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This all started when a dear friend sent me one of those forwarded emails. The content was basically a rant against Mexican laws involving things like citizenship and voting.
So I did a little research about the Mexican Constitution and their Immigration laws. I was totally surprised by what I found out.
Here are two of the items from the email:
1. All ballots will be in this nation's language.
2. Non-residents will not have the right to vote.
This started an in depth look at Mexico's laws and a search for the truth.
The truth is:
1. Yes, the ballots are in Spanish, because Spanish is the official language of Mexico.
Note 1: The official Mexican Government website does not have any information in English.
Note 2: I don't know when Spanish became the second language of the United States of America, but it seems that it has become an official second language, as even the USA dot GOV website has a Spanish language button.
Note 3: English is not the official language of the United States. We don't have an official language that has been declared by the Federal Government.
2. Actually the Mexican law reads, only citizens can vote, and foreigners can not vote.
Note: Citizens are people born in Mexico or naturalized.
As you may be aware, President Obama has made it a point, to strongly suggest that other countries governments support LGBT Equal Rights. Well, from my research, I'd say that some of those countries have been listening and acting.
But I wondered why the USA has no laws supporting LGBT rights. I don't consider some city, county or state passing some piecemeal laws, as supporting equal rights. Equal Rights should be a Federal Law that applies to the whole country.
Have Americans forgotten, Government of the people, by the people, for the people, Land of the free, We the people, With liberty and justice for all?
Are these just empty words?
The Constitution of the United States has been in use for about 225 years. The original articles outlined the authority and structure of the Federal Government. It wasn't until 78 years later, that some laws addressing people's rights was added, and this was followed 2 years later, by laws addressing state rights.
Women did not get the right to vote until 1921, or 134 years after the Constitution was put into effect.
In the last 225 years, there have only been 27 amendments made to the Constitution of the United States, and in all those years, over 10,000 amendments have been proposed, but not enacted.
So the bottom line is that our Congress passed the equivalent of 1 amendment every 8 years, while knocking down 44 a year. This does not look very efficient at all.
Please keep in mind that the Constitution of the United States was written at the Philadelphia Convention, when they knew that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were out of the country.
Note: I believe that Adams and Jefferson would have strongly objected to the way it was written.
In the preamble, "We the People", does not apply to Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans or Women, because these people had no rights at the time.
Article 1: describes the Congress, the legislative branch of the federal government.
Section 1, reads, All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.
The Bill of Rights was added, more to protect State's rights than People's rights.
Note 1: I don't think that the creators of the USA Constitution ever dreamt of running something as big as fifty states.
Note 2: USA land mass equals 3,794,101 square miles.
Note 3: The Federal Government oversees 50 states.
Now let's take a brief look at the Constitution of the United States of Mexico, which has been in existence for 96 years and was last updated on 07/19/2013.
Note: the Mexican Constitution is about 250 pages long and has 123 Articles.
The Mexican Constitution has been amended or reformed over 245 times just in the last ten years. It's obvious that their legislators have been very busy and have made an average of 24 changes a year over the last ten years.
So, is the first item in the Mexican Constitution about the Government?
Article 1 - In the Mexican United States all persons shall enjoy the rights recognized by this Constitution and the international treaties of which the Mexican State is a party, as well as the guarantees for their protection, the exercise of which may not be restricted or suspended, except in the cases and under the conditions referred to in this Constitution.
The rules on human rights shall be interpreted in accordance with the Constitution and international treaties giving people the broadest protection at all times.
All the authorities, within the scope of their powers, have the obligation to promote, respect, protect and guarantee human rights in accordance with the principles of universality, indivisibility, interdependence and progressiveness. Consequently, the State must prevent, investigate, punish and remedy violations of human rights, in the terms established by law.
Slavery is prohibited in the United States of Mexico. Foreign slaves entering the country reach, by this fact alone, freedom and the protection of the laws.
All discrimination motivated by ethnic or national origin, gender, age, disability, social status, health status, religion, opinions, sexual preference, marital status or any other that violates the dignity of humans and is intended to nullify or impair the rights and freedoms of individuals, is prohibited.
Note 1: Mexico land mass equals 761,606 square miles.
Note 2: The Federal Government oversees 31 states.
In the United States of America, there has been much debate about voter registration and ID Cards, with states making up laws as they please. There has been an objection to requiring ID Cards, with statements that it would prevent the elderly, minorities and the poor from voting. Of course a Government issued ID card costs about $36.00, so that may be a hardship for some potential voters.
Note 1: Although the USA does not have a national ID card, if the police stop you and you can't produce ID, you can be arrested.
Note 2: Only about 50% of eligible voters in the USA are registered to vote.
Mexico has a national ID card.
Mexico Immigration Laws 2012
Article 104 - The Citizen Identity Card is the official identification, which makes full proof of identity data it contains in relation to its owner.
Article 105 - The Citizen Identity Card will have value as a means of personal identification to all Mexican authorities either in the country or abroad, and individuals and companies domiciled in the country.
Article 106 - No person shall be punished by not carrying their Citizen Identification Card.
Article 107 - The Citizen Identity Card shall contain at least the following identifying data:
1. Surname, maiden name and name (s);
2. Clave single population register; (Note: Like the US Census)
3. Photograph of the holder;
4. Place of birth;
5. Date of birth;
6. Signature and fingerprint.
Article 108 - The holder of a Citizen Identity Card is responsible for its safekeeping and preservation.
Article 109 - The Citizen Identity Card must be renewed;
1. At the latest 90 days before the end of its term which may not exceed 15 years.
2. When is impaired by its use.
3. When the physical traits of a person change in such a way that the picture does not correspond with the card-holder.
In all cases, the carrier must return the citizen identity card before collecting the new one.
Article 110 - When a citizen identity card is lost or destroyed you must give notice to the Secretary of the Interior within 30 days and request a replacement.
Article 111 - The Ministry of the Interior may issue an identification document to Mexican minors under the age of 18 years, according to the terms established by the regulations under this law.
Article 112 - The Ministry of the Interior will provide the Federal Electoral Institute the information from the national registry of citizens which is necessary for the integration of the electoral instruments, in the terms provided for by law. They may also provide it to other agencies and public entities that require it for the exercise of its powers.
Note 1: The government pays for the ID card.
Note 2: Although most Mexicans are poor, by American standards, somehow over 95% of Mexican citizens eligible to vote managed to get ID cards and be registered to vote.
Note 3: Each voting place has a register with everyone's name and photo of who's eligible to vote in that district.
Note 4: When each voter checks in, their thumb is smudged with an indelible ink that lasts for about two days, so they can't vote twice.
Note 5: If this idea was instituted in the USA, I would suggest adding the two letter state abbreviation to the ID card too, like CA, FL, NY etc., this would insure that the citizen was voting in their state of current residence.
Bottom Line: Before the next American citizen starts crying about illegal aliens, undocumented immigrants or services being used by non-citizens, they should read the Mexican Immigration and Constitution Laws (you'll need a translator, as they don't come in English) and then ask yourself: What's wrong with America and the government that's running it?
Term limits for all elected and appointed people in the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of the Federal Government. Terms shall be limited to total of eight years for the President and Congress members. No more "life time" appointments for the Supreme Court or any other government position. In recent surveys Fortune 500 executives have indicated that the average new hire lasts about two years, four years is considered a long time employee. Since so many major American companies have moved or outsourced their work to other countries, the chance of the average American worker finding a career job of twenty years or longer, are almost non-existent. With this in mind, why should a Congress member be able to stay in office for fifty years by continually getting re-elected, even though his job approval rating is less than 10%?
Probation for all newly elected Congress people. Just like any other job in America, new employees are on probation until they can prove themselves capable of doing the job. If they can't do the job, they get fired. After six months the citizens from a Congress person's state should be able to view the voting record online and vote yes or no on whether the Congress person is doing their job. A majority of "No" votes and the person will be fired, not to be replaced until the next election.
Campaign financing limits should ensure that each of the main political parties receives approximately $25 million of public financing for a three-month campaign. They can also receive 10% of their funds from supporters, but no one can give more than $75,000.
A religious group in New York should not be allowed to pump millions of dollars into California campaigns to sway people's opinions before they vote on a proposed California law.
Politicians should not be allowed to use religious organizations to enhance their chances or to put down those competing against them for election.
Medical coverage for government officials should be just like any other American citizen. No government official should be allowed to use V A facilities unless they are on active duty or retired from the military.
Retirement plans for government officials should be just like the average American worker gets and all government officials should pay into the Social Security system.
If the Congress members refuse to stop tacking on 200 "extras" on every two page Bill that comes before them, then the President should have a "Line Item Veto" power, to stop some of the wasteful, pork barrel foolishness, that's been going on for way too long.
This could be a start in the right direction for America. Please take the survey below and click the "SUBMIT" button when you are finished. You will then see the totals of all votes cast.