l. Bougainvilleas are everywhere. They blossom year round. We walk down lanes strewn with petals.
I didn't leave Canada. Canada left me. Canadians have no civil rights.
Although a citizen, I cannot return to my country of 70-years unless I accept experimental gene therapy & absurd hotel ($2000) & 2-week home quarantine for a "virus" I do not have, has no symptoms and may not even exist. I am a political exile.
Mexico's narco violence has served a useful purpose: to keep foreigners out of what is a pretty good place to live, especially in today's world.
by Henry Makow PhD
I have been here since December 2020, so I don't claim to be an expert.
Mexico is a second-world country. It combines the comforts of the first world (if you have some dinero) with the charm of the third world. I now live in a town like Aspen Colorado, surrounded by hills, except cheaper, no snow and more Mexicans.
Here are ten things I like and five things I don't like, in no particular order.
1) Fruit and vegetables are plentiful, cheap and garden fresh. Limes, pomegranates, tangerines and avocados grow in peoples' yards. There is a large variety of exotic birds and animals, trees and cacti. Even the cacti bear fruit and flowers.
Left, Cranes nest in the tree tops.
2) The Masonic Jewish (Communist) social engineering is targeting the West. Thus, gender distinctions are alive and well here. Men are men and women are women. There is a strong Catholic tradition and family values. People love their children.
3) Cheap to live. A lot of people live hand-to-mouth; a kilo of corn tortillas cost about a dollar. Each town seems self-sufficient and could probably withstand social breakdown. Humanity has this in common: the
need for food, clothes and a roof to keep out the rain. We are haunted
by the fear of hunger although we don't know it.
Moreover, Mexico is not a welfare state. People must scramble to survive. They are resourceful and hard working. People spread a sheet on the sidewalk and sell handcrafts, vegetables or fruit. Tasty ("rica") smells emanate from hole-in-the wall taco stands surrounded by hungry customers. The call of "Churros" or "Tamales" is heard in the night. People sell candy and fly swatters at street lights. I estimate there are 5000 small businesses, stalls and carts in this town of 50,000 and I expect many go all day with few or no sales.
There is the blind beggar, the serenaders with guitars, shoe shiners, portrait makers and the statue-man busking for change.
Although I don't look Mexican, I have never been charged a "gringo" price or cheated. They tell me when i overpaid.
4. Everyone says buenos dias (good morning) and buenos tardes (good afternoon.) This creates a sense of courtesy and social solidarity.
5. You can buy alcohol -- liquor, beer and wine -- in convenience stores and supermarkets. Generic Viagra is available without prescription at 1/4 the price. Cuban Cohibas are cheap. Internet and banking are first world. Non-import goods are about 2/3 of what I'm used to paying. We're dealing with an economy catering mostly to poor people.
6. No multiculturalism. This is a country with some self-respect. Almost everyone is of either indigenous or Spanish descent, or some shade in between. There is a 500-year history, rich culture and strong sense of national identity. This is not a "post-national" state being eaten alive by Communist termites. (Fidelito's Canada.)
7. Unlike Canada, Mexico has free speech and a free press with a variety of viewpoints.
8. House architecture & gardens.
9. The elections aren't rigged. There are actual alternatives.
10. The weather is great, year-round. No winter chills. Sunny almost every day.
I don't like--
1. Organized crime. Cops are underpaid. The wheels of justice grind slowly. A neighbour took five years to evict a tenant who didn't pay his rent. Locals are extorted by criminal gangs. My wife's hair dresser had to close his shop, move and work discreetly out of his home to throw them off his track. There seems to be a lot of political corruption but at least it is aired out in the media.
2. Morons -- most Mexicans wear masks. I saw one idiot watering his garden in a mask. Obviously Mexico has to pay lip service to the UN/WHO. The President, "Amlo" doesn't want to be assassinated. But I'm hopeful that the vaccinations they are using are not the harmful variety. Mexico is not slated to be depopulated according to Deagel, if we can put any weight in that. There are no vaccine passports and no talk of them.
3. It's taking Mexico forever to legalize and make cannabis available. The best thing about Canada today is the legal cannabis. Apart from my friends, I also miss fresh salmon, albacore tuna, lamb chops, A&W Teen burgers and Smith's corned beef and pastrami. Also medium roast coffee (Mexican coffee is all dark roast) and English used bookstores.
4. Government bureaucracy is a pain in the ass. Had to remarry my wife of 20 years because our Canadian marriage certificate wasn't notarized by a Mexican consulate in Canada!? When you marry someone you're already married to, is it bigamy?
5. Barking dogs. Prosperous Mexicans live behind tall walls in gated communities but still feel they need guard dogs they often neglect. Neighbours must listen to them bark and whine. Speed bumps everywhere. Cobblestone streets. Firecrackers in the middle of the night on holidays.
In conclusion, Mexico is far from perfect but it is still a vestige of a more civilized bygone era.
I'm sure readers who are more familiar with the Mexican scene will advise.