just needs to give the up and coming leaders the chance to chart a new future.

  6. I like that, Walt. And, I wish her the best. I love the real Mexico, beyond Tiiajuana and Cabo. My wife does, too. But we haven’t traveled there in years. Hopefully, you are right and the Mexican people will take control of there country for the better.

  7. One Who Knows said

    Why on earth would a Republican-leaning organization like Hispanic 100 have an event with a Mexican Presidential Candidate, hosted at the home of Democratic Santa Ana City Councilman Vince Sarmiento?

    Something isn’t adding up…

  8. Walter Myers III said

    One Who Knows, why not? That doesn’t mean at all that we share the same philosophical views. The Sarmiento’s were gracious enough to share their home which could accommodate 100+ people. I think you’re reading into this.

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