“President Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin and Mexican President Vicente Fox announced the establishment of the ‘Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America’ in a March 23 joint statement.” (Waco, Texas, Wednesday, March 23, 2005.)
The above statement is a typical case of wishful thinking in which every head of state knows perfectly well that this utopian alliance will never happen. We already have NAFTA (North America Free Trade Alliance) which has caused multiple conflicts with American unions and blue collar workers in general. A trade agreement is completely different from an actual political union as exemplified by the EU (European Union). On paper, it looks wonderful: Imagine a population of 420 million people sharing the same currency (somebody coined it the Ameridollar) and a supranational government.
If you own a business in Mexico, you can already export your product to the other two countries with very little trouble and sometimes with no tariff whatsoever. The Detroit automakers have several industrial plants in the north of Mexico where wages are 1/10th of those in the U.S. But from there to imagine the disappearance of borders is a tremendous leap of faith, considering that we are actually building a wall on the 3,000 miles of our southern boundary.
While we may consider the eventual merger with Canada, notwithstanding the desire of Quebec to survive as a political entity, doing the same with the descendants of the Aztecs is absolute fiction for very good reasons:
1. History. We have a long history of warfare and intervention in Mexico, starting with the 1846-1848 war that ended with the aggregation of huge territories ceded by Mexico in the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. In modern times, we have another war conducted by drug lords who routinely breach the border to escalate the violence against American law enforcement. Mexicans do not like “Gringos”, although they admire our industry and our struggle for a better life.
2. Culture. Most Canadians speak English, but very few Mexicans do. Mexico has numerous Indian dialects (more than 50 different Indian languages are still spoken today) which pretty much insure that the speakers can never be assimilated into the national culture. It is lunacy to imagine that uneducated Mexicans (probably 70% of the population or 70 million people) would ever agree to a political and cultural union with us.
3. Legal Heritage. Mexico follows the Napoleonic Code of Justice in which people are considered guilty until proven otherwise. Again, the technical problems of merging two completely different legal philosophies are so great that the task is simply unfeasible.
4. An agreement similar to the Schengen Accord which allows free travel among 24 European countries would permit Mexican citizens to enter the U.S. and Canada and work without special requirements. Do you think that this measure would be approved by Congress when our lawmakers can’t even agree on a temporary workers’ program?
5. Political Opposition. Mexico has two political parties considered extreme left, not because they are liberal, but because they are fiercely nationalists. The PRD (Partido de la Revolucion Mexicana) and the PRI (Partido Revolucionario Institucional) have the word “Revolution” in their names. It means that their roots can be found in the Revolution of 1910 when Mexican troops rebelled against the dictator Porfirio Diaz. These two parties, together, control the Mexican Congress and they would never in a million years allow such a political union.
Those who claim that such a union is inevitable fail to understand the culture of Mexico, a very proud country with very inefficient and corrupt leaders. Their history is one of armed conflicts with European powers; they even had a French emperor for a while. For them, forming a political union with the United States and Canada is the equivalent of being invaded and conquered anew by the heirs of European empires.