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Posted on 10/27/2007 11:58:44 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) -- Former Mexican President Vicente Fox said Friday his native country and the United States would benefit from electing a female president.
The reason, Fox said, is that women in leadership have different characteristics than their male counterparts. These traits have long been embraced by businesses across the world, he said, but they have yet to take hold in government.
``Maybe it is because having kids is such a special thing. ... (Women) think about the future more, they think about their children,'' he said during a lecture at Buena Vista University in northwest Iowa.
During an afternoon session with about 800 students and faculty, Fox took questions and offered a free range of opinions on issues such as corruption in Mexico and the merits of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Fox said he was an honest leader, setting himself apart from former Mexican leaders by being the first to release his personal finances to the public.
Fox also reminded the audience of his commitment to remain in Mexico after he left office. He said his decision prompted criticism from people who were not used to his style.
``We decided to go against the culture that a former president is not allowed to participate. We decided to stay in Mexico. We decided to work for the future,'' said Fox, who ended 71 years of Institutional Revolutionary Party rule with his historic election in July 2000.
He later added, ``It's like Don Quixote said. 'Sancho, if dogs are barking than we are advancing.' That is what's happening in Mexico right now.''
When asked by a student if the United States was losing its greatness, Fox seemed to take a jab at President Bush.
``The core values that make this nation great are just that, core values,'' he said. ``It is just that, sometimes, they are lost and need to be recuperated.''
Fox also complained of the United States' trade arrangement with Mexico, saying that Americans are slow to accept that the ``world is flat'' a reference to Tom Friedman's best selling book about globalization.
``God did not create borders,'' he said. ``He did not create divisions.''
At an evening session with about 220 invitees, Fox defended Mexican immigrants in the United States as ``those who take risk, those who will leave their families and go out to work for them.
``That's why I admire so much the Mexican people here,'' he said. ``They make your life better, maybe they build your homes. ... They are here because they are needed.''
Fox repeated his skepticism and concern about the United States' plan to build a wall along its southern border.
``That was not the spirit of those who came to found this nation,'' Fox said.
``This is a land of immigrants, a great nation, a leader in the world. That's why I don't understand building a wall.''
Fox was scheduled to attend another campus event Saturday morning before departing.
Is it just me or does Fox look like Steve Doocy’s twin brother with a moustache?
“``Maybe it is because having kids is such a special thing. ... (Women) think about the future more, they think about their children,’’ he said during a lecture at Buena Vista University in northwest Iowa. “
Yeah, it’s called socialism.
Go back to that hell hole you helped create, Fox. If you had pulled this crappola back when those with the "spirit who came to found this nation" were still around, you'd be tarred and feathered....or worse and yes, they'd have built a fence!
Yo, Vinnie ... Genesis chapter 11.
This guy needs a STFU burrito....
“``God did not create borders,’’ he said. ``He did not create divisions.’’ “
Hey, great!! Let’s all go to Mexico!! I could go for a nice, warm winter home.
There is also that commandment (not suggestion) about NOT coveting what belongs to your neighbor.
After all, looks what she did for China as co-president.
Of course it was our current president that encouraged all these Mexican officials to get involved in US politics in the first place.
YEP....FREE for ALL in Mexico! Yippee.....maybe we could clean up the water so we can eat and drink freely, too!
It’d do no harm, anyway...just as long as she’s not one like, oh, let’s say, the one who’s actually in the race right now.
....or worse and yes, they’d have built a fence!<<<<
Or putting our armies on the border and pushing back the hordes of foreign invaders.
Mr. Fox, please read Numbers, chapter 34 in the Bible.
What the heck? Shouldn’t Fox’s ideas about no borders flow both ways? Just try going into his country illegally and see what it gets us.
If one country(Mexico) invades another country(USA) should not the USA be striking back? forcefully?
JUST ONCE I'd like to see one of these pious airholes smoked out with this question.
Vincente Fox-in-the-henhouse needs the Dems and RINOs to push through his financial future.
STFU Vincente. We do not care.
Note to Mr. Fox....you’re country would benefit from a leader who’s not BOUGHT AND PAID FOR by the drug cartel.
I wonder what he thinks of Margaret Thatcher? I would vote for another one of her as quickly as I would vote for another Ronald Reagan.
Actually, I hope he keeps talking. It helps to anger folks and keep them focused. The fence still needs to be built and we have tens of million illegals to deport.
“``God did not create borders,’’ he (Vicente Fox) said. ``He did not create divisions.’’”
This from the former president of one of the most xenophobic nations in the world!?
My great-grandfather was among those miners who Pancho Villa tried to murder. For those who don’t know, miners at a site in northern Mexico were shepherded into a mine and threatened with death by dynamite - Pancho Villa was going to blow up the mine and buy them alive. Today Pancho Villa is idolized as a great national hero while in reality he was nothing but a criminal. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that narco trafficantes are often perceived heroically by the Mexican public and glamourized in the popular press, music, and movies.
I have freinds who are Mexican citizens and others who are naturalized U.S. citizens, and they are fine people I admire. But the government of Mexico makes for a very poor neighbor. NO BORDERS, Fox says. Huh! Not until Mexico changes it’s xenophobic laws concerning U.S. citizens should we rest easy.