Following the expulsion of the French in the 1860’s, political elites established a nation which reflected the dynamic political culture of peace and prosperity in the United States. The division of power between the states and the central government was a good start, but a legacy of limited government, natural rights independent of race, culture, or religious creed was never implemented.
Currently, instead of deregulating businesses and decentralizing state authority, outgoing President Felipe Calderon wants to change the name of his country from “The United States of Mexico” to “Mexico”. This slight change is in reality a major shift toward perpetuating the status quo of chaos and corruption dominant south of the Rio Grande. Federalism is an essential element of a free society, one which produces security and liberty in a country, yet the political class in Mexico keeps trying to expand the state at the expense of the citizen. As a result, Latin American citizens have migrated north for a country based on the rule of law, an open press, and proper redress in court.
Many more of them are not just looking for a better life – they are seeking safety. Over 40,000 Mexican citizens have died because of the violent drug wars among different cartels. This horrific statistic rivals the number of deaths in Afghanistan under American military supervision.
Drug lords have fired upon police stations, intimidated police chiefs, and taken over entire cities.Instead of drafting more laws, consolidating more power in Mexico City, and hiring more police officers, who are more prone to corruption, the United States of Mexico (with assistance from the United States of America) must discuss and implement the rapid decriminalization of controlled substances. Remove the profitability from the lucrative yet fatal drug trade, and peace and prosperity will proliferate in Mexico once again.