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I am back. I know it has been some time since my last article, but that does not mean I have been silenced.

Most of you are fully aware that I am admittedly a strongly opinionated, extremely vocal man of the people. A self-proclaimed defender of the common man...the little guy...the underdog...the average Joe.

Thankfully, The Ellis County Press has graciously agreed to publish my rants within the editorial section, even though they know that they can’t always predict which direction I may turn.

During the years I have taken positions both popular and unpopular on issues and I intend to continue doing the same. I am less concerned about you agreeing with me than I am about you forming your own opinions.

The biggest problem is choosing which story should be first. There is so much to write about on many different issues.

But fear not..I am sure I can get to them all. In fact I am so sure that I can solve all the world’s problems I am considering writing a book and telling everyone how it should be done. Now, doesn’t that sound like the same old me?

I recently read an interesting article about a U. S. Border Patrol Agent being held at gunpoint by members of the Mexican military who had crossed the border into Arizona. I just couldn’t let this go.

Allegedly this sort of behavior has been going on for years according to union Local 2544 of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC).

The Washington Times reported the Local had stated on it’s webpage, "Unfortunately, this sort of behavior by the Mexican military personnel has been going on for years.

"They are never held accountable, and the United States government will undoubtedly brush this off as another case or "Oh well, they didn’t know they were in the United States."

Reportedly there have been more than 200 confirmed incursions by the Mexican military into the United States since 1996.

This incident occurred in the same area where heavily armed members of the Mexican military riding in a Humvee shot their 50 caliber rifle through a border patrol agent’s rear window as he sped away.

A year ago U. S. Law enforcement authorities were confronted by automatic weapons fire as they chased and caught a drug smuggling suspect fleeing Texas into Mexico. Reportedly no one was hurt in that incident.

According to the Times, in January 2007 heavily armed men in Mexican military uniforms fired on Texas officers with a 50 caliber machine gun mounted on a camouflaged Humvee.

Officers at the scene identified the men as "soldiers."

The deputies has spotted and chased three SUV’s as they attempted to drive north from the Rio Grande.

One vehicle was found abandoned with 1,400 pounds if marijuana after it blew a tire. Another made it back to Mexico and the third was set ablaze by the soldiers in the middle of the Rio Grande after they had unloaded the drugs.

In another report the Sheriff of Zapata County is quoted as stating that in 2006 three of his deputies had spotted about 25 men dressed in military uniforms marching two abreast and carrying duffel bags and automatic weapons and that his "outmanned and outgunned deputies" were forced to retreat.

I am pretty sure that most of you can see where this is going. Do you see what is coming? Sometimes I feel like I have been placed into some sort of coma by an evil force and they are forcing me to live in this alternate universe where nothing makes any sense.

How is it we allow Mexican military personnel to send armed troops into the United States of America and shoot at our law enforcement officers? How is it we can allow drug smugglers to retain the services of Mexican military personnel to guard their illegal transport of drugs into our country? Why aren’t we reading about how members of the Mexican military were gunned down in an exchange of gunfire with American military personnel after making armed incursions in support of drug dealers?

Enough of the same old same old, "well they didn’t know they were in the United States". I am calling BS on that one. We have global positioning systems that can tell me within a meter of where I am standing on this planet. And guess what?

The Mexican military has the same systems. Whether they know how to use them might be at issue, but not whether they have them.

We wonder why we can’t win the war on drugs. Well, this might be a small example of why.

Drug dealers have the money and resources to hire the Mexican military, and they know that they can shoot at our people and nothing will be done about it.

They know they can cross our borders, fire 50 caliber machine guns at our law enforcement personnel, distribute drugs and get away with it.

So, who is really to blame here? The Mexican military guy who obviously doesn’t care about our laws or our borders and is doing this for fast cash...or our elected officials who allow it?

Simple solution here. We need a demilitarized zone (DMZ) between Mexico and the United States.

We need to enforce our border security by aggressively defending our borders, by the use of lethal force if necessary, and we need to destroy these drug routes and those who use them.

A little 50 caliber machine gun fire going south across the border might fix this little problem. That are we could just establish another few outpost along the border and deal with this problem as we dealt with those problems at the Alamo and San Jacinto with honor, blood and gunpowder.


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