Fasten your seat belts, folks. The ride ahead is going to be rocky.
Vicente Fox, snake oil salesman extraordinaire, has just finished a trip to the Midwest demanding "justice" for Mexican illegal aliens.
Fox will return in September to go for "the whole enchilada," a phrase his double-talking compadre Juan Hernandez is fond of.
The translation for "enchilada" is amnesty.
Before I tell you the way things really are between Mexico and the U.S., a tip of the sombrero to Señor Fox and his advance men. No one can set the table any better than the Mexican contingent did.
First, Fox immediately sized up President George W. Bush as a chump - a real patsy for Fox's open-borders agenda. Bush is out of his league against Fox.
Then Fox appointed Hernandez, a former professor at the University of Texas-Dallas, to his cabinet. Hernandez's job is to go to every city with a substantial Mexican population to tell them that, even though they are in the U.S. illegally, they are entitled to driver's licenses, financial aid for college tuition, additional health benefits, amnesty and God knows what else.
Fox and Hernandez have the mainstream media eating out of their hands. Whatever they said is endorsed heartily in the editorial pages the following day.
No matter how outrageous the Mexican agenda, the media buys it hook, line and sinker.
Amnesty is obviously a matter of great importance to the U.S. but the media refuses to tell both sides of the story. Here's an example.
On June 23, the Los Angeles Times reported in the first sentence of its front page story that "Mexican and American officials unveiled a sweeping program Friday to improve safety for people crossing illegally into the U.S."
In other words, the governments of Mexico and the U.S. are working together to make it easier for Mexicans to break our laws. That two sovereign nations conspire to enable one nation to break the other's laws is unprecedented in world history. The Times reported it with the nonchalance of yesterday's Dodger game.
That the reporters might show some indignation at the very idea of aiding law-breakers is too much to expect. But the story quoted seven sources who thought the idea of aiding and abetting law-breakers was just dandy. Anyone opposed? None who were cited.
With Bush in his pocket and the media his lap dogs, Fox doesn't need much more help. But, smart fellow that he is, Fox has a very well-defined plan. Simply stated, his goal is to send as many Mexicans north as he possibly can.
Fox is way too cunning to state his objective so boldly. Everything is couched in feel-good phrases like "win-win," "real democracy" and "universal prosperity."
But in his five-year plan, "Plan Nacional de Desarrollo 2001-2005," Fox outlines it all. One of his foreign policy strategic objectives "is to strengthen and defend the rights of all Mexicans abroad."
Fox projects a greater consular presence in the U.S. and "greater participation in multilateral organizations to promote common positions on issues of national interest such as migration."
And Bush, laboring under the absurd delusion that the more he gives away to the Mexicans, the more likely he is to receive their votes, can't get cozy enough with Fox.
So while America's leaders remain paralyzed by the fear that they might be called "racist" or by the thought that the Latino voting block (which they never had and never will) may turn against them, they allow Fox and Hernandez to come to town and tell us how things are going to be.
Here's a little straight talk: The Mexican population in the U.S. is nearly 20 million. Each and every one of them lives better here than they would in Mexico. Why else would they come?
Fox wants more for the Mexicans living in America.
Who among us doesn't want more?
The existing deal for Mexicans is pretty good. They come illegally, have little threat of being returned, find jobs not available in their country and frequently receive social services.
Their children attend K-12 schools at the taxpayers' expense and their newborn children become U.S. citizens.
And if Bush thinks "regularizing" (the new politically correct word for amnesty coined earlier this week) will stop illegal immigration, then he needs to do his math.
Before the 1986 amnesty, 5 million illegals lived in the U.S. According to Census 2000, 12 million illegals currently reside here.
In this heated debate, the following support granting amnesty - sorry, regularization - to illegal aliens: Presidents Jorge Bush and Vicente Fox, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Attorney General John Ashcroft, U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein and every major media outlet in the U.S.
And even though a CNN poll taken July 16 showed that 80 percent of all Americans are opposed to amnesty, who speaks on your behalf?
Absolutely no one, that's who. Unless, of course, you are willing to speak up for yourself.
Joe Guzzardi, an instructor at the Lodi Adult School, has been writing a weekly opinion column since 1988. He can be reached via e-mail.