|Not a fan of these guys, but their point is well-taken|
Apparently to people like donald trump, his followers, and the many politicians and media personalities (two fingers up at you Bobby Knight and Lou Holtz) who support him, Mexico and Mexican people are so inconsequential that they can be disrespected as a group ('They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're bringing rapists' - The real donald trump), as well as threatened, intimidated, and insulted as a nation (that they could be forced to pay for a border wall that bears Trump's name). As anyone who has lived, worked, and gone to school with Mexican people knows, trump and his people are wrong. Mexicans are not to be messed with.
The Mexican people I have known are proud and determined, have great ideas and entrepreneurial energy, work hard and work smart and work together to build futures for their families. The Mexican people I've gone to school with are ambitious and focused, diligent and well-read, insightful and walk with integrity. The Mexican people I see from afar, lined up for work, doing very demanding physical labor, and hustling in service industry jobs, actually do seem to be the best people in direct contrast to Trump's statement that Mexico is not 'sending it's best.' Not that Mexican people are better than other people, rather, the Mexican people I have known, worked with, gone to school with, and seen from afar represent the best of humanity and the best of what America is about. I believe America is truly blessed to have Mexican people choose America as the place to invest their dreams, ideas, sweat equity, and hard earned money.
And Mexico and Mexican people are not to be messed with.
Mexico is our third largest trading partner, our neighbor to the south, and, I'd argue, our most important ally in the world. Why? Well imagine you have a home. And you have a neighbor immediately to your right. And that neighbor happens to be a crucial business partner. And that neighbor happens to have a plot of land that is resource rich (ask Elon Musk where he's going to get the lithium for Nevada's enormous electric car battery plant) and has vast human resources within their sphere of influence. By the way, that neighbor's brother happens to be among the richest people on earth (Mexican national Carlos Slim is worth $56 Billion dollars and could literally by trump 14 times over). Oh yeah, and that neighbor's neighbor, the house on the other side of that neighbor (much of Central America) is pretty rowdy, having dabbled in drugs and death squads and all kinds of things you really ain't ready for. Then there's the little reality that your number one competitor (the business rival who wants to buy out all your distributors, the young, hungry upstart gunning for your job, the wealthy, super fit old friend of your spouse who is reaching out on Facebook, AKA China investing heavily in the Mexican energy sector) is calling this neighbor like, "Hey dude, get the wife and kids and come on my Yacht for a golf weekend on my island resort?"
Would you walk up to this particular neighbor and business partner at the PTA meeting, spit in their face, slap their food out of their hand, and call their kids and their mama ugly? I hope you would never do that to anyone, but would you ever even dream of doing that to this particular neighbor? You would not. Not unless you were a narcissistic, self-destructive, megalomaniac with tiny, pig-in-a-blanket fingers and a huge overcompensation tick for a debilitating insecurity rotting right in the middle of you. Not unless you are donald trump.
A real businessperson would never, ever disrespect America's third largest trading partner. A real American would never ever threaten to eject its newest wave of replenishing human energy and enthusiasm. A real man would never look down on another man, a hard-working man (whether he's working construction or inventing color television).
But Trump is not a businessman. Trump is a charlatan and snake oil salesman. Trump is not a real American. Trump is a citizen of his own ego in the bizarro universe called reality television. Trump is not a real man. Trump is a fool and he would do well to ask folks who don't live in golden towers about Mexican people. Here's a hint. They are not to be messed with.
Trumps first hateful statement about Mexican people should have disqualified him for office. Politicians, like businesspeople, have to be correct and intelligent when speaking publicly. Trump's statement against our most important ally, really the one country in the world other than Canada that we actually NEED to have a great relationship with, is not bold. It is cowardly and stupid and based upon a racist view of a nation and a large block of American citizens.
As Americans who care about the present and future of our nation, we need to embarrass Trump and his Trumpettes on election day, organize a concerted effort to defeat any politician that has endorsed or supported him, and boycott any company that does business with the media personalities that have joined his bandwagon. Between now and election day we'd do well to understand that Mexico and Mexican people are not to be messed with. On election day and beyond, do yourself a favor and get to know and understand the truth about Mexico and Mexican people. Anything less would be uncivilized.