Monday, April 4, 2011

Farmers, Fight!

More than just an Aggie battle cry, this is now a way of life for the farmers and ranchers living along the U.S. border with Mexico. Border violence is a “sensitive topic”, a political “hot potato” issue, that, while people in Washington may fear diplomatic faux pas, Americans on the border fear and face murder and assault by Mexican drug cartels. The violence has already killed almost 35,000 people in Mexico in the last five years and our borders are not stopping it. The narcotics mafias, armed with automatic weapons and grenades, use intimidation tactics and terrorism to keep their drug thoroughfares clear on private property, ranchland, and farmland. American witnesses have been killed on U.S. soil by foreign traffickers. Now, other residents and workers know to cast a blind eye to crime or pay with their life.

Visit this site: Protect Your Texas Border or Restore our Border (AZ) for personal accounts, photos, and news. I am proud that our Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, Todd Staples, has taken a stand against it and is helping to direct national attention.

Congressional members from the border states need support from non-border states. Especially if you are not a border state resident, please write your U.S. Representative or Senator. If you don’t know what to write, you may copy from this post, and even quote Article 1, Section 8 and Article 4, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution.

Fight the drug terrorists and fight the addictions that sponsor them.

What do you Think?

1 comment:

  1. I broached the issue of drug-related border violence because of Commissioner Staples' recent statement about its effects on the Ag sector...and because yesterday as I was listening to the radio in Spanish, it was reported that several famous musicians have postponed or canceled their tours because of the drug-related violence in Mexico. When the music stops in Latin America, something is very wrong.

    Most people I've discussed this with have wished to keep their comments anonymous, which is understandable. One comment I am permitted to share is "The border problems mean very few U.S. citizens dare cross the border. Lack of reliable law enforcement means it's just not safe. We feel sorry for the law-abiding citizens of Northern Mexico who relied on tourist dollars for a living"

    I am still hoping more of you all will Think out loud. Thanks for contributing.