Republished from 2012
A Nation Of Victims
The psychological experiment in learned helplessness of an entire nation is proceeding apace in Mexico. There is no enemy that the people can fight with, and no weapons to fight back, assuming they could engage an enemy. The cartels are all powerful and the people are all victims. Their protectors in the police, army, and in government are at best unreliable and inept and corrupt. At worst they are the criminal organization.
So especially in Northern Mexico people retreat and hide, go into various forms of denial etc. And the municipalities and security forces do the same. Mexico’s agony and passion has lessons for all of us North of the Rio Grande.
From Second Amendment rights to stand your ground laws, to defending life and property, to being something more than a victim; these are some of the many issues that are related to what is happening in Mexico. Also there is personal responsibility and the right to make choices.
On the other side of the coin, there is the philosophy of “Letting the state have a monopoly of force” and the people are not to be trusted, and they should not even fight back when attacked.” And that the state should regulate all behavior. The debate goes on both sides of the border.
A nation of victims. I don’t want to roll that way.
Born in Houston, Texas and moved to Raymondvile, Texas in 1969. Family bought a radio station and helped with the family business until it was sold in 1997. Since then started an agency and mostly writes about experiences in Deep South Texas. Writers of the Rio Grande founder, editor and contributing author.