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A Real Tale of True Grit

In the movie, "True Grit," (based on a novel of the same name), a 14-year old Arkansan named Mattie Lee Ross (played by Kim Darby) hires Rooster Cogburn (the John Wayne character), the toughest lawman around, to help her hunt down Tom Chaney, her father's killer. The problem is that Chaney has since joined a vicious gang who has fled to the Oklahoma Territory, where there is basically no law. Ross, Cogburn, and a Texas Ranger named La Boeuf, who's also after Chaney (played by Glen Campbell) have to do the job on their own.

In a real-life, Mexican version of the story, a young woman named Marisol Valles Garcia is both Mattie Lee Ross AND the sheriff, having been sworn in as such by the small Mexican town of Praxedis Guadaloupe. She is taking on the nearby drug gangs for the sake of her baby SON. Unlike Ross et. al., there is no thought of her actually going after the drugsters. With a 13- person (nine women) police force armed with only one car and four guns, they will have enough to do to protect the town by providing a "deterrent."

Still, a symbolic defense is better than no defense at all, and she will rely on support from the Mexican government, and possibly the United States in "backup" roles. Mexico has its hands full fighting the drug wars, but it is also our fight too, as druggers killed an American man who was inadvertently jet-skiing in their territory, barely sparing his wife. It's clear that there will be no rule of law in northern Mexico, spilling over into the southern United States, as the gangs go unchecked.

We have, in effect, another "Pancho Villa" (Mexican) gangster invasion of the United States. Almost a century ago, an American general named John "Blackjack" Pershing launched a counterinvasion of Mexico that almost captured Villa. A German-American, he shortly proceeded to teach the Germans a lesson as commander of the American forces in World War I.

These were the same Germans that were so impressed with Pancho Villa's raid, that they offered MEXICO an alliance to stab the United States in the back, and get back Texas, California, and the land in between. When Britain intercepted the so-called Zimmerman telegram in April, 1917, that, and not the sinking of the Lusitania brought America into the war against Germany.