Dec 26, 2013
The battle along the border never stops But the war machine does run into some bumps from time to time. A phenomenon known as “normalization” or “customization” has been taking effect in Mexico, the Southwest and across the U.S.A. It’s a process that with time creates a “new normal”. Essentially people can adapt to a new reality, that is much less palatable than the old reality….something like to what a baby does when his cries have been ignored for too long, and he’s too exhausted to keep up his complaining; And with time he adapts to the lack of love, or food, or care.
This has occurred already economically in the United States with the lack of opportunity, the high unemployment, the stagnant wages, rising prices, staggering debt and the devalued dollar. People seem to have gotten used to it. Any media or political force that would stir discontent, or point out that it doesn’t have to be this way, is suppressed by mainstream media and both major political parties.
Something similar has occurred in Mexico. Just as Obama has co-opted the Republican Party on warmongering, military-industrial complex worship, acceptance and implementation of war crimes; not to mention snooping, spying, and Bill of Rights bashing.
What happens here is that when you take the oppositions ammunition, they have nothing to shoot at you.
In Mexico, the new PRI president Nieto has stolen the ammunition from the PAN party much as Obama has pulled one over on the Republicans and the American people.
He has cracked down on some of the most corrupt unions, opened up Pemex to foreign investment, and in good conservative tradition, but with a liberal patina, has remained intransigent on the drug war and the thousands of deaths connected with it each year. Ten to Fifteen thousand Mexicans in their graves each year, sacrificed to the gods of greed and what is still essentially an American war on drugs, has become the new normal in Mexico.
Joined at the hip economically as the two countries there are posos and topos and bumps in the road of the tyranny of greed and deception that has swept over much of the world.
Many people in the U.S. have lost their appetite for the war on drugs and for wars of adventure. However…
Along the border of the Rio Grande it is impossible not to notice the ever burgeoning police state…A new Drug Blimp is going to be launched in Starr County, Texas. State Troopers are everywhere. Check points that were all over the Rio Grande Valley are gone now for the past 2 months or so; but the so called “Authorities” are very non-forthcoming when asked if they are coming back. (According to the DPS own statistics they were not very effective; however they did achieve a significant terror effect on the local populace.)
Oh, I forget to mention the helicopters, some unmarked, buzzing around like hornets.
While traveling about, large groups of police can be seen in what I would have to say were coordinated actions. These involved county, state, and local, as well as the constabulary.
Who are they maneuvering for? Spillover border violence, criminals, or could it be for you and me; in other words the public. No one will say.
A few things are known for sure. The border towns are more insecure than ever. Drugs and unauthorized people are crossing the border, and the drug war budget is soaring to even more dizzying heights.
And one more thing: For sure nothing will change until the people of Mexico and the United States demand it. And the “new normal” will get worse until people do stand up.
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.